Global Institute of Theology gathers in Costa Rica
Working under the theme “Transforming Mission, Community and Church,” the students spend three weeks learning with each other in classes taught by noted Reformed academics.
Increased Learning Enables More Effective Mission, by Violeta Rocha, President of the Latin American Bibical University, on the Dalas II: Better Together blog
The Latin American Biblical University (UBL), based in San José, is looking for a volunteer to set up its online education program. Needed: technical skills in computers and computer networks, data bases, virtual education platforms (Moodle and others); some training or experience in virtual education; basic Spanish language skills; 1- or 2-year availability. UBL offers housing, a work space, and the necessary technical equipment within the limits of available financing. For more information contact Becky Harrell. UBL has opportunities for other individual volunteers, construction teams, work-study and study programs.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a long history of supporting theological education in Costa Rica. The PC(USA) is also in ministry with partner groups and mission personnel in holistic ministries of new church development, evangelism and health ministries.
Read a brief history of Costa Rica.
Costa Rican Presbyterian Church (IEPC)
The Fraternity of Costa Rican Evangelical Churches (FIEC) officially formed in 1985 as a group of seven Protestant churches working to improve the physical and spiritual lives of the people in Costa Rica through the gospel. The FIEC is a member of the Association of Presbyterian and Reformed Churches in Latin America (AIPRAL).
Latin American Biblical University (UBL)
The Latin American Biblical Seminary (LABS) opened in San José in 1923 as an institute where students could learn theology and nursing skills to serve in all Latin America. Since 1997 the seminary has been an accredited Costa Rican university, which makes it an even more influential and well-known institution throughout Latin America. Its theological education program is carried out in 19 centers in 14 countries. Programs are offered in pastoral theology, Bible, theology, church history, women and theology, and teaching and theology. Programs range from nondegree to master’s degree level. Much of the course work the students do in their home countries through programs of theological education by extension (TEE). Most students working toward a degree then attend UBL’s main campus in San José, Costa Rica, for 2–12 months in order to take specific courses for their degree track and to finish research for thesis work. The PC(USA) is privileged to have had mission personnel cooperating with UBL for many years.
Costa Rica Mission Network
For information contact Tracey King-Ortega
The Costa Rica Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.
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