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Clifton Kirkpatrick part of public symposium on change in American Protestant Missions

by Louisville Seminary | Sep 07, 2010
The Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College (ISAE) will hold a missions symposium on the campus of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Friday, September 10. The event, which will address the increasing diversity of American Protestantism and the changing contours of the mission field, is one in a series of three fall symposia being offered free of charge to the public at regional seminary campuses as part of a larger missions project funded by Lilly Endowment.

These lectures and discussions, under the theme of “A Century of Change in American Protestant Missions,” are exploring the questions, “To what degree does America continue to have an influence on the shaping of global Christianity? How does the presence of large groups of non-Western students interacting with American faculty influence discourse on missions in seminaries and congregations, mainline and evangelical?”

Dr. Clifton Kirkpatrick, visiting professor of Ecumenical Studies and Global Ministries at Louisville Seminary, who also served as the past president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and was Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) from 1996 to 2008, has been invited by ISAE to speak on his experience of the Edinburgh Missionary Conference 2010, held in June. The international conference commemorated the centennial anniversary of the landmark Edinburgh Missionary Conference of 1910 by seeking a more collaborative and global approach to Christian witness among the world’s churches.

Kirkpatrick will join three other speakers:

Independent scholar Peter Bush will present, The Changing Shape of the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s Mission among the Native Peoples of Canada

Douglas Abrams of Bob Jones University will speak on Modernist Visions of Missionaries in Novels and Films in the Interwar Period

Janel Bakker from Emory University will present, Relationships Between Protestant Churches in the Global South and North America

The symposium will be held at Louisville Seminary’s Hundley Hall in Gardencourt and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A detailed schedule is available on the Wheaton College (ISAE) website: Schedule (Louisville Seminary)

Subsequent events will be held September 17 in New York City, in cooperation with New York Theological Seminary and Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary, and October 22 in Chicago in cooperation with the University of Chicago Divinity School.

The institute for the Study of American Evangelicals was founded in 1982 by evangelical historians and Wheaton College alums Mark A. Noll (’68), American religion scholar and professor at Notre Dame, and Nathan O. Hatch (’68), president of Wake Forest University. Over the years, the institute has received support from Lilly Endowment Inc., The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Luce foundation, as well as gifts from individual donors. The work of the institute has resulted in more than thirty published books and volumes.

Learn more about ISAE: http://isae.wheaton.edu/

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