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The Rev. Ruben Duran

The Rev. Ruben Duran is Director for New Congregational Development for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, based in Chicago, IL.

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The Rev. Ruben Duran

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The Rev. Ruben Duran serves as Director for New Congregational Development in the Evangelical Outreach and Congregational Mission unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, headquartered in Chicago, IL. He is responsible for promoting the development of area strategies, local initiatives and emerging models for the multiplication of new communities of faith in the USA and the Caribbean.

Ruben is a native of Lima, Peru, South America. He was introduced to the Lutheran Church through the work of missionaries. He received a BA in Business Administration from the Escuela Nacional de Turismo, and worked as a Travel Agent prior to coming to the Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle.

He served parishes in the Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles, California areas prior to becoming Associate to the Bishop and Mission Director for the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA.

He has also served as Associate Director for Latino Outreach in the former Division for Congregational Ministries, ELCA and Executive for Congregational Outreach Services in the former Division for Outreach, ELCA prior to his current position.

Ruben is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California


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The Rev. Ruben Duran

Re-programming Life

John 4:5-26

March 10, 1996

The Rev. Ruben Duran (ELCA)

"People who hide the nature of their illness will seldom find the needed cure." So goes a well-known proverb from the country of Ghana in West Africa.

All human beings have something to hide from others: deep seeded fears, unsolved issues, long standing pains and open wounds, weak points and short comings to name only a few. We all have parts of our lives that we won't let anyone see.

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The Rev. Ruben Duran

Life With Purpose

Luke 5:1-11

February 11, 1996

The Rev. Ruben Duran (ELCA)

Sooner or later, everyone deals with the issue of identity and purpose in life. Who am I? What do I live for? Some face these questions head on early in life, others avoid them at all cost, yet, no one can escape them.

There are different ways of defining ourselves and various ways to explain the purpose of our existence. For example: some define themselves in terms of their vocation or profession, others use their title; their role in life, status in society or even by the degrees they have earned.

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January 14, 1996

Do I Have a Witness?

The Rev. Ruben Duran (ELCA)

Rev. Ruben Duran reminds us that we are called in our Baptismal covenant to be witnesses to the work of Christ on behalf of all of humanity on every time and place.