Pastor David Vásquez to speak on 'Migration Narratives in the Bible and in People's Lives' Oct. 21

Oct. 1, 2010

David Vásquez, Luther College campus pastor, will present a Luther Religion Forum lecture Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life recital hall.

Vásquez's lecture, "Faith on the Move: Migration Narratives in the Bible and in People's Lives," is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The forum will discuss the central theme of Vásquez's yearlong sabbatical project, which explored the interaction between migration narratives in peoples' lives and in sacred texts. It included work in various communities across the U.S., Guatemala and Israel/Palestine.

"Faith on the Move" is intended to contribute to the important conversation about immigration by placing it in the larger context of stories of faith. It will draw from interviews, community forums and small group Bible studies that connect biblical narratives with contemporary migration narratives.  

By connecting the ancient Biblical migration narratives with modern experiences of immigrants, Vásquez hopes to provide insight into the broader church’s life and ministry in a highly transitional world.

Originally from Guatemala, Vásquez has worked with the Lutheran Refugee Committee in Canada and has focused his research work on immigration as a central image in sacred texts.

Prior to coming to Luther, Vásquez served St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Batesville, Ind., and worked in youth ministry at First Lutheran Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Following the devastating May 12, 2008, immigration raid in Postville, Iowa, he served as part of the Postville Relief Effort core team, working in areas of coordination, advocacy and legal support.

Vásquez holds the bachelor's degree in computer science from Texas Lutheran University, the master of divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the doctor of ministry degree in preaching through the Association of Chicago Theological Schools.