9/30/03 - Reinhardt Hosts the Rev. Dr. Lyda Pierce as part of "Year of the Americas" Celebration
In accordance with Reinhardt's celebration of the "Year
of the Americas", the Rev. Dr. Lyda Pierce, academic dean of the
Honduran Theological Community and director of the Council on Christian
Development, will be speak on "Human Disaster and God-Talk in Central
America: the Case of Honduras" on Monday, Oct. 6 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in
the Concert Hall of the Falany Performing Arts Center. The event is free
of charge and open to the public.
The Reverend Lyda Pierce is a General Board of Global Ministries
missionary of the United Methodist Church serving in Honduras along with her husband, the Rev. Paul Jeffrey. Appointed to the Christian Commission
for Development (CCD), Lyda provides theological reflection for CCD's
varied programs, and also serves as dean and professor at the Honduran
Theological Community-an extension campus of the Latin American Biblical
University in Costa Rica.
Pierce's work at the Honduran Theological Community, founded in
1998, involves training pastors and other church leaders in Biblical
interpretation, theological reflection, and other skills. Along with
their children Lucas (16) and Abigail (14), Pierce and husband Paul live
in the mountains outside Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. She has a
Bachelor of Arts in religious studies and sociology from The Evergreen
State College in Olympia, Washington, and a Master of Divinity from
Pacific School of Religion, part of the Graduate Theological Union in
Berkeley, California. In 2003, Pierce received a Doctor of Ministry
degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo,
Background information on "Year of the Americas":
Beginning in the fall of 2003, Reinhardt College
embarked on a journey to promote understanding of the varied cultures,
races, and faiths of the world. To this end, for the next several years
Reinhardt will provide a range of multicultural activities for students,
faculty, staff and the larger community, in which all continents of the
world will be celebrated.
To begin fulfilling this community-strengthening vision, throughout
the academic year 2003-2004 the College will celebrate "The Year of the
Americas" (YOTA). The nature of YOTA activities will be multi-faceted.
Entertainment, performing and visual arts, folk expressions, academic
exploration of issues, course offerings, food served on campus and
summer travel programs will reflect this year-long commitment to
education on the cultures of the Americas.