Francisco Herrera

Credentials:

BM, University of Missouri-Kansas City / MDiv, Chicago Theological Seminary / ThM, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago / Ph.D., Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Present)

Denomination: 

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Biography: 

The focus of all of Francisco’s love and labor is to make spaces where people from every background and story – immigrant, Latinx, African American, Indigenous, and LGBTQ backgrounds, people living with disabilities, etc. – can come together and understand how their stories can heal, strengthen, and act as the foundation of new, highly-attentive communities in a kind of “mestizaje integral.” As an academic he has coordinated conferences and revivals on decolonization and the church; as a teacher he regularly uses ritual, music, slam poetry, and drawing in his lectures to demonstrate postcolonial pedagogical and study methods; and as an activist he regularly coordinates direct action and fundraising for the sake of any and all efforts to bring justice to and heal God’s fractured creation.