"With her usual ability to ground education on reality and her enduring commitment to the theological formation of the people of God, Dr. Conde-Frazier weaves critique with guidance and challenge with hope in a fashion that well merits the attention of anyone seeking paths into the future of theological education."
Justo L. González
author of The Story of Christianity
"Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier is one of the most acclaimed voices within Hispanic theological education. In Atando Cabos, she invites us, de forma genial, to step into a time capsule and revisit history for the purpose of shaping what is to come. Every chapter is filled with personal lived experiences that transport the reader into rich and diverse contexts. I laughed and cried and was deeply moved as I relived my own ecclesial upbringing as a Latina. I was immersed into la misión integral and called into the here and now of the basileia. Every critical question was kind but firmreminders to do the work of contextualizing curriculums AND reshaping the structures. A clear invitation to innovate and to step into the new thing God is doing, yes for the Latinx community but also beyond."
pastor, consultant, and partner and strategist of CaminoRoad
"Elizabeth Conde-Fraziers Atando Cabos: Latinx Contributions to Theological Education is a must read for all theological educators and administrators, particularly during these critical times in which academic institutions are undergoing tectonic shifts. After providing a historical and missional background, Conde-Frazier argues that in todays globalized and now post-pandemic world, theological education can no longer afford to function apart from the lived realities of its students or the church. Indeed, she calls for the development of curricula that are not absent from the pressing realities of todays world or irrelevant to the faith in the midst of the times, and whose goal is social justice. For theological schools looking for creative new pathways to welcome underrepresented communities, Conde-Frazier provides intriguing and practical suggestions for collaborative partnerships. This book will be one that I use and recommend repeatedly."
Loida I. Martell
vice president for academic affairs and dean/professor of constructive theology at Lexington Theological Seminary
"Dra. Conde-Frazier makes good on the title of her book by accomplishing the near impossible. Atando Cabos is a revealing synthesis of the many historical, social, and theological underpinnings that shape the missional identity of the LatinX Protestant tradition in the US. She names unfamiliar historical figures and events and demonstrates how these produced a reductive curriculum for theological education. Dra. Conde-Frazier then presents a richly theological vision for expanding modes of education rooted in the LatinX tradition. Her work is essential for anyone trying to understand the challenges and opportunities facing la Iglesia Latina and the broader church."
president of World Outspoken
"This is a beautiful book! Conde-Frazier reaches deeply into the history of encounter between European colonial powers who drove a specific understanding of mission, and the diverse, vibrant, and multiple understandings of mission that have arisen across a vast array of Latinx contexts. She elegantly lifts up a view of misión integral which rests within the breath of the Spirit. She makes clear how the continued vitality of Latinx congregations even in the midst of sharp oppression grows from the embrace of the Spirits life and work. Her book offers a rich and energizing view of theological education that is dialogical, thoroughly embodied in practice, relevant, shares the good news of the basileia of God, and nourishes the priesthood of all believers. We all must read this book!"
Mary E. Hess
professor of educational leadership and chair of the leadership division at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota
"This book is a necessary read for all people involved in theological education within and beyond the Latinx community. Drawing from her many years of multifaceted experience in theological education, Elizabeth Conde-Frazier helps us understand the historical, theological, and pedagogical treads that ground Latinx understanding and practice of theological education, with its shortcomings and successes. But also, based on her own work and the work of others within the Latinx ecology of theological education (which includes local congregations, bible institutes, seminaries, and other denominational and independent educational Latinx organizations), she proposes a paradigm for theological education that is holistically missional, intentionally collaborative, and aligned with the values of the basileiathe fullness of life God desires for all peoples and all of creation. The times are ripe for this kind of transformation of theological education."
Fernando A. Cascante
executive director of Asociación para La Educación Teológica Hispana (AETH)
Praise for the TEBT series:
"At once visionary and realistic, the books in this series offer fresh, short, and very different answers to the question, What is theological education for? Studies of that question have appeared every couple of decades and seem to assume that one-size-fits-all answers are possible. Whats new and groundbreaking here is that a group of theological educators from a broad array of very different religious traditions address the question in conversation with one another and in light of the changing place of faith communities in contemporary culture."
David H. Kelsey
Yale Divinity School
"The authors of this series invite us into an exercise of the imaginationto let loose of the theological school models we know so well and instead craft ways that we teach and learn as if we are living in the new Jerusalem. This is daring work. Will we have the will to grasp it? I encourage you to read and see."
Emilie M. Townes
Vanderbilt University Divinity School
"I would be hard-pressed to name any other resource that even approaches this series in its visionary outlook and wide perspective on the challenges and opportunities currently facing theological education. The authors represent an unparalleled selection of leaders in theological education whose views and experiences point to different paths into the future, all leading to true excellence and relevance in theological education."
Justo L. González
author of The History of Theological Education
"At a time of massive changes in churches and theological schools, as well as in society generally, the twelve-book series Theological Education between the Times presents an indispensable resource. Many people, especially younger generations, question as never before the necessity of religious practice or even belonging to a congregation. In this new context, the repercussions for theological education are many: What adjustments must leaders make to maintain support? How can faculty modify programs to meet the demands of modern times? What message will attract prospective students? Astute theological educators from diverse backgrounds prayed together and engaged in conversations that contributed to the authorship of this lucid and compelling series intended for anyone concerned about the fate of religion in society."
Katarina Schuth, OSF
Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity