2017 Gration Lecture

Mission as Truth-Telling and Truth-Living

When the media waves are cluttered with claims and counter-claims of "false news," the call of God's people is to live truthfully into the Good News of the Community-of-Love. This witness is at the heart of Christian mission in the world today.

Ruth DeBorst PadillaRuth Padilla DeBorst, Ph.D. is wife of one and mother of many, theologian, missiologist, educator, and story-teller, she has been involved in leadership development and theological education for integral mission in her native Latin America for several decades. With her husband, James, she leads the Comunidad de Estudios Teológicos Interdisciplinarios (CETI – www.ceticontinental.org), a learning community with Master’s and Certificate level programs across Latin America. She coordinates the Networking Team of INFEMIT (International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation –www.infemit.org), collaborates with Resonate Global Mission, and serves on the board of Arocha and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. She and James live in Costa Rica along with fellowmembers of the Casa Adobe intentional Christian community (www.casaadobe.org). Her studies include a Bachelors in Education (Argentina), an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Wheaton College), and a PhD in Theology (Boston University).