Lay pastors with fabric art.

Divinity students are equally enthusiastic. Christian Peele D’08 of Goldsboro, N.C., says: “I was humbled by how much our Peruvian brothers and sisters taught us about living for God. Their honesty and willingness to embrace us was breathtaking.”

Peele, a 19-year-old who plans to minister through domestic missions when she graduates, also learned a lot from the Peruvians’ relationship to the earth.

“Many of the people we worked with were farmers. They understand that the earth is a gift from God, and as such, is life-giving. They understand their relationship with the land to be a reflection of and an integral part of their relationship with God.”

Professor Susan Eastman
with native women and llamas, Spring ‘06.  

Peruvians still suffer from poverty, as well as from the trauma of a guerilla war that left 69,000 people dead and countless others missing, says Kristin Herzog, whose books include Finding Their Voice: Peruvian Women’s Testimonies of War (Trinity Press International, 1993), and Children and Our Global Future: Theological and Social Challenges (Pilgrim Press, 2005). The latter contains a chapter about children in Peru.

A former teacher of religion and German in German secondary schools, she earned her Ph.D. in 1980 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the National Coalition of Independent Scholars.

She is active in the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Durham and a board member of the United Christian Campus Ministry of N.C. Central University.

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