The ELCA sponsored a first-ever gathering of leaders from Lutheran churches, seminaries and other higher education institutions across Latin America and the Caribbean Aug. 7-11 in Bogota, Colombia. Under the theme, "Vino Nuevo, Odres Nuevos" (New wine, new wineskins) the leaders explored models of leadership development.
"This is the first gathering of its kind," said Raquel Rodriguez,ELCA Global Mission area program director for Latin America and the Caribbean. "Before churches stuck with churches and seminaries stuck with seminaries. They did not have a place to talk together about leadership formation. This has been eye-opening since many seminaries in the region are ecumenical, rather than Lutheran.
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