Shame and Honor: Gospel Proclamation in the Majority World
April 25-26, 2019
In today’s globalized world, Christians have an ever-increasing opportunity to share the Gospel among the nations, either abroad or here at home. While the Gospel does not change, how it is perceived through the lens of culture can affect understanding.
Concordia Seminary’s 2019 Multiethnic Symposium seeks to raise the awareness that many people that the Church is trying to reach with the Gospel come from an honor-shame culture, even here in North America. Unlike the individualism of most westerners, an honor-shame culture stresses the well-being and value of the group. Honor-shame culture is prevalent among those from a non-western world, or the “majority world.” Even young adults in America who value authenticity and connection are becoming more shame-based.
So what does this mean for sharing the Gospel? How can we reach a diverse population right here in North America? In this symposium, discover how the Gospel is a powerful witness for people from an honor-shame cultural point of view.
2019 Multiethnic Symposium
Featuring stimulating keynote and plenary presentations, a Festival of Nations and a celebratory worship with Holy Communion.
Rev. Dr. Abjar Y. Bahkou
Our keynote speaker is Dr. Abjar Bahkou, associate professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. With his tremendous academic background, his experience as a former monk in the Syrian Eastern Orthodox Church and his understanding of Islamic cultural context, he will bring remarkable personal and global insights to practical approach to ministering in cultures that are dominated by honor-shame.
Worship Service Preacher
Rev. Warren Lattimore
Rev. Warren Lattimore will preach in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus during a time of celebratory worship with Holy Communion. Lattimore is the president of the LCMS Black Clergy Caucus and serves as pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Orleans, La.
Rev. Dr. Don Wiley
Following the keynote, Rev. Dr. Don Wiley will speak on the confessions in the context of honor-shame. Wiley is the assistant professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions and assistant director, Spanish-Speaking Church Worker Formation at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Dr. Carlos Raúl Sosa Siliezar presents
“The Universal Significance of Jesus in the Gospel of John”
El valor universal de Jesús según el Evangelio de Juan
1:15 p.m., Thursday, April 25
Lecture, response and discussion
Wyneken Hall, Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
A careful reading of this Gospel in its final form and with attention to its first century Jewish context demonstrates that John presents Jesus as a figure of universal significance portrayed as the rightful owner of creation who brings enlightenment to a humanity dominated by darkness. His all-encompassing mission is continued by the Spirit, who models through the disciples the reality of a different world until the final cosmic conquest of the world is realized. This proposed reading of the Gospel of John has potential implications for the mission of the church in contemporary Hispanic and Latino contexts.
The lecture, sponsored by the Seminary's Center for Hispanic Studies, is free and open to the public.
Additional Continuing Education Opportunities
Faith and Writing Workshop
Concordia Seminary’s “Faith and Writing” workshop explores various forms of creative writing — starting a blog, creating a sermon or devotion, “traditional” forms of creative writing (story, nonfiction, drama, poetry) — and everything in between.
Lay Bible Institute
Calling lay people, students involved in homiletical education, pastors and others interested in the proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world: the Lay Bible Institute is for you!
The Pre-Lenten Workshop includes sermon manuscripts, textual notes, orders of service for midweek services and also suggestions for the Sundays of Lent to help pastors in developing their own worship resources.
Summer Workshop Series
Hosted by congregations across the country May through August, and led by Seminary faculty, these workshops offer an opportunity to delve deeply into topics ranging from the teachings of Martin Luther to pastoral tools, such as preaching, responding to conflict and teaching confirmation.
Parish pastors, LCMS district and Synod officials, Seminary and Concordia University students and faculty, and interested laypersons attend each year to delve into some of the most pressing issues of our time. One CEU is available for attending the Symposium.