The Rev. Dr. Edwin Aponte examines aspects of a "post-Christian culture"

April 03, 2018

Submitted by Soon Beng Yeap
Director of Communications, Iliff School of Theology

On April 17, the Rec. Dr. Edwin Aponte, Executive Director of the Louisville Institute, will offer a public lecture at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. The event will take place from 3:30 p.m. in Shattuck Hall. 

In these volatile times of increasing discord, growing distrust, changing and sometimes declining religious belonging, there are some people who claim that the United States is living in a post-Christian culture and that the nation is unmoored from its supposed Christian foundations, which is the chief cause of the present instability. What do people mean by a “post-Christian culture”? What are the implications of that claim for those interested in embodied transformative public theologies guided by justice and love? Louisville Institute Executive Director Edwin Aponte, Ph.D., will examine such claims and concerns with an eye for what this means for the working for the Common Good.

Bio: Edwin David Aponte is Executive Director of the Louisville Institute. Funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Louisville Institute seeks to help the flourishing of the religious life of North American Christians and to encourage the strengthening of their institutions by bringing together those who lead religious institutions with those who study them, so that the work of each might inform and enrich the work of the other. Dr. Aponte also serves as Research Professor of Religion and Culture at Louisville Seminary.

Dr. Aponte graduated from Gordon College (B.A.), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.A.T.S.), and Temple University (M.A., Ph.D.). As a cultural historian of Latinx religions and cultures, Dr. Aponte explores faith, spirituality, and culture, especially the intersections of race, ethnicity, and religion, congregational studies, and religion and politics. His writings include Santo! Varieties of Latino/a Spirituality (Orbis Books, 2012), and he was co-editor of Handbook of Latina/o Theologies (Chalice Press, 2006) and co-author of Introducing Latino/a Theologies (Orbis Books, 2001), both with Miguel A. De La Torre


Other Meetings (April 17, 2018 at Iliff School of Theology):

10:00 – 11:00 am: Conversation with pastors and others engaged in ministry

“Grants for Ministry Leaders”

There are various grants available to those engaged in ministry to conduct research projects, as well as grants clergy and congregational renewal. The Louisville Institute is one source that provides grants and fellowships to individuals and organizations in ministry that help the flourishing of North American Christians and enhances church, academy, and wider society. This open forum will discuss and give advice on an assortment of project and renewal grants available to pastors and others engaged in various types of ministry.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch with Iliff and DU Ph.D. faculty

“Funding for Scholars in Religious Studies and Theology”

Funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Louisville Institute provides grants and fellowships to scholars in theological and religious studies at various stages of their career for a wide variety of research projects. Louisville Institute Executive Director Edwin Aponte, Ph.D., will be available to discuss research funding opportunities.

1:30 – 3:00 pm:  Time with Doctoral Students

“Funding for the Graduate Study of Religion, Spirituality, & Theology”

The Louisville Institute (funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.) through its grants and fellowships supports graduate scholarship in religious and theological studies that increases the understanding of North American faith communities and religious institutions. Louisville Institute Executive Director Edwin Aponte, Ph.D., will discuss various types of grants and fellowships available to doctoral students, as well as give general advice on grant application strategies and processes.