What I Experienced in Homelessness


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Podcast Produced by Steve Wilhelm

Roberto Mata, ThD, is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. He specializes in the Book of Revelation and contextual biblical interpretation. Using Latino/a Borderlands, postcolonial, and critical race theories, Dr. Mata explores the intersection of colonialism, race/ethnicity, and migration in early Christian texts. He received his M.Div. and Th.D. from Harvard Divinity School, where he wrote his dissertation under Elisabeth Schüssler-Fiorenza. He is a recipient of Harvard’s Derek Bok Center Award for teaching excellence and the prestigious William’s Fellowship. He has also received fellowships from the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) and the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE).

Centering Wisdom


How can we provide resources for homeless individuals who are staying with friends or family that are also capacity? Would state and non-profit resources be distributed differently if they took into account how many people are on the cusp of homelessness in addition to those who are defined as homeless persons?

How can we support homeless individuals when a double-bind has been set that they can not exist in public spaces even as a patron? The example Heather gave was being asked to leave in coffee shops despite purchasing items.


In a small group discuss the social and physiological barriers Heather was facing that were preventing her from moving into a more secure position. How can the stigmatization of homelessness affect you even after you have been removed from a precarious living situation?