Katharina von Bora in Brazil
Katharina von Bora was an empowered, strong, determined, daring woman of the Lutheran Reformation. She broke with the feminine standards of her time, breaking paradigms. This active way of being a woman is invisible in the history of the church. The Reformation would not have happened without the presence, witness, and active participation of women.
On 2017, Faculdades EST (in Sao Leopoldo, Brazil) and its Gender and Religion Program created a Memorial to Women in the Reformation, Yesterday and Today. They worked on resource mobilization, with the support of groups of women from Brazil and abroad.
The Katharina von Bora Sculpture Memorial is the only one in Latin America created to honor the women of the Reformation. It calls on churches, teaching and research institutions and society in general to recognize the contribution of women in all spheres of activity. It also encourages all women to fight for human rights, especially women's rights.
Katharina von Bora was one of many women who marked the movement of the Reformation of the sixteenth century.
The Faculdades EST Program in Gender and Religion contributes to review the history of the Reformation movement from the women efforts and participation.
Women in the Reformation were much more than wives and mothers.
They were active, moving women by changes in their historical time.
On February 20 and 21, 2019, Director of Global Mission, Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla, and the regional representative Gustavo Driau, visited Faculdades EST (EST College); a very well-known, training center in higher education that, through ethics and the quality of teaching, promotes the transversality of Theology, social sciences and human dignity with a broad and constructive social vision.
Dr. Maria Blasi is Ph.D. in Theology from the Superior School of Theology, Bachelor of Theology from the School of Theology (1997) and a master’s degree from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA / USA (2001). She is currently Professor of Feminist Theology and Co-coordinator of the Gender and Religion Program at EST Colleges in São Leopoldo / RS. She is an Ordained Pastor of the Evangelical Church of Lutheran Confession in Brazil since 1998.
Faculdades EST is located on the Morro do Espelho in São Leopoldo, near Porto Alegre, in a green area where the environmental, historical and cultural patrimony constructed over seven decades ago, are preserved.