LIMA, PERU--The 6th AIPESC Consultation in Latin America, to be hosted in Lima, Peru, from July 3-7, 2017, will focus on the theme, “Where is Protestantism in Latin America Going? A multidisciplinary and prospective vision at the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.” The Asociación Internacional para la Promoción de Educación Superior Cristiana (AIPESC) is the regional expression of IAPCHE in Latin America. Co-sponsors of the event are the Latin American Theological Fellowship (LATF) and the Comunidad de Estudios Teológicos Interdisciplinarios (CETI). It will be held on the campus of the Universidad Seminario Evangélico de Lima (USEL) in the capital of Peru.
Dr. Sidney Rooy (pictured above), a church historian, an author, as well as the founder and advisor of IAPCHE in Latin America, will be giving the opening address of the consultation. He has a PhD in History of the Church from the Vrije University of Amsterdam; is Emeritus Professor of History of the Church of ISEDET (Argentina), Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana-UBL Universidad Evangélica de las Américas –UNELA (Costa Rica); and has been Visiting Professor of various other Latin American Theological institutions.
Another highlight of the consultation will be the Open Forum which will be held for churches and the general public. In this program, Dr. René Padilla (pictured above), a theologian, author, a founder of the LATF, and a renowned Latin American thinker will present on the theme "The Legacy of the Reformation in Latin America: Risks, Challenges and Opportunities." Dr Padilla studied Philosophy and Theology at Wheaton College, Illinois, and received his PhD in New Testament at the University of Manchester, UK.
In this forum Dr. Nancy Bedford and Dr. Harold Segura, will be reacting to Dr. Padilla’s presentation. Dr. Bedford (pictured above left), an Argentinian, is a Doctor of Theology from the University of Tubingen, Germany, and professor of Systematic Theology of the Garrett-Evangelical Methodist Seminary on the outskirts of Chicago. She is author of seven books and more than 70 articles or chapters published in different languages. Dr. Segura (pictured above right), from Colombia, is currently the Coordinator of the Area of Christian Commitment for Latin America and the Caribbean of World Vision International. He is a renowned speaker in the region and author and co-editor of several books, especially in the field of spirituality and Christian leadership.
The majority of the consultation will feature specialized panels in various disciplines: Humanities (Theology, Missiology, History); Social Sciences (Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Social Psychology); Education (Basic and Higher, Theological); Communications and Publishing; and Literature and the Arts. In all of these panels, recognized Latin American scholars and speakers at the continental level as well as from within Peru will also be participating.
To illustrate, below are some panels and speakers from each one.
In the Panel of Bible and Theology, Dr. Edesio Sanchez (pictured above left) will be presenting the paper “The four ‘solas’ in contemporary theology”. Dr Sánchez, a Mexican consultant of biblical translations, has participated in several translations of the Bible in both Amerindian and Spanish languages. He coordinated the Modern Language Translation (Spanish). He is the author and publisher of books and essays related to the translation, interpretation and formation of the Bible as well as being a visiting professor of various theological centers in Latin America.
Professor Nicolás Panotto (pictured above right), from Argentina, will be presenting the paper “ Coloniality and Decolonization of Protestant Thought” He is the Coordinator of Pedagogical and Theological Services (SPT); Director of the Multidisciplinary Studies Group on Religion and Public Incidence (GEMRIP); and a member of the International Postcolonial Network Directive. Finally, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Latin American Theological Fellowship (LATF).
In the Panel of Pastoral Work and Missiology, Dr. Darió López (pictured above left), will present the paper “Protestantism and Spirituality in Latin America”. Dr. López is a Peruvian with a Ph.D. in Biblical Sciences from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, UK and pastor and Bishop of the Church of God of Peru. He is a professor of several theological centers of Latin America and author of several books on subjects of Pentecostalism and the public presence of the evangelicals. He has been director in various evangelical organizations in Peru, including the National Evangelical Council and the Bible Society.
Dr. Pedro Arana (pictured above right), will present the paper "The Latin American theology of the cross”. Also a Peruvian, he is a Chemical Engineer with theological studies in the Faculty of the Free Church of Scotland in Edinburgh, UK. He participated in politics as a member of the National Constituent Assembly of Peru, and was Director of the Commission of Peace and Hope of the National Evangelical Council of Peru, and the Director of the Peruvian Bible Society for many years.
