¡AETH realizó de manera exitosa el Tercer Encuentro Latino de Educación Teológica!; AETH successfully held the Third Encuentro on Latino/a Theological Education!
Durante los días del 2 al 4 de junio, AETH implementó con éxito el 3ELET, un evento histórico e inspirador que ha abierto nuevas posibilidades para el avance y la renovación del liderazgo hispano-latino en los años siguientes. Los siguientes son sólo algunos testimonios representativos de esto:
"Gracias por reunirnos. Un verdadero regalo".
"Fue un magnífico ejemplo de lo que nuestra gente puede hacer. También abrió posibilidades increíblemente prometedoras".
"Escuchar a tantas personas líderes de América Latina y el Caribe me reconectó con ideas que a veces no se destacan con el mismo sentido de urgencia y pasión en Estados Unidos. Se destacó el clamor de reconectar la educación teológica con la vida real de las comunidades".
- Un total de 490 personas se inscribieron en el evento.
- En promedio, la participación diaria fue de entre 228 y 281 personas, y durante cada bloque de actividad fue de entre 186 y 263 (en conferencias y paneles matutinos, rondas de conversaciones por las tardes, y paneles y eventos especiales durante las noches).
- Los participantes representaron a más de 200 instituciones (iglesias locales, institutos bíblicos, seminarios, agencias confesionales, ONG, fundaciones, centros de investigación, etc.) y se conectaron de al menos 20 países.
- Casi 80 líderes participaron como facilitadores en diferentes capacidades, representando diversos trasfondos geográficos, denominacionales, teológicos y educativos.
- El 75% de las personas que se registraron no son miembros de AETH.
During the days of June 2-4 AETH successfully implemented 3ELET, a historic and inspiring event that has opened new possibilities for the advancement and renewal of Hispanic-Latino/a leadership in the following years. The following are only a few representative testimonials to this:
“Thanks for bringing us together. A true gift.”
“It was a magnificent example of what our people can do. It also opened amazingly promising possibilities.”
“Hearing from so many Latin American and Caribbean leaders reconnected me to insights that sometimes are not highlighted with the same sense of urgency and passion in the United States. The clarion call of reconnecting theological education to the life of the actual communities stood out.”
AETH is preparing a multimedia memory of the event, working on the evaluation of the overall implementation of the 3ELET, and identifying learnings from it. Here some general data about the event: A total of 490 people registered in the event.
- On average, the participation each day was between 228 and 281, and during each block of activity was between 186 and 263 (morning lectures and panels, rounds of conversations in the afternoons, and panels and special events during the evenings).
- Participants represented more than 200 institutions (local churches, Bible institutes, seminaries, denominational agencies, NGOs, foundations, research centers, etc.) and connected from at least 20 countries.
- Almost 80 leaders were involved as facilitators in different capacities, representing diverse geographical, denominational, theological, and educational backgrounds.
- 75% of all registrants were not members of AETH.
We will continue to process the implications of the 3ELET for AETH and the future of Hispanic-Latino/a Theological Education and to discern ways in which we all can connect, collaborate and contribute to the formation of leadership for a wholistic mission in times of change. We will keep in touch!
(English text below)
Los trastornos ocasionados por el Covid-19 han hecho más urgentes e importantes las alianzas de colaboración entre instituciones y organizaciones. Por esa razón AETH realizó el conversatorio en línea sobre la importancia, desafíos y promesas de crear alianzas entre seminarios, institutos bíblicos e iglesias frente a las nuevas realidades. En él participaron casi cuarenta líderes representando países de todo el continente americano y de una variedad de denominaciones e instituciones teológicas. Fue un diálogo en el que se informó qué están haciendo algunos seminarios para establecer relaciones con institutos bíblicos y para reclutar estudiantes dentro de la comunidad hispana-latina. Se resaltó también la importancia del programa de Certificación de Institutos Bíblicos que ofrece AETH como un medio para la colaboración con seminarios y de conexión de éstos con las iglesias locales. Este conversatorio es parte de las actividades preparatorias camino a la celebración del Tercer Encuentro Latino de Educación Teológica en junio del 2021.
