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Concordia the Reformer Seminary and Mercy Center (CMSCR) in Palmar Arriba, Dominican Republic boasts a curriculum grounded in practical field experience that supplements the requisite doctrinal foundation. The ripples of what God will do through its graduates reach far beyond classrooms overlooking palm tree covered mountains and occasionally serenaded by neighbors’ merengue; CMSCR’s sweeping influence is perhaps most evident in the one-of-a-kind, Spanish language theological symposium that is a cornerstone of every academic calendar.
Each spring, sister Lutheran church body presidents and theological education representatives from the region’s farthest reaches join students, faculty, and missionaries in Palmar Arriba. Worship, themed keynote addresses, and panel discussions lend structure to an agenda designed to foment fellowship amongst attendees. For those that represent small, isolated church bodies, communion with an international brotherhood of believers is a priceless gift.
The ties between these leaders and innovators will only strengthen as CMSCR, aided by a US contributor base, subsidizes the logistics of repeating the event annually. Friends new and old sustain one another by prayer and mutual encouragement until the day when the Word unites them once more.
Checks should be made out to: LCMS Memo line: Seminary Symposium
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Mission Advancement
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861
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