Saturday, February 12, 2011

Vision of human transformation

I have a passion for human transformation, rooted in self-knowledge and self-criticism. Traveling many Latin American countries during my business career, I learned a great deal about cultural diversity and the need of human solidarity.

With a new vocation of theological education, I now ask: What does it mean to live in this world in relation to each other (i.e., meaning of the Other -- which resonates Emmanuel Levinas' "the face of the other," Paul Ricoeur's inter-subjective narrative identity, or Jacques Derrida's "relationless relation"). How can we do theology in our thoughts, deeds and action, while moving pointedly away from individualism? How can we engage the Bible as part of human transformation? How can we see and experience the reality of human existence differently through critical imagination beyond both Western and Eastern paradigms?

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