The disruptions caused by Covid-19 have made collaborative alliances between institutions and organizations more urgent and important. For this reason, AETH held the online conversation on the importance, challenges, and promises of creating alliances between seminaries, Bible institutes, and churches in the face of new realities. Nearly forty leaders representing countries from across the Americas and from a variety of denominations and theological institutions participated. It was a dialogue that informed what some seminars are doing to establish relationships with Bible institutes and to recruit students within the Hispanic-Latino community. The importance of the Biblical Institutes Certification program offered by AETH was also highlighted as a means of collaborating with and connecting seminaries with local churches. This discussion is part of the preparatory activities on the way to the celebration of the Third Latin Meeting of Theological Education in June 2021.
AETH pone a disposición recursos de reflexión sobre la expresión humana del lamento;AETH makes available resources for reflection on the human expression of lament.
As part of the activities leading up to the Third Encuentro on Latino Theological Education (to be held in June 2021), this past Monday, 50 leaders from various Latin American countries and from various regions of the United States participated in an online dialogue on the topic: "Lamento: voz del alma y ecos de esperanza". Combining reflection, singing, poetry, and artistic drawing, the conversation dealt with biblical and theological foundations, as well as the pastoral implications of the human experience of lament, especially within the context of situations of calamity and pain, as produced by a pandemic caused by the Covid 19. If you are interested in receiving the audio of the second part of the meeting and a copy of the power point presentation, register at the following link: "Lament, voices of hope. "
Orlando, Florida, March 13, 2020
Open letter to all AETH members and institutions, and to all persons and entities involved in Hispanic and Latino Theological Education
Considering that the World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared the outbreak of COVID 19 as a pandemic and urged all governments and everyone in the world to participate in the control and containment measures of the virus to reverse its impact, AETH's Board of Directors communicates the following measures that contribute to this objective and the well-being of the entire community:
1. Hold its XVI Biennial 2020 Assembly via virtual means. This decision implies not holding the meeting that was scheduled to take place in Grand Rapids, between June 2 and June 4 next.
In order to carry out the Assembly in virtual format, it will shortly be communicating the details related to the topics to be covered, the decisions to be made, and the means to participate.
2. Continue with the virtual events of preparation for the 3rd Hispanic Encounter of Theological Education during 2020 and postpone the face-to-face realization of the meeting, in principle, from June 3 to 5, 2021.
This measure is based on the growing interest that our community shows in participating in the 3rd Hispanic Encounter; in the willingness of the Steering Committee to continue promoting and organizing this important event; and in the increasing ability to converse and participate using digital media and applications for virtual collaboration.
The Steering Committee of the 3rd Encounter will be announcing the new plan of activities through the usual communication channels.
We thank all the people, organizations and entities of theological education that have expressed their support and we will continue to invite and bring many more to join in this joint construction effort in favor of the future of Hispanic and Latino Theological Education.
By the Board of Directors
Rev. Dr. Edward Fraijo Delgado
AETH colabora con el Proyecto “Educación Teológica en Tiempos de Cambio”;AETH collaborates with Project "Theological Education Between the Times"
"Theological education is in a time of rapid changes that run very deep and touch every institution involved in the work… [These changes] renew the need for reflection on the most basic questions of the meaning and purpose of theological education." Dr. Ted Smith, Director del Proyecto "Theological Education Between the Times".
With the support of the Religion Program of the Lilly Inc. Foundation, in 2014 began the project "Theological Education in Times of Change". In light of the rapid and profound changes that are affecting all aspects of theological education, this project has involved more than 70 educators, six consultations and multiple meetings to talk broadly and deeply about the meaning and purpose of theological education.
AEHT was part of one of the first consultations in 2015. Now, at its closing stage, the team responsible for systematizing project results wants to share them and receive feedback from theological education leaders from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Therefore, as part of the program of the Third Encuentro of Hispanic Theological Education (3ELET), AETH has provided space for a panel under that topic. It will be a great opportunity for leaders in Hispanic-Latin theological education to listen to and engage with a select group of scholars from that task team.
Register now (Registration 3elet) and join this and other very important conversations key for the future of Hispanic-Latin theological education. For more information on the panelists visit Facilitators 3elet.