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January 7, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Harold J. Recinos has been named professor of Church and Society at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University effective immediately. He is a former professor of Theology, Culture and Urban Ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

Recinos will present the Perkins Faculty Lecture titled “Urban Ministry in the American City: National Identity, Difference, and the Gospel in the Public Square,” at the annual Perkins School of Theology Ministers Week, Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Growing up on the streets of the Bronx, Recinos’ ministry and teaching seeks to explore and address life and faith at the margins of society. An ordained United Methodist minister, Recinos served a Latino parish, Church of All Nations, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan for seven years and worked in community development for The United Methodist Churches Board of Global Ministries. He has earned a doctorate of ministry degree in parish ministry from New York Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from American University in Washington, D.C., and his Master of Divinity degree. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

His writing includes Hear the Cry! A Latino Pastor Challenges the Church; Who Comes in the Name of the Lord? Jesus at the Margins; and Jesus Weeps: Global Encounters on our Doorsteps. His forthcoming book is a volume of poetry titled, Voices on the Corner.

At Perkins, Recinos will teach courses in theology, history and ministry, including the required course “The Church in its Social Context.” He also will serve on the school’s Urban Ministry Steering Committee.