The scholars and pastors will offer insight into their country and help foster better understanding of the issues facing the residents of the Caribbean island that since 1965 has been governed by the Communist Party.
The free lectures are Aug. 11 to 12 on Reinhardt’s campus, and feature the Revs. Luis Carlos Marrero Chasbar and Daylins Rufin Pardo.
“These lectures will dismantle some misunderstandings or partial ideas people have about the social reality in Cuba,” said Dr. Aquiles Martinez, Reinhardt professor of religion, in a release about the event. “Those who attend will obtain first-hand input from leaders actively involved in the life of the Cuban people and churches, and it will open a window leading to a space for a cross-cultural dialogue.”
Chasbar will present, “‘The New’ Pearl of the Caribbean: Seeing Cuba through Different Eyes,” on Aug. 11 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., in Reinhardt’s Lawson Academic Building in room 104.
On Aug. 12, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Pardo will discuss, “Reaching God through a Fallen Wall: Contextualizing Religious Education in Cuba,” also in the Lawson building in room 104.
Chasbar is the director of “Grupo de Reflexion y Solidaridad Oscar Arnulfo Romero” in the area of programs and theology. He also serves as professor in the fields of gender, and interreligious dialogue at the “Instituto Superior de Ciencias de la Religion.”
Pardo is professor of Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew Grammar at “Seminario Evangélico de Teologia of Matanzas,” as well as professor of Sacred and Religious Texts at ISECRE.
They both are part of the Standing Committee of Red Biblica Cubana, a network headed by Pardo.
The two also serve as pastors of Comunidad Bautista “La Sagrada Familia” in Alamar, a church in a suburb of Havana and a member of the Fraternidad de Iglesias de Cuba.
“I hope that those who attend these lectures will walk away with the tools to strengthen commonalities in the articulation of our religious faith and mission in society,” Martinez said. “And to strengthen our faith and challenge each other to live it in relevant manner.”
The lectures are sponsored by Reinhardt’s Religion Program through Dr. Martinez’ initiative and by the financial support of the Marlen-Easterling Fund, the school said in the release.