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SU alum launches his 1st book

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Theologian and social advocate Melchor Morales launched his first Christian book Jan. 20 at the SU Udarbe Memory Chapel.

Titled The Dynamics of Christian Leadership Fishing for Men: A Layman’s Ministry, the book contains a collection of sermons, divided into six different themes, that the author had delivered over three decades.

“What I’m trying to provide to our people is a material that would help them become ministers that they are,” said Morales.

He added, “To me, being a pastor or a priest is another calling. Being a minister is what you are called upon to do.”

At 73, Morales has spent his life as a corporate statesman, corporate communicator, YMCA leader, lay preacher, social activist, educator, theologian, and “an evangelical Christian oriented toward the ecumenical movement”.

Morales finished BA in Theology at the SU Divinity School. Years later, he joined forces with Enrique Sobrepeña, a Pastor’s kid, to found the College Insurance Plan, and became its first vice president up to his retirement.

During the book launching, guest speaker and SU President Dr. Ben S. Malayang III cited the unfolding sense of thought and consciousness of what it is to be a Christian. “Christian leadership is an idea that continues to unfold itself.”

Among those who gave remarks about the book are former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos, and former Environment & Natural Resources Secretary Dr. Angel C. Alcala.

According to Alcala: “Mel Morales’ life, as he relates it in the book and as noted by Sen. Jovito R. Salonga in the foreword to the book, has exemplified the life that is dedicated to serving fellow human beings but at the same time giving glory to God.”

Ramos also praised Morales’ work for “it provides exemplary guidelines for worthy living and service”.

After the success of his first book, Morales plans to write another one. “I intend to write my autobiography because the first book is not an autobiography although a picture of my life is there.”

Aside from an autobiography, he revealed there’s also another book that he has outlined, titled, Reforming, Renewing the Church.

Morales donated some copies of his first book to the SU Library, Divinity School, and SU Church. The hard bound copies were given to Dr. Ben S. Malayang III, Dr. Morales’ former teacher, Dr. Proceso U. Udarbe, Prof. Carlos Magtolis Jr., Ian Caballes, Dr. Pablito dela Rama, and Dr. Susan Vista-Suarez.

His book, with a foreword written by Sen. Jovito R. Salonga and edited by Domini M. Torrevillas, was first launched in Manila on Jan.15. Another launching will take place on Jan. 22 in Davao. (Mary Grace Nidoy)

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