Pacific School of Religion (PSR) welcomes Filipe Maia to the seminary’s faculty as its new Assistant Professor of United Methodist Studies and Leadership. Maia will begin teaching in Fall 2016.
Maia is currently completing his doctoral degree at Harvard Divinity School where he has focused his studies on Latin American liberation theology, contemporary finance, and temporality. His published works include a Portuguese translation of two important texts: John Wesley’s 1774 essay “Thoughts Upon Slavery” (2013) and Joerg Rieger’s book Grace Under Pressure: Negotiating the Heart of the Methodist Tradition (2012). He comes to PSR with a life-long membership in The Methodist Church of Brazil and a deep personal commitment to global Methodism. He will work closely with members of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and the seminary’s many United Methodist students and alums.
PSR Professor Odette Lockwood-Stewart, Chair of the Search Committee, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Filipe Maia, a brilliant young United Methodist scholar, to Pacific School of Religion. Filipe's theological depth, global experience, and perspective will strengthen and bless not only our United Methodist students, staff and faculty, but all of our students, staff, faculty and alums—as well as the United Methodist connection itself. I look forward to the contributions he will make and give thanks for the roots from which he grew.”
Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., resident bishop of the California-Nevada Conference, noted that "The leadership of the California-Nevada Conference looks forward to working with Mr. Filipe Maia. His experience of working in the church in Brazil and the United States will be a major asset in our efforts to develop principled spiritual leaders. He brings a strong understanding of our Wesleyan ethos and the value of working with our ecumenical and inter-faith partners."