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The Ninth Annual Edwards-Presler Lectures

November 13, 2014 | 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Presler Lecture | 11:30 a.m. | Caldwell Chapel, Louisville Seminary
Doors to Dialogue and Mission: Openings Afforded by the Holy Spirit in a World of Many Faiths
Dr. Amos Yong,
Director of the Center for Missiological Research and Professor of Theology and Mission, Fuller Theological Seminary
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Edwards Lecture | 7:00 p.m. | Caldwell Chapel, Louisville Seminary
A Just Peace Approach to Ending the Global War on Women
Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite,
Professor of Theology, Chicago Theological Seminary

These lectures are free and open to the public.

About the Edwards-Presler lectures:

The Edwards Peacemaking Lectureship honors Dr. George Edwards and his wife, Jean. Dr. Edwards, who died in 2010, served the Seminary for 27 years as Professor of New Testament. Together, the Edwards shared a ministry that was active in Christian efforts for peace and social justice.

The Henry H. and Marion A. Presler Lectureship was established in 2006 to honor the lifetime missionary service of the Presler couple and to inspire the community about issues of global mission and the role of American denominations in their historical and present witness in mission.


Amos Yong
Dr. Amos Yong is Director of the Center for Missiological Research (CMR) and Professor of Theology and Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies. Yong came to Fuller Seminary in July 2014 from Regent University School of Divinity, where he taught for nine years, serving most recently as J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology and Dean. Prior to that, he was on the faculty at Bethel University in St. Paul, Bethany College of the Assemblies of God, and served as a pastor and worked in social and health services in Vancouver, Washington.
     Yong’s scholarship has been foundational in Pentecostal theology, interacting with both traditional theological traditions and contemporary contextual theologies—dealing with such themes as the theologies of Christian-Buddhist dialogue, theology of disability, theology of hospitality, political theology, theological method, and theology of the mission of God.
     He has authored or edited more than 30 volumes. Among the most recent are The Future of Evangelical Theology: Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora (IVP Academic, 2014) and Renewing Christian Theology: Systematics for a Global Christianity, with Jonathan A. Anderson (Baylor University Press, 2014). Yong has published more than 175 academic articles and chapters in books and 17 separate monographs, with three new books coming out in the next year.
     He holds a Ph.D. from Boston University, two master’s degrees - from Western Evangelical Seminary and Portland State University - and a bachelor’s degree from Bethany University in Scotts Valley, California. 

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
The Reverend Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Ph.D., is Professor of Theology at the Chicago Theological Seminary, where she served as its 11th President from 1998 to 2008. Prior to serving as president, she was a Professor of Theology at Chicago Seminary for 20 years and director of the seminary’s Ph.D. Center for five years.
     An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ since 1974, Thistlethwaite is the author or editor of 12 books, including two different translations of the Bible. Her current book project (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan in early 2015) is Women’s Bodies as Battlefield: Christian Theology and the Global War on Women. Her most recently published book is #OccupytheBible: What Jesus Really Said (and Did) About Money and Power (Wipf and Stock, 2014). She is the editor and a contributing author of the recently published Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), a multi-author volume with 30 contributors and advisors, 10 from each of the Abrahamic faiths. In 2010, she published Dreaming of Eden: American Religion and Politics in a Wired World (Palgrave Macmillan).
     Thistlethwaite has become widely known as a blogger on religion in the public forum, most notably through her columns in The Huffington Post and in the “On Faith” section of The Washington Post.
     Since 2007, Thistlethwaite has served as a trustee of the Interfaith Youth Core, which was founded by Eboo Patel. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Center for American Progress and is a Center for American Progress Research Fellow.
     She has a Ph.D. from Duke University, a Master of Divinity degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Duke Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College.

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