St. Jacob’s partners with ELCA Global Missions to support Rev. Dr. Eliseo Perez-Alvarez and Dr. Regina Musselman de Perez. They are stationed in Jamaica. Eliseo teaches at the United Theological College of the West Indies, (UTCWI), Kingston, Jamaica where he guides Lutheran students. Eliseo has a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He also has two Masters degrees. His hobbies include writing, landscaping, jogging and drumming.
Regina has at Ph.D. in linguistics from El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico. Her hobbies include jogging, gardening and reading. Regina’s parents were missionaries with the Mennonite Board of Missions serving in Brazil for 36 years. Therefore, she speaks 4 languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. Eliseo, as a result of his teaching, has written a number of books. They lived in Denmark one year studying Soren Kierkegaard’s theology.
by The Rev. Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Álvarez
Thanks to God and to the generous solidarity of Lutheran churches in the United States, the following missionary activities are made possible at the United Theological College of the University of the West Indies, in Jamaica.
Contextual Teaching On Mondays we gather together to study “Perspectives on Christology” in order to reflect on God´s liberating mission throughout the Great Caribbean, namely, the same culture which began in Salvador, Brazil and ends in New Orleans. In addition to an essay, team presenters are encouraged to use drama, poetry, storytelling, music… in order to address the historical Jesus and the dogma of Christ.
On Tuesdays it´s time for “History of Philosophy”, that is, a journey from several branches of this subject including Afro-Caribbean, Mesoamerica and Greek schools. Around the discussion table of this class and others, sit students from Kenya, Guyana, Barbados, Monserrate, St. Lucia, Haiti, St. Vincent, the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, England, Suriname and lots of Jamaicans. Other colleagues are from Belize and Antigua.
Caribbean Worshiping Every day Anglicans lead a prayer service starting at 6:00 a.m., and all the denominations worship from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m., with the exception of Wednesdays when a service of a couple of hours takes place. Drumming, steel band, clapping and rocking are more than welcome.
Meals at the Lutheran House Gina and Eliseo have hosted faculty and students for several meals. In the most recent case we went “French only” surrounded by the gracious company of the Haitians, who have built a very hard work reputation. They belong to the Moravian, Methodist, and Baptist denominations. In the past there were from the Salvation Army and Lutherans as well.