Multiethnic Symposium

The Rest and the West: What the West Can Learn From Global South Christianity

May 5-6, 2020

The Seminary’s annual Multiethnic Symposium brings together missional leaders including pastors, congregational leaders and others from across The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and explores what it will take to become a truly multiethnic church.

The 2020 Multiethnic Symposium will address what the Global South can contribute to our thinking about practices such as preaching and teaching, worship and the arts, and evangelism and social engagement.

Factors like unprecedented global migration and increasing birth rates have made the documented growth of Global South Christianity not only a distant reality there but also a present-day reality in the United States. What can the church in the modern West, preoccupied with the rise of cultural realities such as secularism and nihilism, learn from the church in the Global South?

The symposium will gather a group of voices, including prominent scholars and practitioners from the Global South, to reflect on these questions.

Keynote speaker

Dr. Philip Jenkins, world-renowned author, speaker and distinguished professor from Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

Additionally, plenary and sectional speakers from throughout the LCMS will share their insights on multicultural ministry.

The event also will feature the 15th Annual Lecture in Hispanic/Latino Theology and Missions, sponsored by the Seminary's Center for Hispanic Studies. The lecture will be presented by Brazilian Lutheran scholar and composer Dr. Marcell Silva Steuernagel, director of the Master of Sacred Music degree program at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology in Dallas.

Multiethnic Symposium registration is $50 per person and includes Tuesday lunch and dinner, and Wednesday breakfast and lunch. The registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

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