Instituto Universitario Evangélico ISEDET
Buenos Aires, Argentina
University description (as per official university website)
Why choose ISEDET?
• Because we enjoy a healthy climate of pluralism, dialogue and mutual learning between people of different religious traditions.
• Because the faculty and students are present most Christian denominations.
• For their own church tradition is valued and welcomed as a contribution to the richness of the theology of the universal Church.
• Because it will build a modern curriculum, which includes all areas of theology and social sciences related to the mission of the church.
• Because explore an ethical, doctrinal and missionary meet the challenges of the contemporary world
• Because you will have access to one of the largest libraries of theology and social sciences in Latin America
The offers ISEDET
• A solid theological training in connection with the work of the Church.
• An international community of students and teachers.
• Register as a vocational student in loose materials of their choice without pursue a career.
• A spacious, comfortable and enjoyable to study in the context of an international ecumenical community.
• A place where you can attend conferences, meetings, consultations to discuss the issues that most challenge to the Church and believers.
ISEDET The Institute is a house of higher learning.
It is a space dedicated to ecumenical theological education and training for Christian ministry in the Church and the world. The church sponsors the Institute ISEDET representing nearly all mainline Protestant church in Latin America. They are linked in various ways with the Lutheran and Reformed wing of the Reformation of the sixteenth century and have come to the mainland by way of missionary efforts or the various waves of European immigration. In our classrooms is brewing a fruitful dialogue with traditions and religious contributions. The presence of teachers and students of different religious families allow a unique enrichment. In this sense the community ISEDET Institute provides a single point of contact between the participants as well as church with brothers from other church traditions.
A little of our history ...
On July 20, 1969, eight Protestant and evangelical churches in the area of the Rio de la Plata decided to unify the Evangelical School of Theology and the Lutheran School of Theology in a single entity with the name of Evangelical Institute for Theological Studies.
The origins of the Evangelical Theological Faculty dates back to 1884, when Uruguay, in the town of Colonia Waldensian Waldensian and Methodist communities of that country began meetings to prepare their national pastors. Some years later, due to growth, this work was transferred to Buenos Aires. In 1917 the School joined the Church of the Disciples of Christ. Thirty years later it became the Presbyterian Church. The Faculty of Theology was born and raised as an interdenominational institution, gradually taking also the needs of other churches, such as the Reformed, Anglican and several free churches.
The influence and the ecumenical contributions of this institution are recognized worldwide. Among its faculty and alumni are many Protestant leaders played an important role in the birth of the ecumenical movement in Latin America. The same goes for the initiation and development of Protestant theological literature in Castilian. His magazine was a pioneer Theological Papers in the evolution of Christian thought in our continent.
The Lutheran School of Theology was born by decision of the second Latin American Lutheran Congress held in 1954, and began work in José C. Paz, a suburb of Buenos Aires in 1955. His goal was the preparation of pastors for the churches of the Lutheran tradition of immigrant origin and mission. Seeing the needs of their churches from the beginning, emphasized the importance of a multilingual ministry. Participated in all efforts to unify continental Lutheran and reflected on the specific tasks within this continent.
In 1997 he joined the original eight churches of the Lutheran Church ISEDET Dano-Argentina, whose origin in our country is linked to the Danish immigration. Today the churches that constitute the ISEDET Institute are:
Anglican Church (Diocese Argentina)
Disciples of Christ Evangelical Church
Evangelical Church of the Rio de la Plata
United Evangelical Lutheran Church
Dano-Argentina Lutheran Church
Evangelical Methodist Church Argentina
Waldensian Evangelical Church
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Reformed Churches in Argentina
In 2001 the Faculty who formed the leadership of these churches and others was recognized by the Ministry of Education as a University Institute. Decree 1340 of Executive reads "... that the National Assessment and Accreditation ... recommends granting interim authority to operate the Institute ISEDET highlighting the important tradition of the Association with the development of academic, religious and social-oriented training of teachers and pastors for over one hundred and twenty years through its predecessor institutions ... "
From this moment, the titles of the University Institute ISEDET have official recognition, which has opened new doors of contact with universities both at home and abroad.
The Institute aims ISEDET theological education, practical training and research for the preparation of college-level people who devote themselves to the work of the Christian Church.
To do this ...
ISEDET aims to be a place open to creativity, critical reflection and research, and new forms of theological thinking, so as to meet the needs of our time and of Latin America where he has been given to contribute to proclaim the Gospel .
In their classrooms seeks to serve the universal Church and society and are trained to follow Jesus Christ authentic. This theological education is characterized as ecumenical, evangelical identity and his search for contextuality, and feels committed to the need for continuous renewal of the Church and reflection on it.