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, theologians and others from across The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and beyond to explore what it will take to become a truly multiethnic church that embodies more fully a catholic, universal, global identity, especially in the United States.
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: Dr. Philip Jenkins, world-renowned author, speaker and distinguished professor from Baylor University, Waco, Texas
15th Annual Lecture in Hispanic/Latino Theology and Missions: Dr. Marcell Silva Steuernagel, director of the Master of Sacred Music degree program at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, Texas
Homilist: Rev. Terrence Chan, Pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church, Grace Lutheran Church and Christ for All Nations Lutheran Church, San Francisco, Calif.
Plenary speaker: Dr. Vince Bantu, assistant professor of Church History and Black Church Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.
Plenary speaker: Dr. Samuel Deressa, assistant professor of Theology and the Global South at Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn., and Bible Institute director at LINC Twin Cities in St. Paul, Minn.
Additionally, sectional speakers from throughout the LCMS and beyond will share their insights on multicultural ministry.
Registration (beginning soon)
Cost: $50 per person (includes Tuesday lunch and dinner, and Wednesday breakfast and lunch)
Deadline: April 6, 2020
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