Hein-Fry Lecture looks at reading the Bible with a global and ecumenical perspective January 11, 2011

Christianity is growing at an unprecedented rate in the global south. What can Lutherans in the United States learn from other Christians around the world about interpreting the Bible?

On Thursday, March 3, Dr. Dora E. Arce-Valentín, a professor at the Evangelical Seminary in Mantanzas, Cuba, and a Presbyterian  (IPRC) pastor, delivers the 2011 Hein-Fry Lecture on the theme “Hearing the Word: The Global Christian Community Read the Bible Together.”  The free lecture begins at 1 p.m. in LSTC’s Common Room, 1100 East 55th Street. The Rev. Dr. José David Rodríguez, Augustana Heritage Professor of Global Mission and World Christianity and professor of systematic theology, will respond to Dr. Arce-Valentín’s lecture.

“Hearing the Word: The Global Christian Community Read the Bible Together” continues the Hein-Fry Lectures’ multi-year theme on the Bible. This year’s lecture affirms that the Bible is not an exclusive word and that American Lutherans have much to learn from the ways Christians around the world experience and interpret the Bible.For more information about the Hein-Fry Lectures visit http://www.elca.org/Growing-In-Faith/Education/Hein-Fry.aspx.

Arce-Valentín an ecumenical leader
Dr. Dora E. Arce-Valentín is a native of Cuba and the child of a Presbyterian pastor. She studied civil engineering before entering seminary. In 2002, after earning a master of theology, she began teaching Bible at the Evangelical Seminary (SET) in Mantanzas, Cuba.  Dr. Arce-Valentín has been active in the ecumenical movement in Cuba and in the Presbyterian-Reformed Church (IPRC). She is the director of the Program and Mission Department of the IPRC and vice-director of the High Studies in Religious Sciences at the seminary. She is a member of the advisory team of the Faith, Economy and Society program of the Latin American Council of Churches and part of the task force in dialogue with the Council of European Churches. Dr. Arce-Valentín is currently in a master’s program in gender studies at the University of Havana.

Examining pressing theological issues
The annual Hein-Fry Lecture Series identifies lively, pressing theological issues facing the church and offers free and open to the public lectures that stimulate intellectual inquiry and discussion of those issues throughout the church.


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