Gettysburg Seminary is pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. Paul Déouyo will be the speaker for the 2014 Norma Schweitzer Wood Lecture in the Church of the Abiding Presence at 10:15am on Tuesday, September 16.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Déouyo teaches at the Lutheran Theological Institute in Meiganga, Cameroon. His lecture is titled “When a Church Finds Itself Entangled within a Secular Leadership and Becomes Powerless and Voiceless: the Challenge of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cameroon within the Mayo-Rey Division in the Northern Cameroon.”
He aims to present the delicate role of the Evangelical Lutheran Church within a Cameroonian society, and singularly in the Mayo-Rey division context. “The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cameroon is continuously facing a kind of dilemma in the Mayo-Rey division while exercising its ministry,” explains Déouyo. The Church has to maintain a good relationship with the traditional ruler, who is very powerful, in order to exercise its ministry. On the other hand, the Church sometimes witnesses injustices and sufferings of its members perpetrated by that same traditional ruler, who is cruel; but it feels powerless to advocate on behalf of that population.
The Norma Schweitzer Wood lecture is an occasional offering of Gettysburg Seminary, in honor of the Dean Emerita, on topics exploring social justice.
Déouyo’s M.Phil. is from the School of Mission and Theology in Stavanger, Norway. His Ph.D. is from University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. During his doctoral studies he was an ELCA International Scholarship recipient. Déouyo was ordained in 1996.