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Title: The Gospel among Indian Protestants in the Highlands of Ecuador
Subtitle: Contextualization and Identity
Author(s): MAY, Roy H. Jr.
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 13 Issue: 2 Date: 2003
The article explores the processes of 'contextualization' and 'inculturation' in the case of the Evangelical Indian Association of Chimborazo (AIECH), and the Indigenous Center for Theological Studies (CIET) that has emerged from within the Association, both located in the central highland province of Chimborazo, Ecuador. After briefly discussing several terms and concepts used in the article, the historical and social context of the region is reviewed, followed by an overview of the history of the church, noting especially dimensions that have contributed toward Indian or Quichua cultural identity. This historical background then is related to contemporary efforts by young Quichua theologians and church leaders, through the CIET, to both inculturate and contextualize the church not only in terms of its teaching but also its mission among the Quichua people, and to articulate it to the dynamic, secular Indian movement that has characterized the province especially since the 1990s. Over all, the case of the AIECH and the CIET illustrates the contextualization of the Gospel in a contemporary and concrete historical situation and the interface of evangelization and secular historical forces.