Mission Field Update from Dominican Republic – May 2018

Attendees at the Heidelberg Symposium, held April 24–26 in Santiago, Dominican Republic, pose for a group photo on the white roof of the Concordia The Reformer Mercy Center and Seminary. The seminary dormitory is pictured in the background. (Jana Inglehart)

The leaders of six Lutheran church bodies, three seminaries and five Bible institutes gathered in April with over 40 other theologians and church workers at the Concordia The Reformer Mercy Center and Seminary in Santiago, Dominican Republic, for the first-ever confessional Lutheran theological symposium there.

The symposium was a collaborative effort of the seminary, Luther Academy and LCMS Disaster Response.

Held April 24–26, the symposium coincided with the 500th anniversary of the Heidelberg Disputation, which occurred on April 25, 1518, when Martin Luther appeared before the general meeting of the Augustinian order in Heidelberg, Germany.

In keeping with the Heidelberg Disputation’s focus on the theology of the cross, each day of the event considered one of the following topics:

  • Theology of the Cross as the center of the Mission,
  • Theology of the Cross as the center of the Pastorate, and
  • Theology of the Cross as the center of Mercy.

Presenters at the symposium included the Rev. Theodore Krey, LCMS regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean; the Rev. David Preus, seminary professor and LCMS missionary to the Dominican Republic; the Rev. Sergio Fritzler, professor of Theology at Concordia The Reformer Seminary; and the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Naumann, seminary professor and LCMS regional chaplain for the Latin American region.