Online Programs

A Rabbi and a Priest: Let's Talk

An introduction to theologies of liberation from a Catholic and a Jewish perspective.

This is a four-week mini-series co-facilitated by Rabbi Lucia Pizarro and Reverend Lester de Souza to talk about where theologies of liberation come from and about the possibility of a Jewish theology of liberation.


Session 1: Origins of Theologies of Liberation.

  • What is Liberation Theology? Where does it come from?
  • Gustavo Gutierrez.

Session 2: Exodus.

  • Exodus as the basis for liberation: A Catholic and a Jewish perspective.
  • Discussion.

Session 3: A Jewish Theology of Liberation.

  • Marc Ellis.
  • Discussion.

Session 4: Conclusion.

  • Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation.
  • Wrap up and next steps.


Sundays at 1:00 pm Eastern Time: January 23 and 30, February 6 and 13

(To find out the time in your time zone go here:

Cost: 197 USD

Please pay here to register for this online four-week mini-series:

Friday the 21st of January is the last day to register for this online mini-series.

Send us an email to info[at] if you have any questions (with “A Rabbi and a Priest” in the subject line).

About the facilitators:

Lester started life in India where he developed twin interests in Science and Spirituality. He migrated to Canada in 1974 where he encountered a dramatically different context and found himself facing challenges of a visible minority before there were any supports for him. He took on a greater challenge in Toronto, Canada when he got deeper into spirituality and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1980. As a priest he represented the Catholic Archdiocese on Race and Gender Equity initiatives at school boards and was developing anti-racism resources for clergy. He has been practicing as a lawyer in Ontario since 1998 which he uses for the greatest good of all.

LucĂ­a started life in Mexico where she became qualified to practice law. She lived in England for almost nine years where she completed an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Philosophy. She followed her academic passion for Jewish philosophy with four years working for social justice in Israel/Palestine. She is the first Mexican woman ordained as a rabbi in the Conservative movement and the Founding Spiritual Director at the Jewish Liberation Theology Institute. Her dream is to build a strong community of like-minded people that will give us a sense of belonging and the opportunity to engage with Judaism from a radical perspective, without checking our politics and values at the door.