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G-Talk Premier with President Javier A. Viera

September 15, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. (Central Time) | via Zoom

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"G-Talk" is a space for soulful conversation. It's about engaging in "G-d-Talk" that is personal, practical, embodied, and open-ended. We hope through this you will get a glimpse of the myriad ways we experience the divine intersecting with our quotidian life.

For our first G-Talk, we will have Rev. Dr. Javier A. Viera, president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, as our guest. How does he cultivate his devotional/spiritual life? What habits of the soul has he been engaging with especially during these pandemic times? What role does spirituality play in his life, love, and labor? These questions and more.

Guest: President Javier A. Viera

Rev. Dr. Javier A. VieraRev. Dr. Javier A. Viera is president and professor of education and leadership at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Viera is an extraordinary minister, teacher, and administrator. His broad scholarly interests have centered on inter-religious dialogue, adult learning and development, and the role of religion in contemporary Latin America. 

Viera is an ordained elder in the New York Conference of The United Methodist Church, and has served the denomination in leadership at the general, jurisdictional, and annual conference levels. He served in congregational ministry for two decades, leading rural, suburban, and urban congregations, most recently at Christ Church in New York City, where he served as executive minister. A sought-after speaker, Viera has preached, lectured, and presented throughout the nation and around the world. He has written for various publications on ministry and education, with three articles and a book chapter soon forthcoming. 

Host: Dr. Rolf Nolasco

Dr. Rolf NolascoDr. Rolf Nolasco is the Rueben P. Job Professor of Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Theology at Garrett-Evangelical and director of the Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is an experienced professor, trained in pastoral and counseling psychology, mindfulness and contemplative spirituality, and affective neuroscience. Nolasco is also a psychotherapist, published author, and has vast experience in cross cultural communications from living and working across the world within varying social and cultural backgrounds. He is the author of God’s Beloved Queer (Wipf and Stock, 2019), The Contemplative Counselor: A Way of Being (Fortress Press, 2011), and Compassionate Presence: A Radical Response to Human Suffering (Cascade Books, 2016). His most recent work seeks to affirm compassion as the pulsating heartbeat of Christian theology and praxis through the hermeneutical perspectives of brain science, psychology, and practical theology. 

September 15, 2021