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What Are We Here For? Coworkers with God!

Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Jeannette Zaragoza De León

January 17, 2021

Guest Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Jeanette Zaragoza De León is a Latinx woman holding Ministerial Authorization Born and raised in Puerto Rico Jeanette Zaragoza is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ (UCC). She earned a bachelor’s degree from Lesley College in early childhood education and obtained an M. Div. from Pacific School of Religion which included studies at the Seminario Bíblico Latinoamericano in San José Costa Rica the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico and the University of Jerusalem. In December 2011 she graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with an M. A. in Translation. Her graduation thesis title was “From this Side of the Horizon: Feminist Biblical Hermeneutics” (a translation of “Capítulo 16: Análisis feminista,” in Para que comprendiesen las Escrituras: Introducción a los Métodos Exegéticos, by Ediberto López-Rodríguez-Rodríguez). In 2016 Jeanette completed all requirements for a Masters in Research in Translation and Interpretation Studies from Universitat Jaume I (UJI) Castellón de la Plana in Spain the title of her thesis “The Search for a Mendi-court Interpreter in The Amistad Case in order to Challenge the Institution of Slavery.” On November 2018 she earned a PhD from said university. Her doctoral thesis received a cum laude entitled "The Critical Translation and Interpreting Stories of the Amistad Case." Rev. Dr. Zaragoza is trained and certified as a professional court medical and conference interpreter. Her ministerial calling involves designing multilingual-multi rhythmic worship experiences towards a decolonizing church that invites worshippers to honor their ethnicity. She has extensive international ecumenical and interfaith experiences.

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