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Patrick Reyes

Forum for Theological Exploration

Dr. Patrick B. Reyes is the Senior Director of Learning Design at the Forum for Theological Exploration, and a Latinx practical theologian, educator, administrator and institutional strategist. At the Forum for Theological Exploration, he supports scholars of color and works with institutional leaders on a number of inclusive excellence initiatives. Dr. Reyes helps communities, organizations and individuals excavate their stories to create strategies and practices that promote thriving. He is the author of the books  Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community, and Surviving to Adulthood and, most recently, The Purpose Gap: Empowering Communities of Color to Find Meaning and Thrive. He previously served as the assistant dean for Academic Affairs and as the director of the Center of Community Engagement at Trinity Lutheran College, and as the director of communications at Tools for Decision Group. He has over 15 years of experience working with gang-affiliated, farmworker and religious communities on compassion and spiritual practices for healing and founded two groups that foster community and decolonize religious and spiritual traditions. Dr. Reyes holds a Ph.D. and Master of Arts from Claremont School of Theology, a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology and a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Sacramento.