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, California.
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.
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