The Orlando E. and Rose Costas Lecture

Event time: 
Monday, November 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
Niebuhr Hall* - Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School See map
409 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Orlando E. and Rose Costas Lecture

“Who Are the Strangers? Identity, Discourse, and Orlando Costas’ Holistic Missionary Understanding”

The faculty and staff of Andover Newton are excited to welcome Andover Newton alumna and President of Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico (ESPR), Rev. Dr. Doris J. García Rivera, as the speaker for the 2018 Orlando E. and Rose Costas Lecture.

Rev. Dr. Garcia writes:

“As I keep my eyes on the pilgrimage of migrants moving from Honduras into Mexico in order to reach the border of the United States, I am hit with the news of violence in the form of shootings and bombings in this nation. It is a complex situation. Orlando Costas’ vision and understanding of missions becomes relevant to this present reality by giving us a couple of points to work with. In order to define the identity of the stranger, the first border we cross is the one where we define our own identity, our own humanity. Apalabrar (giving word/sense to a certain reality) is always mediated by language and it is deeply personalized. The second border to cross is our understanding of the power of re-naming reality and our call to recreate new theological narratives. We might as well cross back or re-turn to the Missio Dei concept in an effort to understand who accompanies the church, how we do that, and to recognize God’s relentless presence in this historic moment.”

The Rev. Dr. Doris Garcia Rivera is president of the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico.  She has served as president since August 1, 2014, the first woman to hold the position.
Garcia Rivera has a B.A. in biology and chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, where she also earned a master’s degree in microbiology and medical zoology.  She also holds a master of arts in religion from Andover Newton Theological School, and a Ph.D. in biblical and historical studies from the Boston University School of Theology, with a concentration in Hebrew Bible and sociology.
Garcia Rivera has a wealth of educational experience in Central America and Mexico, including 23 years as a missionary in Latin America, particularly in Costa Rica and Mexico, where she founded theological centers and worked with indigenous groups, youth, women and other vulnerable populations.  She has spoken at many international conferences and has taught at several educational institutions in Puerto Rico and the United States.

The lecture will be held at 7:00 pm on November 12, 2018, in Niebuhr Hall on the Yale Divinity School campus. A reception will follow.

*To find Niebuhr Hall, enter through the main entrance, across the driveway from the parking lot. When you enter, the bookstore will be on your left. Turn right, and Niebuhr is at the top of a short staircase on the left.