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