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Apply Now – BLESSS Program on May 11 – 12, 2018

The Biblical Literacy, Education and Society Summer Seminar (BLESSS) is a program of the Center for Biblical Literacy and Education.

WHAT: Biblical Literacy, Education, and Society Summer Seminar (BLESSS)

WHEN: May 11, 2018 (6:30 PM) to May 12, 2018 (4:30 PM)

WHERE: Scala Retreat House

HOW MUCH: P 450 per participant

It would offer inspiring discussions on the Bible and its Impact on Education and Society, and workshops on how to make our love for the WORD of God impact in our communities.

The Biblical Literacy, Education and Society Summer Seminar (BLESSS) are limited in size, and will be held in a comfortable retreat house.

This is an overnight gathering starting from May 11, 2018 at  6:30 PM (Friday) to May 12, 2018 at 4:30 PM (Saturday). Food and over-night lodging will be provided. Those who would opt to stay out is welcome although the sessions will end late at night (around 10:30 PM).

Specific details of the BLESSS will be posted in coming weeks.

For those interested please contact CBLE (0998 213 5857).

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Shemot Book Launching

(Photo: From L to R – Dr. Ma. Mercedes Joson (Dean of the Graduate School – La Consolacion College – Bacolod), Dr. Dennis Madrigal – President of PACRE, Inc.), Fr. Deogracias Aurelio Camon (Author), Mrs. Rosabella Erillo (CBLE – Vice President), Mrs. Ophelia Cayiteles (Secretary – PACRE, Inc).

 

The Philippine Association of Catholic Religious Educators, Inc (PACRE) in collaboration with the Center for Biblical Literacy and Education (CBLE) published a new book entitled “Shemot: A People Remembered.” This is the first volume of a projected five-part series that will cover the entire Five Books of Moses (Pentateuch) in the Old Testament. The book launching was held in Felicia’s Cafe – Bacolod City attended by members of the academe, students and members of the laity last April 8, 2018.

This book is a socio-historical analysis of the Book of Exodus correlating it with the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) as an experiment of social liberation. The book emphasized the relationship between identity, narratives, and memory.

Fr. Deogracias Aurelio V. Camon, Ph.D., the author of “Shemot: A People Remembered” said that “Nations are narratives. The stories we tell and circulate about ourselves form us into who we are. The Book of Exodus (SHEMOT) teaches that there is a need to share in a story that would direct how a people remember the past, influence how it acts in the present and provides guidance to its future. There is an emerging need for us to engage in forming a narrative of how we understand ourselves as Filipinos. If we are not able to do so, our national narratives will be held captive by those who are in power, socially or politically. Nations are truly liberated if its historical identities are made relevant to the present and transmitted effectively to the succeeding generation through stories and rituals that embody their aspiration as nations.”

The book showed that in the 1980’s the Diocese of Bacolod, during the episcopacy of Bishop Antonio Fortich, established the Basic Ecclesial Communities (Kristianong Katilingban) as a response to the socials ills of that time. These grassroots movements are commonly called as “church in the neighborhood” because it is commonly composed of families that belong to the same locality like a barangay. These communities proved to be an effective response to the needs of that era.

For those who are interested in obtaining a copy of the book, kindly email the author at rev.deocamon@yahoo.com.

Visayan Daily Star Press Release:  http://visayandailystar.com/2018/April/17/people.htm

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April 15, 2018 – Christians as Witnesses

Third Sunday of Easter

1 John 2: 1 – 5a

“My children, I am writing this to you so that you may not commit sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one.”

The “counter-cultural” standard for Christians is not easy. Thus, we are assured by John that if we fall short of what identity demands of us we have someone who will stand for us Jesus Christ himself. It is a reminder that no individual can truly be perfect in this world, only Jesus is. Our Christian witnessing is not something that we achieve on our effort but only by the grace of God.

This is the reason why we are not afraid to condemn sin even if we are sinners ourselves. This is the reason why we are not afraid to praise what is good even if we have not done enough ourselves. It is all because the foundation and guarantee of our Christian witnessing is Jesus. He is the one who truly pleased God that all we can do is listen to him and follow whatever he commands us.

 

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April 8 Book Launching

Fr. Deo’s newest book entitled “Shemot: A People Remembered” is now available. This book is part of a planned five-book series on the Torah. Shemot is a socio-historical analysis of the Book of Exodus. The Torah Series is a joint project of the Center for Biblical Literacy and Education and the Philippine Association of Catholic Religious Educators, Inc. (PACRE).

The book launching is April 8, 2018 in Felicia’s Cafe (6th – Lacson Sts. Bacolod City).

The book will be given as a gift for those who would sponsor the BLESSS program on May 11 -12, 2018. Those interested to donate to BLESSS and have a hardbound copy of the book, kindly contact the author through CBLE contact number 0998 213 5857.