February 20, 2018
In addition to preaching Sunday, Feb. 25, Dr. Henderson-Espinoza also leads a free workshop 10 am to 2:30 pm, Saturday, Feb 24, on Intersectional Organizing, to include morning lecture and panelists followed by lunch and afternoon teaching, in Hildebrand Hall.
Born to a Mexican woman and an Anglo man in Northern Mexico, the Republic of Texas, Dr. Robyn moved to Chicago, IL for graduate school, and completed a master’s degree in theological ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (on the campus of Northwestern University) and four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at a Trauma II Chicagoland hospital. Following graduate school, Dr. Robyn worked in domestic violence & sexual assault fields before joining the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.
In 2009, Robyn began doctoral work at the University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology and studied constructive philosophical theology and ethics, completing a graduate certificate in Latinx Studies.
Now called an activist-scholar, Dr. Robyn travels the country doing activist theology and continues to write for both the academy and the public square. Whether speaking to faith communities, universities or communities, writing for HuffPost or Religion Dispatches, Dr. Robyn uses tools learned in both academy and activism to stand in the hybrid space of faith communities, academ, and justice movements curating activist scholarship with deep intention of bridging with difference.
This work is important to Dr. Robyn because their own life has been lived with the ongoing challenge to be grounded in the center of their own difference as a non binary Trans mixed-raced Latinx. This has required the thoughtful intention of bridging with their white ancestors and Mexican ancestors and with those in the queer community. As a result, their life’s vocation is one that is committed to the deep relationality of bridging with difference.