In the Panel on Law and Political Sciences, Dr. Vilma Balmaceda (pictured above left) will present the paper “Colonialism, Occident and Protestant Reform in Latin America: The field of Law and Politics”. Dr. Balmaceda ia a Peruvian by birth, and is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement at Nyack University, New York, USA. She has a Master in Studies of International Peace and in Government and International Politics; as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science, both from Notre Dame du Lac University, USA. She is the President of Peace and Hope International and a member of the board of CETI.
Dr. Alexandre Brasil Fonseca (pictured above right) will present the paper “Public Policies, Human Rights and Evangelicals in Latin America: Disputes, Structures and Strategies”. A Brazilian sociologist, with a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of São Paulo and postdoctoral degree from the University of Barcelona, Spain. He was advisor to the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil, acting on issues related to human rights, social participation and religious affairs. He is an associate professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Formerly, a representative member of Latin America on the Board of Directors of IAPCHE.
In the Panel of Social Sciences, Lcdo. Victor Arroyo (pictured above left) will present the paper “Latin American society, poverty and inequality: Protestant alternatives?” A Peruvian sociologist, he graduated from the main national university of Peru. He is the current Executive Director of the National Evangelical Council of Peru (CONEP). Finally, he is a former Senator of the Republic and a member of the Latin American Theological Fellowship.
Dr. Ruben Paredes (pictured above right) will present the paper “Protestant ecclesiologicaltraditions and the construction of indigenous identities”. A Peruvian, he received a Master's Degree in Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary, California, and a doctorate in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He currently serves as the Dean of the Latin American Doctoral Program (PRODOLA). He is also the Founder and Director of the Evangelical Center of Andean-Amazonian Missiology (CEMAA) in Lima, Peru. He was General Secretary of The Latin American Theological Fellowship and is also member of the Missions Commission ofthe World Council of Churches (WCC).
In The Panel of Education, Dr. Donald Smith (pictured above left) will present the paper “ Reevaluating the Protestant Theological Education in Latina America”. A Scottish missionary for 40 years in Peru, he is the current Rector of the Universidad Seminario Evangélico de Lima (USEL). A Doctor in Theological Education, he studied Physics previously, in the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dr. H. Fernando Bullon (pictured above right) will present the paper “Protestant higher education in Latin America: reality, challenges and possibilities.” He is the current Regional Director for IAPCHE in Latin America as well as a Professor of the Adjunct Faculties of the Latin American Doctoral Program (PRODOLA) and the Evangelical University of the Americas –UNELA in Costa Rica. He has interdisciplinary formation and is a Ph.D. (Development Studies) and Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, University of Manchester, England. Finally, he is the author of books in the field which link Christian mission, social ethics and development and Latin American studies.
In the Panel of Literature and Arts, Dr. José Alcántara (pictured above left) will present the paper “For a conception of the Reformation and the arts in Latin America”. He is a Mexican Emeritus professor and researcher at the Universidad Iberoamericana and member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico. Dr. Alcantára received academic degrees in Literature and Psychology (University of Washington, USA), Theology (Regent College, Canada) and Literature (University of British Columbia, Canada). He was also formerly a member of the Board of Directors of IAPCHE. Currently, he is a lecturer and member of the board of CETI.
Professor René Castro (pictured above right) will present the paper “Past and present of the plastic arts in Latin America in protestant perspective”. Prof. Castro is a Peruvian professional with experience in the Cultural, Educational, Artistic and Technological areas. He specialized in Industrial Design in Florence, Italy and in Cultural Management, with a scholarship of the Organization of American States (OAS), in Bogotá, Colombia. He has doctoral studies on History and Philosophy of Art, is a lecturer in several universities of Lima, and is also a designer for several industrial firms and public institutions. He has presented works in national exhibitions of industrial and graphic design.
Let us pray with the conference organizers that all participants and presenters are blessed and challenged by the content of this 6th Latin America Consultation. May they be open to the learning God leads them through during their time together and upon reflection after the event.
--Article provided by IAPCHE Latin America (AIPESC) Regional Director, Dr. H. Fernando Bullón
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The 6th AIPESC Consultation in Latin America, to be hosted in Lima, Peru, from July 3-7, 2017, will focus on the theme, “Where is Protestantism in Latin America Going? A multidisciplinary and prospective vision at the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.”
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