Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Theology, Theory and Practice

In Medellin, the “Misión Emaús” (Emmaus Mission) community supported by IELCO, is growing and strengthening its members. I was able to visit the community this last weekend and participate in some of its activities.

A poster of German Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonheoffer during
WWII, "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.
Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Photo by Curtis.

Every second Friday is Café Lutero (Luther Café), a space for open conversation about a selected theme. The theme for last Friday was based on International Mother Language Day, focused on cultural resistance and indigenous peoples. The conversations were incredible, talking about the importance of language for indigenous peoples, the revitalization of the Wampanoag language in Massachusetts (the indigenous people from the Thanksgiving story), and the need to recognize what other cultures have to teach us. 

Poster at the Luther Cafe "Because thought is tax free". Photo by Curtis.

On Saturday I led a workshop called "Human Rights: Theology, Theory and Practice". Great conversations continued as the community started the process of forming its identity regarding their work in protecting human rights. We will continue this process with two more workshops this year, hopefully developing a plan for the community to continue its involvement in human rights defense.
Yvonne and Carina getting ready to present
their conversation about what it means to be made in the
image of God. Photo by Santiago Giraldo.

One of the small groups during a break-out
session of the workshop  discussing the
inter-relatad values of the
Jubilee laws of the old testament and
the human rights of today.
Photo by Santiago Giraldo.

On Sunday I was able to participate in worship before I headed back to Bogota.