Friday, May 29, 2015

The essence of the Creed

by José Antonio Pagola (English translation by Rebel Girl)
Buenas Noticias: Blog de Jose Antonio Pagola
May 31, 2015

Matthew 28:16-20

Throughout the centuries, Christian theologians have produced intensive studies on the Trinity. However, many Christians of our time don't manage to grasp what these admirable doctrines have to do with their lives. Apparently, today we need to hear about God in humble and simple words that touch our poor, confused and discouraged hearts, and comfort our wavering faith. Maybe we need to recover the essence of our creed to learn to experience it with new joy.

"I believe in God the Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth." We aren't alone in the face of our problems and conflicts. We aren't forgotten; God is our beloved "Father." That's what Jesus called Him and so we call Him. He is the source and purpose of our life. He has created all of us just for love, and He awaits all of us with a Father's heart at the end of our journey through this world. His name is now forgotten and denied by many. Our children are going away from Him, and we believers don't know how to spread our faith to them, but God is still watching us all with love. Although we are full of doubts, we mustn't lose faith in God as Creator and Father as we would have lost our last hope.

"I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord." He is the great gift that God has given the world. He has told us how the Father is. For us, Jesus will never be just another man. Looking at him, we see the Father -- in his gestures, we grasp his tenderness and understanding. In him, we can feel the human, close, friendly God. This Jesus, the beloved Son of God, has encouraged us to build a more fraternal and happy life for all. This is what the Father wants most. He has also shown us the path to follow -- "Be merciful as your Father is merciful." If we forget Jesus, who would take his space? Who could offer us his light and hope?

"I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life." This mystery of God is not something distant. It is present deep within each of us. We can grasp Him as the Spirit that gives hope to our lives, as Love that leads us to those who are suffering. This Spirit is the best that is within us.

Monday, May 25, 2015

SAVE THE DATE: II Congreso Continental de Teología - October 26-30, 2015

Registration is now open for the follow-up 2nd Continental Theology Congress to the 2012 one held in São Leopoldo, Brazil. Here are the pertinent details as we know them so far, although there's a lot more about the methodology and objectives of the conference on the detailed release in Spanish. At the São Leopoldo conference, women were underrepresented and it's gratifying to see that in the speaker and workshop leader lineup for the 2015 conference, attempts are being made to correct this imbalance. I'm posting this on the blog because the northern half of the Americas was also underrepresented among the participants in the 2012 conference. Brothers and sisters, don't miss this great opportunity to meet and hear your colleagues from the southern hemisphere. Additional information and online registration available on the II Congreso Continental de Teología website.

Theme: "Iglesia que camina con Espíritu y desde los pobres" [A Church that walks with the Holy Spirit and the poor]

Date: October 26-30, 2015


Casa de Retiros São José
Avenida Itau 475, Belo Horizonte/MG, Brazil
(Plenary Sessions)

Instituto Santo Tomás de Aquino
Rua Itutinga, 340, Belo Horizonte/MG, Brazil
(Workshops, Offices)

Invited Speakers:

  • Virginia Azcuy
  • Mons. Pedro Barreto (to be confirmed)
  • Marcelo Barros
  • José O. Beozzo
  • Leonardo Boff
  • Pablo Bonavía
  • Víctor Codina
  • Isabel Corpas
  • Eduardo De la Serna
  • Gustavo Gutiérrez (to be confirmed)
  • Juan Luis Hernández
  • Jaldemir Vitório S.J.
  • Juan Hernández Pico
  • Mons. Alvaro Ramazzini (to be confirmed)
  • Solange Do Carmo
  • Vicenta Mamani
  • Carlos Mesters
  • Socorro Martínez
  • Etel Nina Cáceres
  • Francisco Orofino
  • Carlos Schickendantz
  • Pedro Trigo
  • Dom Demetrio Valentini
  • Cecilia Tovar


Participants will select ONE workshop in which they will participate for the duration of the conference. When registering, please indicate two preferences for workshops from the following:

  • Derecho a lo urbano, las ciudades - Marta Palacios (to be confirmed)
  • Lo indígena: cosmovisión indígena desafíos y posibilidades - Juan Manuel Hurtado y Margot Bremer
  • Lo afroamericano: desafíos y posibilidades - Jorge Axé (to be confirmed)
  • La Teología de la Liberación y el paradigma civilizatorio digital - Alejandro Ortiz
  • Migrantes - Rosita Milesi (to be confirmed)
  • Trata de personas - Sergio Navarro
  • Ecoteología - Afonso Murad y Alirio Cáceres
  • Mujer y reforma de la Iglesia - Alzira Munhoz
  • Educación, Reino de Dios y nueva relacionalidad - Marta Orsini (to be confirmed)
  • Juventudes: lenguajes y códigos del mundo postcristiano - Carlos Eduardo Cardozo (Cadu)
  • Vida religiosa: desafíos y posibilidades - Gabriel Naranjo (to be confirmed)
  • Mov. Sociales: nuevos planteamientos (to be confirmed)
  • Comunicación digital y religión - Oscar Elizalde
  • Relaciones afectivas: desafíos para la teología moral (to be confirmed)
  • CEBs: red de comunidades - Pedro Ribeiro de Oliveira
  • Buen Vivir (sumak kawsay) como recreación del Espíritu - Paulo Suess
  • Reflexión producción y eneseñanza de la Teología - Carolina Bacher (to be confirmed)
  • El desafío de las hermeneúticas bíblicas frente a las nuevas tendencias fundamentalistas
  • El factor religioso en los conflictos globales - Faustino Teixeira
  • Santidad y conflicto en América Latina - Marta Zechmeister
  • El pensamiento teológico de José Comblin - Eduardo Hornaert
  • Fe y Política - Frei Betto (to be confirmed)


Early Registration (before June 30): US $80 or equiv. in BRL
Regular Registration (after July 1): US $100 or equiv. in BRL
Theology Students: US $70 or equiv. in BRL


There are a variety of housing options including the Casa de Retiros São José and two nearby hotels, Impar Suites and Bristol Convention Hotel, from which transportation to the conference will be provided.

To Register/More Information:

Register online at Or contact: Secretaría de Amerindia Continental
Address: Cerrito 327/001 - Montevideo (Uruguay)
Phone: 598 2 29167308