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Expert on the history of Christianity in India to speak at Louisville Seminary

Feb 01, 2008
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will host world missions scholar Rev. Dr. John C.B. Webster, who will present a lecture, entitled "Christian Worship amidst Social Conflict: A Case Study from India." The lecture will be held free of charge, Thursday, February 7, at 7 p.m. in the Seminary’s Winn Center.

Webster served the Worldwide Ministries Division of the Presbyterian Church (USA) from 1994 through 2001 as a scholar and writer, and he has published widely on the history of Christianity in India. His most recent book, A Social History of Christianity: Northwest India since 1800, was published by Oxford Press in 2007.

He received his degrees from Amherst College (B.A.), Union Theological Seminary (B.D.) in New York, Lucknow University (M.A.), and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.). Following his ordination in the Presbyterian Church in 1960, Webster went to India and served as supply pastor of Lal Bagh Methodist Church in Lucknow while studying at Lucknow University. From 1963 to 1976 he taught history at Baring Union Christian College in Batala, Punjab. He was also Director of the Christian Institute of Sikh Studies through 1976 and then served as Assistant Professor of History of Christianity at United Theological College in Bangalore.

Upon returning to the United States in 1981, Webster was Visiting Professor of Church History and World Mission at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Later, he served as pastor of Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Waterford, Conn., while teaching ecumenics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. In 2004, he served as Moderator of the Presbytery of Southern New England.

Webster is the founder of the Dalit International Newsletter and served as its editor from 1996 through 2006. He is also the author of A History of the Dalit Christians in India (1992), From Role to Identity: Dalit Christian Women in Transition (1997), and Religion and Dalit Liberation (1999).

Earlier on Thursday, Webster will participate in the Convocation service and installation of Carvalhaes as Assistant Professor of Worship and Preaching. See "Cláudio Carvalhaes to be installed as new worship and preaching professor" for more information.

Louisville Seminary is located at 1044 Alta Vista Road. For more information about this lecture, please contact LPTS Professor Claudio Carvalhaes, ccarvalhaes@lpts.edu.

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