Pérez And Zabala To Visit Lee

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - by Sara Groos, Lee University
Father Simón Pérez
Father Simón Pérez

Lee University’s Department of Language and Literature will welcome Colombian guest speakers Father Simón Pérez and Presbyter Gina Zabala to present “Faith-in-Action in Latin America.” The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. in Jones Lecture Hall, in Lee’s School of Religion. 

“Their presence at Lee University will be a good example of combining academia, practical vocation, and ethical action,” said Associate Professor of Spanish Dr. Alexander Steffanell. 

Father Pérez and Ms. Zabala will also share in various classes throughout the week of October 1-6. 

“Their talks will connect our foreign language students and students from other departments with hands-on events on faith, education, and mission work once they graduate, as well as encourage them to think critically,” said Dr. Steffanell. “This will be a learning and cultural experience and create faith-integration across the curriculum and interdisciplinary conversations among our students and faculty.” 

Father Pérez is a Eudist Catholic Priest and a member of the Archdioceses of Barranquilla, Colombia. He has an extensive career in philosophy, theology, educational management, community leadership, and political science. 

He has taught at Jesuit Javeriana University, John XXIII Catholic Seminary, Saint Carlos Seminary, Catholic University "Minuto de Dios,” and Maria La Antigua University. In addition to teaching, he has served as director of several community service projects related to displaced families from violence, at-risk children, and an AIDs community center. 

Father Pérez holds a Doctor of Philosophy in education with emphases in Latin American colonial history and the Jesuit educational system in Colombia during the 18th and 19th centuries. 

Ms. Zabala has served in the Presbyterian Church for over 39 years, while also being an active participant in local projects in Barranquilla. She has been a moderator for the North Coast Presbytery, president of the Colegio Americano School Board (Barranquilla), and a member of the Synod of Colombia Council. 

She has been a church representative locally, nationally, and internationally in Taiwan, the United States, England, Cuba, and Peru, among others. Her lectures have taken her across the globe discussing topics including violence, education, missions, and rereading the Bible from a feminine perspective. 

Ms. Zabala currently serves as an administrative director at the Presbyterian Ministry comprised of Colegio Nazareth Olaya, the 7th Presbyterian Church, and the Bethesda Community Center, as well as the president of Agape International Opportunity, a world-renowned organization that sponsors low-income families in Colombia. 

Dr. Pérez and Ms. Zabala will present in Spanish, but an English translation will be provided. 

The lecture is free, non-ticketed, and open to the public. 

For more information about the lecture or other presentations, contact Steffanell at asteffanell@leeuniversity.edu.
 

Gina Zabala
Gina Zabala


Nate Dimond Is A Fan Of Community College

After 10 years of working at a job and feeling like it wasn’t going anywhere, Nate Dimond needed a change. It was only after speaking with Dr. Tim Wilson, Cleveland State’s Technology Department Chair, that he decided to enroll in CSCC’s Mechatronics program. “I told Tim I was unhappy with my current situation, and I was so frustrated at the time,” said Mr. Dimond. “I had ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Preparatory School Invites 300 Men To Welcome Inaugural Class

In 2016 local couple, Ted and Kelly Alling, decided to make a lasting impact on Chattanooga by extending diverse academic opportunities to the underserved young men of the city’s urban core. The idea came to them after they toured Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy and thought how incredible it would be if boys and their families had a similar school. The ... (click for more)

Chancellor Fleenor Sets Aug. 6 Hearing In Democratic Suit To Keep Robin Smith Off The Ballot; Ms. Smith Was Former Campaign Advisor To Judge

Hamilton County Chancellor Pam McNutt Fleenor has set a hearing for Aug. 6 at 1:30 p.m. on a lawsuit brought by the Tennessee Democratic Party seeking to keep former state GOP Chairman Robin Smith off the ballot. Ms. Smith was a campaign advisor for Ms. McNutt Fleenor when she ran for judge in 2014. Her Rivers Edge Alliance was paid $13,546.86 by the McNutt Fleenor campaign, ... (click for more)

Police Say One Gang Member Shot Another After Both Just Left Gang Meeting At Mayor's Office

Police said one gang member shot another after both had just left a meeting at the mayor's office aimed at quelling gang violence. Kevin Dewayne Bush was arrested for shooting Keyshawn Kidd on May 29. Bush, 20, of 17th Street, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a firearm. Police said Kidd was returning to his ... (click for more)

Not My University: Why I’m Not Okay With Mike Pence Coming To Lee University - And Response (2)

As a student of Lee University, who is well-aware of the Lee administration’s more conservative stance in politics, I am upset about Mike Pence visiting the university and being welcomed on our campus. Although I respect that Pence is in a position of authority as our nation’s Vice President, and that he likewise deserves the right to hold his own opinions in regards to the issues ... (click for more)

Employee Who Stole From East Ridge Should Be Prosecuted

Why has the East Ridge employee who was fired for theft not been charged with theft?    City Manager Scott Miller made the statement that the employee had problems and that the stolen items were returned.  What does that have to do with the employee stealing ?   He has had a history of abuse of city resources. Why is he not being prosecuted? ... (click for more)