Announcing the 5th Annual University of Chicago Divinity School Ministry Conference
Call for Graduate Student Papers
"From the Ends of the Earth: Christianity and the 21st Century"
Conference Date: May 1 & 2
Conference Place: University of Chicago Divinity School
Keynote Speakers: Kwok Pui Lan, William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School
William Dyrness, professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary
Betta Mengistu, President of International Bible Society Africa for 25yrs
This conference will feature an all-student panel on Saturday. Student presentations will be fifteen minutes each, and Q & A will follow the presentations. This is an exciting opportunity for graduate students to reflect on ministry in an academic/seminary setting and to interact with recognized scholars and church leaders on issues of Christianity, globalization, localization, contextualization and ministry.
We are interested in papers in the following four areas:
1. The Bible and Spirit in 21st Century Christianity
2. How Christianity affects and is affected by globalizing political and economic forces
3. "Authentic," "original," "local" or "indigenous" Christian expression and theology
4. How do/ought forms of Christian belief and practice around the world influence and affect one another? How is local belief and practice in the U.S. affected by other Christian belief and practice around the world? How should it be?
Abstract and CV due: March 1
Paper due for distribution: April 20
Please email CVs and a 300 word abstract of your paper to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Some bibliographic info would be helpful but is not required.)
Christianity is no longer a religion dominated by the West. It is estimated that by 2050, at least four-fifths of the world's then three billion Christians will be of non-European descent. The implications of such statistics call for focused attention in the 21st century. With this conference we hope to address issues that arise from contemporary transformations in Christianity. How is the co-incidence of the post-colony with the failures of nationalism influencing new forms of Christian leadership? How, in turn, do developing practices of Christian organization demand and resist new approaches to cooperation and unity? Finally, how do these things influence and even produce new self-understandings for Christians in America?
While building on important efforts of social scientists and missiologists, the 5th Annual Ministry Conference of the University of Chicago Divinity School will approach these topics with specifically ministerial and ecclesiological lenses. This conference seeks (1) to help deepen understanding of certain realities and potential futures of being Christian around the world for ministers, students and lay-persons as well as professional academics and (2) to equip the same with resources for engaging the issues of the conference further.
Featuring speakers from a broad ideological and geographical spectrum, please join us for this engaging and provocative two-day event!
University of Chicago Divinity School
Ministry Conference Team