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Congregacionalismo: history of Congregationalism in Brazil since 1855

[]A while ago, we received a comment on our Facebook page from Pastor Joelson Gomes* containing a link to his blog, Congregacionalismo. Pastor Gomes provides a wealth of information about the history of Congregationalism in the Americas, and Brazil in particular. I don't read or speak Portuguese, but with a little help from Google Translate it quickly became clear that his work is thorough and thoughtful. Much like this blog, he shares articles on Congregational history, biographical sketches of historical figures, and reviews of publications.

Because so much of Central and South America was conquered by Spanish and Portuguese explorers in the 1500s, I tend to think of those regions as being primarily Roman Catholic (which they still are today). But they were also heavily influenced by 19th- and 20th-century Protestant missionaries, including Scottish Presbyterian evangelist and physician Robert Reid Kalley, and a number of German Congregationalists who emigrated to South America by way of Russia.

If you're interested in any of the topics mentioned above, Congregacionalismo is well worth a look.



* Joelson Gomes is an ordained Congregational minister, a member of the Congregational Alliance of Brazil, and an instructor at the Seminário Teológico Evangélico Congregacional (STEC) in João Pessoa.


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