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Latin America Initiative

The Conference on Faith and History (CFH) and the Nagel Institute have begun a new Latin American Initiative to form a mutually supportive relationship with scholars in the global south.

Daniel Miller (Calvin College History department), one of the principals in this effort, attended the "Conference on Mission and Power in North South Relations," in Costa Rica, June 22 to 26, 2009. The conference met at the Universidad Biblica Latino Americana. Ruth Padilla DeBorst, the director of the Instituto para la Promoción de la Educación Cristiana and General Secretary of the Fraternidad Teológica Latinoamericana, served as host, along with Daniel Salinas who works with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Paraguay.

The immediate goals coming out of the recent meeting in Costa Rica are:

  1. CFH and the Instituto para la Promoción de la Educación will develop on-going bureaucratic communication and mutual support for organizing and finding funding for conferences and publications.

  2. In Fall 2011, CFH and the Instituto para la Promoción de la Educación will begin working toward a conference on Latin American history in Mexico. Lead organizers for the conference are Dan Miller (Calvin College), Carlos Mondragon (Universidad Autonoma de Mexico), and Lourdes de Ita (Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo).

  3. CFH and the Instituto para la Promoción de la Educación will support a committee looking into the creation of a web-based Dictionary of Latin American Christian Biography modeled on the Dictionary of African Christian Biography. Ron Morgan (Abilene Christian University), along with Carlos and Dan, are the point-people for investigating this possibility.

  4. Sessions on Latin America or Latin American historiography will be encouraged at our CFH conferences at George Fox University in 2010 and Gordon College in 2012. Dan Miller will chair the session in 2010.

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