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Register for a virtual journey to Guatemala

Come see theology through the eyes of a longtime global partner

By Kathy Melvin | Presbyterian News Service

Dr. Paulo Ueti

LOUISVILLE — Registration is now open for “Reading the Bible with New Eyes: Learning and Practicing Life-Giving Faith in Guatemala.”

The event is another in a series of Zoom journeys to Guatemala by global partner CEDEPCA, the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America. The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 19.

The roughly 75-minute journey is free and open to all, but advance registration is required. There is a suggested donation of $11. To register, click here.

The program will include music, interactive breakout rooms, testimonies of students in CEDEPCA’s Biblical and Theological Program, and a theological reflection by a guest speaker.

“I’m really excited about this particular journey because it is on a topic I care about as a pastor: everyday people in Guatemala learning and practicing solid Reformed theology, which has the power to lead to lasting change and justice,” said mission co-worker the Rev. Betsey Moe. “Our speaker, Dr. Paulo Ueti, is a theologian from Brazil whose teaching on Revelation and on certain “texts of terror” has challenged me greatly. I see this virtual journey as a rare opportunity to look at Scripture through the eyes of our global partners.”

Moe said during this journey, participants will learn how a theology based in the love and justice of Jesus Christ is transforming communities and people in Central America. Those joining will hear testimonies from pastors and laypeople in CEDEPCA’s Biblical and Theological Formation program and be led through an eye-opening study of scripture by Ueti, an Anglican theologian, New Testament scholar and friend of CEDEPCA.

Ueti is based in Brazil and also works part-time for the Anglican Alliance as Theological Advisor & Latin American Regional Director. He is a New Testament scholar and former professor of Spirituality and Biblical Hermeneutics at the Sao Boaventura Seminary in Brasilia and former professor of History and Literature of Early Christianity at the University of Brasilia/Brazil. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Brazilian Association of Biblical Research.

A quote from CEDEPCA’s women’s ministry newsletter gives an example of the kinds of testimonials that participants will hear.

“Now I understand that theology is not something reserved just for priests or pastors. When we have a relationship with God, from our story we do theology,” said Ana Lucia Segura, a student in Costa Rica. “With the information on how Christianity emerged, I see the mistake that we make when believing that just evangelicals are Christians. Understanding the process of how the Bible came together and the meaning of the symbols used allows us to read it with a different perspective. Its message is liberating to us. At the beginning I didn’t understand the account about Creation, how it is written in two different ways. I want to start learning about Eve with new eyes!”

 For additional information about the virtual journey, contact Moe at Betsey.Moe@pcusa.org.


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