Multiethnic Symposium

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.

Keynote Speaker

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.

Plenary Speaker

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.

Silver Sponsors

The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

Lutheran Hour Ministries

Concordia Plan Services

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