Cruz' research focuses on the intersection of religion and social processes, especially the potentiality for liberation among racially, culturally and sexually oppressed groups. The study of race, racism and ethnicity in the Caribbean and Latin America has been a major focus of his scholarship.
Other topics and speakers include "Trayvon Martin: A Tragic Catalyst for Social Change," led by the Rev. Paul E. Gilmore, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, on Sept. 25; "Walking in Faith When the Way is Uncertain," led by the Rev. Frederick Davie, executive vice president, Union Theological Seminary, Oct. 2; "Remembering the 50 Year Anniversary of the March on Washington and the Words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," panel discussion with congregation members who were there, Oct. 9; "Cellblocks and Border Stops: Transformative Activism in an Age of Dehumanization," led by Charlene Sinclair, director of the Center on Race, Religion, and Economic Democracy, Union Theological Seminary, Oct. 16; "Prison," the Rev. Jeff Grant, director of the Progressive Prison Project/Innocent Spouse & Children Project in Greenwich and associate minister/director of prison ministries of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport; "The Church of the Gethsemane (PCUSA)," created by and for incarcerated persons, formerly incarcerated persons, their families, neighborhood persons, and people who feel called into ministry with the poor, led by the Rev. Diane Lacey, pastor of the Church of Gethsemane, Brooklyn, N.Y., Oct. 30; "Facing Racism: A Vision of the Beloved Community & Building Community Among Strangers," a discussion of Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly statements, Nov. 6; and "What Difference Does It All Make/Where Do We Go From Here?" a discussion, Nov. 13.
Classes are free; reservations are not required. A buffet-style dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. The dinner cost is $10, and reservations are requested.
For information or reservations, call 203-966-0002.