A native of Mexico City, Rubén Arjona is an ordained Presbyterian minister. In his self-understanding as a pastoral theologian, Arjona seeks to incorporate into his research insights from the human sciences while reclaiming the distinctive capacity of religious language to express the vertical dimension (Paul Tillich). Often reflecting through the lenses of Erik H. Erikson’s life-cycle theory, Rubén’s research and teaching focus on the care and counseling of Mexican and Latino men, the study of boundaries in pastoral theology, the care and counseling of LGBT individuals, and the pastoral function of the sacraments. Having taught many years in theological schools in Mexico, one of his passions in ministry is the care and mentorship of theological students. Arjona is currently serving at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO as Instructor in Pastoral Theology and Care.
The Minister as Curator of Desire: Facilitating Pastoral Conversations about Love and Sex among Mexican Men
Robert C. Dykstra (chair)
Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger
Sonia E. Waters
“The Librarian as an Image of Pastoral Care,” Pastoral Psychology, (published online, September 2016).
“William James and the Varieties of Religious and Drinking Experience: The Case of Pablo Ávila,” Pastoral Psychology 64, no. 5 (October 2015): 553-566.
“Hoagies and Tacos: Food and Men’s Unquenchable Hunger,” Pastoral Psychology 64, no. 3 (June 2015): 297-310. “A Time to Sing and a Time to Dance: Activating Hope and Wisdom,” Pastoral Psychology 62, no. 6 (December 2013): 781-790.
“My call as a pastor centers on shaping a community where people can connect and be real with each other and God.”