Marcia Lovelace

Healing From a Distance

Peter Barbosa -- October 14, 2007

Scriptures for today:  Luke 17:11-19

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Dr. Peter Barbosa was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He is an accomplished filmmaker, social activist, community organizer, scientist and educator. Peter holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Baylor College of Medicine and was trained in HIV research at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. Following his relocation to San Francisco, he worked as a scientist and immunology professor, specializing in HIV and AIDS. While working as a scientist and immunology professor at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, the University of California Medical School (UCSF), and the California College of Podiatric Medicine, his research was published widely. He currently serves as a Professor of Biochemistry and Immunology at the California School of Podiatric Medicine of Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California.

Peter also studied cinematography at City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University. He produced and directed two multiple award-winning documentaries, De Colores and I Exist, exploring homophobia in the Latino and Middle Eastern cultures, respectively. His films have screened nationally and internationally at film festivals, television and community events. His films continue to be used as primary tools for workshops, community organizing and dialogue-engaging strategy among people in various multicultural settings. His current film project, entitled A Kingdom Divided, tackles the issue of homosexuality within the context of American Christianity. More recently Peter is involved as facilitator for the Agapé Reconciliation Conversation Program, in which Christian communities of faith and/or communities of color engage in conversations aiming to end discrimination against LGBT folk. Peter is passionate about justice issues and he is an active member of the United Church of Christ, where he serves in a wide variety of committees primarily focusing on racial, economic and LGBT justice causes.