January 14 – May 31, 2019
In April, the resource group Red Crearte held a meeting at the headquarters of the Escola Superior de Teologia (Higher School of Theology-EST) in Sao Leopoldo, Brazil. The purpose of the meeting was to create ecumenical resources from Latin America to accompany the celebrations surrounding the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
Grace and justice were the themes used by the group in creating the prayers, affirmations of faith, litanies, selection of biblical texts and songs. The resources were also connected issues that are challenging to the churches, such as climate justice, human rights, forced migration and human trafficking, among others.
People from Colombia, Mexico and Argentina participated, with a great number from Brazil. The presence of a group of young students of theology gave a much-needed freshness to these spaces of collective creation.
This meeting was also an opportunity to start formally a sort of “headquarters” for Red Crearte in Brazil. From these headquarters its leaders will encourage meetings for creation and training. Louis Marcelo Illenseer will coordinate these, with valuable cooperation from the Escola Superior de Teologia, in the person of Dr. Julio Cezar Adam and the Center for Liturgical Resources at EST.
The resources produced at this meeting, and during a subsequent meeting at the headquarters in Brazil in July, will be published in a booklet that will be available towards the end of the year, possibly with a compact disc containing the songs that have been created.
Dr. Adam, a leading researcher in the liturgical field and director of Post Graduate Studies at EST, stressed the importance of the event and expressed the desire to promote more meetings like this, where creative-formative experiences can generate not only liturgical and musical resources, but also necessary spaces for reflection on the spirituality and liturgical work of faith communities in Latin America.
All of these resources will have an English translation, which will open the doors to its use in other contexts besides Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking churches.
Red Crearte has enjoyed the cooperation of a number of organizations to make this meeting possible, as well as the translation, dissemination and publication of resources. They are: BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz, the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship, CETELA, the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, the Alliance of Presbyterian and Reformed Churches in Latin America, the Zentrum für Mission und Ökumene—weltweit Nordkirche and the Escola Superior de Teologia.
Red Crearte was born in 2004 to provide a free, multilingual and open space to share religious resources. It continues to work for churches and faith-based bodies in the Americas and the whole world. The services include advising, proposals for training communities, accompanying events and creating resources for thematic or special occasions.