The Holy Spirit Throughout History – Join us one week before Pentecost 2023 for great food, informative teaching, and robust discussion.
About the Evening’s Lecture
Why does the Holy Spirit show up in such mysterious and vastly different ways across history? Why did John Wesley hold such reverence for the importance of spiritual experience in Christian ministry and education? Why do annual commemorations of Pentecost often spark creative re-interpretations of tradition among so many reformers, dissenters, and visionaries while crying out prophetically against oppression and injustice in their own times? Join us one week before Pentecost 2023, for a lively discussion about these ancient legacies and their continued role in Christian revitalization and healing based on Hernández’ book, Subversive Fire: The Untold Story of Pentecost (Emeth Press, 2011).
About Pulpit+ Exchange
Iliff’s Pulpit+ Exchange Series (supported by the Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative from Lilly Endowment Inc.) provides space for a diverse array of ordained clergy and lay leaders to gather for a meal and grapple with challenging issues. One of the main goals of the Pulpit+ Exchange is to build congregations of people who will authentically study, worship, walk, and act together across difference to create a just and equitable world.
About the Evening’s Agenda
Join other clergy and lay leaders for a light meal from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm (MST). The lecture will begin at 5:30 pm. An opportunity to ask Dr. Hernández questions and engage in discussions with colleagues will follow.
About the Evening’s Lecturer
Hernández joined the Iliff faculty in 2001. He teaches courses in the history of Christianity from Medieval to Early Modern times with additional expertise in the history of the ancient Hellenistic-Roman period. His research and teaching areas include the history of mysticism and pneumatology; Muslim and Christian relations beginning with the Crusades; religious diversity in medieval Iberia and the Spanish Empire; and the history of medicine and pandemics. Hernández led the faculty design team that created the Authentic Engagement Program™ focusing his contribution on human flourishing and the philosophy of Happiness.
Hernández is the author of Subversive Fire: The Untold Story of Pentecost (Emeth Press), and co-author with Miguel De La Torre of The Quest for the Historical Satan (Fortress Press), a theological best-seller exploring Satan’s story and the problem of evil. He has addressed local, regional, and national gatherings and religious organizations about the legacies of the Crusades and Medieval Spain for a pluralistic, interreligious post-9/11 world.
Hernández served as Iliff’s senior vice president for academic affairs and faculty dean from 2009 to 2017. His administrative service included serving as interim president, chief operations officer, and associate dean for academic affairs. He has over thirty years of experience in different educational settings as an administrator, curriculum developer, and successful change-agent for organizational management systems. His current writing projects and recent classes focus on medical history and spiritual healing; Italian Renaissance humanism after the Black Death; mysticism in the Spanish Reformation; and the history of social justice.