Guest Preacher: Professor Lizette Tapia
Prof. Lizette is an ordained deacon of the United Methodist Church. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman; a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, summa cum laude (2005); a Master of Theology through the Southeast Asia Graduate School of Theology (2010), with distinction.
She is doing her Doctoral studies at the Global Institute of Theology, Yonsei University, South Korea.
Lizette is a member of the Association of Women in Theology (AWIT) and the Ecumenical Association of Third-World Theologians.
Lizette teaches courses on theology, ecumenics, and ethics at Union Theological Seminary in Dasmariñas, Cavite. Her scholarship emerges from the spaces where gender, sexuality, land and labor justice intersect and are enfleshed in various forms resistance.
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.”