Global Ministries is hosting a series of Webinars as part of the Caribbean Initiative, in which partners and mission personnel will offer perspectives on the countries, the contexts in which they are carrying out their witness and work, and the ways they engage that context. These Webinars will take place quarterly for the duration of the Initiative.
Just Economic Systems: an Experience from Venezuela
Rev. Elida Quevedo
Venezuela is currently experiencing a society that is divided and in turmoil. The ministry of the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela (UEPV) aims to be faithful to the Gospel and its challenges even in times of political and socio-economic conflicts. From the ministry of their congregations, UEPV seeks to build an alternative way of living into their faith in a contextual, inspired, and holistic manner. They are currently pursuing an ethical-theological lens to address a global analysis of their reality. This involves a search for new information and alternative spaces at local, regional, and global levels that allows them to pursue reflective and constructive actions in order to confront destructive economic policies and seek truth and justice.
The Reverend Elida Quevedo is a Venezuelan Pentecostal leader, social scientist, and theologian. A graduate of the Biblical Latin American University, she is currently the Director of the Venezuelan Center of Theological Studies (CEVET) and is one of the Bishops of the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela.
Migration & Human Trafficking on the Dominican-Haitian Border
Lorenzo Mota King, Jr.
The influx of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic and the presence of a community of people of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic, to a large extent undocumented immigrants, today has generated a number of concerns about human dignity and the impact on these populations in national public life who demand just and viable part of the defense of human rights and national sovereignty solutions. In both cases, it is fair to say that families of immigrants and people born in the Dominican Republic to foreign parents have made substantial contributions to the economy, society and culture of Dominican Republic; while they have suffered violations of their human and national rights. To know more about the situation of the Dominico-Haitian communities and their rights and challenges, Social Services of the Dominican Churches (SSID, acronym in English) has been working with migrant communities at both sides of the border.
Lorenzo Mota King is the SSID´s Executive Director. SSID works to continue to support the development of Dominican and Haitian Communities, especially in rural areas.
Building a Sustainable Future in Puerto Rico - Juan Rosario Maldonado
Join Juan Rosario, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Sustainable Management of Resources (Alianza para el Manejo Sostenible de los Recursos) (Amaneser 2025), for a webinar Thursday, February 15th. Amaneser 2025 is an ecumenical network of grassroots organizations whose purpose is to promote sustainability in Puerto Rico so that the island can design its development as “prosperous, fair, democratic, sustainable and happy.” To this end, Amaneser 2025 promotes education and training processes, support communities and encourage projects of any kind that uphold said objectives and purposes.
The Quest for Peace in Colombia - Rev. Pablo Moreno & Ms. Jenny Neme - November 17th
Join partners from Colombia as they share testimonies from the ongoing peace process in Colombia.
Jenny Neme is the director of the Christian Centre for Justice, Peace and Nonviolent Action (JUSTAPAZ) and a member of the Mennonite Church in Colombia. Since its establishment in 1990, Justapaz has worked to promote non-violence, peace-building and the positive transformation of conflict. It has developed a broad range of initiatives in training, organization and action for conflict transformation at local, regional, national, and international levels.
Pablo Moreno is Director of the Commission for Restoration, Life and Peace of the Evangelical Council of Colombia (CEDECOL). the CEDECOL Peace Commission, which has helped facilitate conversations between rebel groups and the Colombian government during peace negotiations. The Peace Commission has been vital in passing along information about the peacemaking process to local communities and churches affected by the negotiations, as well as promoting peace in discussions with congregations and pastoral associations.
Peace in the Eye of the Storm - Rev. Miguel A. Morales Castro - October 11th
Rev. Morales Castro, General Pastor of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Puerto Rico, will be sharing updates on the impact of Hurricane Maria on the island, and the ongoing recovery efforts.
Overview Webinar - Rev. Angel Luis Rivera Agosto - August 17th
Rev. Rivera Agosto introduces the resources, themes, and opportunities of the Caribbean Initiative through the testimonies of partners.
Rev. Angel L. Rivera Agosto serves as the Executive for the Latin America and Caribbean office of Global Ministries. He has served with the Council of Churches in Puerto Rico, the Latin America Council of Churches (CLAI) and the World Council of Churches. He also previously served as a mission co-worker in Ecuador.