Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 8:30pm
Nina Balmaceda

The Center for Reconciliation’s Americas Initiative for Transformation and Reconciliation (TAI) at Duke Divinity School will hold a series of virtual sessions to facilitate interdisciplinary theological dialogue and inspired collective action directed at addressing the root-causes of suffering, injustice, and environmental degradation across the Americas.

The initiative will offer its first Americas Institute for Transformation and Reconciliation as a series of six online sessions, featuring relevant aspects of the Theology of Reconciliation in dialogue with the knowledge, experience, and expertise of Christians in the Americas who are involved in the field of social transformation through local churches, nongovernmental organizations, grassroots associations, and other civil society groups. 

All institute sessions will be conducted in Spanish, with simultaneous English and Portuguese translation available.  

Free registration is required for each session of the institute.

Participants who attend all six sessions are eligible for a certificate of achievement from Duke Divinity School and TAI. A separate registration is required for this non-degree certificate program.

Dates and topics for the Americas Institute for Transformation and Reconciliation are:

  • October 13, 2020, 7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT: Why Work for Transformation and Reconciliation?
    • Panelists will be Jocabed Solano, director of Memoria Indígena, Dr. Rolando Pérez, director of the Peace and Hope Institute, and Dr. Nina Balmaceda, missional strategist at the Center for Reconciliation (CFR).
    • The moderator will be Yohan Alverez, exectuvie director of the organization Paz y Esperanza Colombia.
  • November 17, 2020, 7:00-8:30 p.m. EST: Theology of Reconciliation (Part 1 — New Creation)
    • Panelists will be Dr. Edgardo Colón-Emeric, CFR director and also the Irene and William McCutchen Associate Professor of Reconciliation and Theology at Duke Divinity, Bishop Juan de Dios Peña, president of the Council of Methodist Bishops and Presidents of Latin America and the Carribean, and Roxana Bendezu, founder and director of Migrant Roots Media.
    • The moderator will be Dr. James Huff, associate professor of anthropology and associate director of the Human Needs and Global Resources Program, both at Wheaton College.
  • January 19, 2021: Theology of Reconciliation (Part 2 — Lament)
  • February 16, 2021: Theology of Reconciliation (Part 3 — Hope and Liberation)
  • March 23, 2021: Theology of Justice and Transformation
  • April 27, 2021: Theology of Reconciliation (Part 4 — Vocation).

More details will be announced soon.