Guesnerth Josué Perea serves as executive director of the afrolatin@ forum, co-curator of the AfoLatine Theology Project, executive producer of the documentary "Faith in Blackness: An Exploration of AfroLatine Spirituality", associate pastor of Metro Hope Church, co-host of the Majestad Prieta Podcast, and a novice of the Community of Incarnation. His perspectives on AfroLatinidad have been part of various publications including the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Sojourners & his writings are a part of Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora, the Revista de Estudios Colombianos, and Engaging Religion among others.

"Faith in Blackness: An Exploration of AfroLatine Spirituality" is a short-form documentary which highlights the lived experiences of AfroLatines of different faith traditions by sharing their stories and how their Blackness plays a role in their spirituality and vice-versa. This documentary explores dynamic identities of these AfroLatine people and their journey for a home, a faith in Blackness.

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‘What Does Understanding God From an AfroLatinx Perspective Do?’

by Guesnerth Josué Perea 10-14-2022
Paintings of AfroLatinx women depicted in bright blues on display at an outdoor market.

Paintings in the Dominican Republic. Photo: travelstock44 / Alamy

I pondered the question for a minute, gave a quick answer, and reiterated some things that I mentioned earlier in the lecture: If we can embrace an understanding of God and a spirituality that is informed by the lived experiences of Black Latinxs, then perhaps we can better understand more of the fullness of God. But as I drove home and thought about this student’s question, I realized I could have answered differently.