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Development Theology and Community Development in El Salvador

Posted on: July 29, 2014 12:45 PM
Paulo Ueti, regional facilitator for the Anglican Alliance in Latin America & the Caribbean
Photo Credit: GreenBelt

[Anglican Alliance] “The glory of God is man alive”. With this quotation from Irenaeus of Lyon (2nd century AD) Anglicans from the USA, Canada and El Salvador gathered for a week of reflection on development theology and the work that the Cristosal Foundation, an Anglican foundation connected to the diocese of El Salvador, is doing among communities.

The Bishop of El Salvador, Bishop Martín De Jesús Barahona, welcomed the group with a word of encouragement and highlighted the importance of bringing back theological reflection based on transformation and development. He said that building community, leadership and empowered participation are very important pillars when doing theology together.

The course, a joint project developed by the Cristosal Foundation, the Anglican Diocese of El Salvador and the Anglican Alliance had as its objective to work on the links between the development work and theological underpinnings that support and strengthen this mission. In order to meet this objective the course was designed in such a way to mix community visits, group interaction and workshop sessions.

Drawing on their own contexts and experiences from the community visits, the group was enabled to build theological reflections and knowledge facilitated by Paulo Ueti, regional facilitator for the Anglican Alliance in Latin America & the Caribbean and Bible scholar. Throughout their time together the group were guided by the Road to Emmaus text (Luke 24:13-35) to frame their development of theological reflection. 

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