Theology in Latin American Perspective — HTE659

This course has been cancelled

3 credit hours
January 5–23, 2015

Offered at SEMILLA, the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala City, this course examines the rich theological heritage (Anabaptist, Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal) that has developed in and for the Latin American context. Through classroom discussion, readings, and field-trips, students will be challenged to deepen their understanding of the dynamic between theological tradition and contextual developments. Particular emphases of the course are the place of theology in situations of poverty and conflict, Latin American theologies of peace and justice, and the relations among Anabaptist, liberation, and Pentecostal theologies.

This course meets requirements for a theology course or a peace- and justice-studies course. A minimum of 10 for-credit students is needed for the course to run. The maximum number of participants is 25.

Registration and payment

By September 29, 2014, register for the course as follows:

  • AMBS admitted students: By September 29, register through my.ambs. Pay the deposit of $650 at the time you register. You may pay it securely online ( or at the reception desk. Full payment of all costs is due before departure.
  • Registrants who are not admitted AMBS students: By September 29, complete a registration form for this course (available June 15). The deposit and tuition (for credit or audit) are both due when you register, and the form will give you an opportunity to pay this securely online. You also may pay by credit card by calling the AMBS reception desk (574.295.3726 ext. 0) or by sending a check by mail. Full payment of all costs is due before departure.

A full refund is available if the student drops the course by October 2. A full refund also is available if AMBS cancels the course. Registrations dropped after October 2 forfeit the $650 deposit. Tuition and other payments are refundable according to the normal schedule as listed on the Academic Calendar.

Academic credit and requirements

This three-hour course will meet requirements for a peace studies course or a theology elective. For additional information about how this course fits a plan of study, see Jamie Pitts.

Auditors must attend all course sessions in Guatemala, complete all course readings, and participate fully in discussion and other course activities. They do not complete any written assignments or otherwise hand in work for evaluation.


SEMILLA shares a facility with CASAS (Central American Study and Service) program, a department for language and cultural study for North Americans. AMBS students will be housed in this facility and CASAS will provide meals. Lunch and snack times as well as occasional chapels are shared with CASAS faculty, administration and students. A Spanish-English library is available with significant holdings in areas of theology, anthropology, Latin American and Anabaptist history.

Theology in Latin American Perspective


  • Jamie Pitts, PhD, assistant professor of Anabaptist Studies at AMBS.
  • SEMILLA instructor TBA

Both instructors are bilingual in Spanish and English. The course is taught in English.


  • Airfare: $650
  • Course costs at SEMILLA: $1,593 (includes lodging, meals and transportation to events and sites that are part of the program)
  • Tuition and fees: $1,449 for credit; $384 for audit

Course information