Edward Fraijo Delgado Fernando A. Cascante
Presidente Junta Directiva Director Ejecutivo
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121: 1-2 (RSV)
However, from their homes, the staff continues to work to give continuity to all
services and programs that AETH performs for its members and the leadership of the Hispanic-Latino church. In advance, we appreciate your understanding during this period of adjustments in which we are learning to do new things during these difficult days.
2020 Biennial Assembly which, as previously announced, will now be held in a virtual format. The Assembly will take place during the first week of August, according to the decision made by the Board of Directors at its meeting on March 31. In the coming weeks you will receive more information about it.
on topics related to the program of the Third Encuentro on Latino Theological Education (3ELET). As you know, it was postponed for June 3 to 5, 2021, in the same city, Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition, the project of the Theological Entities Network (ReDET) will continue its development through the Communities of Practice that for months has been happening online.
(www.aeth.org), and other means of social communication, to accompany them, serve them, and hear from you. Incidentally, we have put together a list of varied resources with valuable information that can be useful for your churches and educational institutions in this period of "Social Isolation". To access it, click on the following button: LIST OF RESOURCES.
Office staff and the Board of Directors pray for each member and team of AETH,
asking the Lord to grant us wisdom and peace during these difficult times.
Let us join in prayer for families inside and outside our faith communities that have already been affected by the Coronavirus, and for us to take wise and solidarity actions in a time that requires that God's people be light and salt of the earth.
Chairman of the Board of Directors Executive Director
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