Perkins School of Theology in El Salvador

Dr. Harold J. Recinos, Professor of Church and Society at Perkins School of Theology, is leading his class of 14 students to El Salvador during spring break 2014. The group is examining Christian mission in cultural context as part of Perkins’ Global Theological Education program. This immersion experience enables students to engage in a sustained theological and ethical reflection upon the meaning of mission and education in Salvadoran society. The course includes meetings in various locations with leaders of popular political organizations, schools, women’s organizations, ecumenical associations, the base Christian communities, and political leaders.

Perkins student Lael C Melville, DPsy, a 2016 M.Div. candidate and president of the Perkins Black Seminarians Association, also is posting on her blog: http://llaelm.wordpress.com

‘The fuel that ignites’

An update from Lael C Melville, PsyD, a 2016 M.Div. candidate and president of the Perkins Black Seminarians Association, who also is blogging at “Following the Passion of the Cross to El Salvador”: Now I lay me down to sleep, God help my exhausted feet If I should die before I wake, God bless my joy it is no mistake For I have found the fuel that ignites, the fire in the darkest nights The fire is from God above, the essence His unchanging love Today (Wednesday, March 12, 2014) we visited an agency called Pro Search Association of El Salvador. The goal of this agency is to find missing children. A stark contrast to our earlier visit to a [...]

2014-03-17T10:49:47+00:00 March 12th, 2014|Perkins School of Theology in El Salvador|

Seeing beyond the sites to the Passion

An update from Lael C Melville, PsyD, a 2016 M.Div. candidate and president of the Perkins Black Seminarians Association, who also is blogging at “Following the Passion of the Cross to El Salvador”: Each morning a faithful few (Dr. Recinos, Edwin, David, Billy and myself) leave at 6 a.m. for our morning run. What a blessed peaceful time to reiterate old stories and share new stories while simultaneously creating a story in the moment to be told at a later time. Today was no different then the other days that we have been in El Salvador ... full of adventure. Today's adventure took us to: Mister Coffee coffeehouse, tour the Museum UCA and Metropolitan Cathedral (burial site of Monsignor Romero), [...]

2014-03-12T15:41:03+00:00 March 12th, 2014|Perkins School of Theology in El Salvador|

The Subversive Cross is a symbol of empowerment for all, including El Salvador’s women

An update from Lael C Melville, PsyD, a 2016 M.Div. candidate and president of the Perkins Black Seminarians Association, who also is blogging at "Following the Passion of the Cross to El Salvador": I did not share with you a remarkable gift I received on Sunday (March 9, 2014) during the morning church service. Every visitor received a handmade necklace. The necklaces were given to us by the children and youth of the church. Many of the crosses were replicas of the Subversive Cross. This cross is a symbol of both carnage and hope for some parishioners during the civil war and for Salvadorian women who currently struggle to find a safe place. “Subversive” was the name given to a group [...]

2014-03-11T16:23:27+00:00 March 11th, 2014|Perkins School of Theology in El Salvador|

Today I climbed a mountain

An update from Lael C Melville, PsyD, a 2016 M.Div. candidate and president of the Perkins Black Seminarians Association, who also is blogging at "Following the Passion of the Cross to El Salvador": Today I climbed a mountain. It was not on my itinerary or list of events for the day. Our planned itinerary included: running at 6 a.m. (small group lead by Dr. Recinos – what a great runner), departure from the hotel at 9 a.m., a Lutheran church mass and meeting with Father Gomez, lunch at Planes de Renderos, visit to Panchimalco church and museum, and a stop at a coffee house. Once back at the hotel: dinner at 7:30 p.m., a debriefing and review of plans for the [...]

2014-03-10T15:20:37+00:00 March 9th, 2014|Perkins School of Theology in El Salvador|