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2018 Presler Lecture on Justice and Mission
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

11:30 a.m. - Caldwell Chapel
Buffet Lunch
12:00 p.m. - Winn Center Cafeteria
Panel Discussion with Drs. Yacob Godebo and Sherron George
12:30 p.m. - Winn Center Cafeteria
Dialogue and Discussion with Presenters
1:00 p.m. - Winn Center Cafeteria

Louisville Seminary
1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, Kentucky, 40205

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

2018 Presler Lecturers

Yacob Godebo

Yacob Godebo

Rev. Dr. Yacob Godebo is Dean of Theology at Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa, Ethopia. His research focuses on the impact of the charismatic movement and related tensions on the traditional Lutheran worship of the South Central Synod of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church. Godebo received his Bachelor of Theology degree at at Mekane Yesus Seminary and his Master of Theology in Applied Theology degree at University College, Chester, UK. He is currently serving as a faculty-in-residence at Louisville Seminary.

Sherron George

Sherron George

Dr. Sherron George lives in Brazil, where she has served as a professor since 1972, except for a five-year interlude as professor of mission and evangelism at Austin (Texas) Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She retired from mission service with the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2011. She is the author of Better Together: The Future of Presbyterian Mission  (Geneva Press, 2010) and contributed to Bíblia Missionária de Estudo (Brazilian Bible Society, 2014).

The Henry H. and Marion A. Presler Lectureship

The Henry H. and Marion A. Presler Lectureship was established to honor the couple’s missionary service and to inspire the Louisville Seminary community and its wider Continuing Education community about issues of global mission and the role of American denominations in their historical and present witness to mission. The topics of the lectures vary, but the overall theme is Jesus Christ’s commission to the church in Matthew 28:19-20, to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you."

Dr. Henry Presler studied for two years at Louisville Seminary and then transferred to Boston University School of Theology. In his later years, he remembered his formative time at Louisville Seminary and left a bequest for this lectureship. Lecturers have included Dr. Dana L. Robert, leading historian of Christian mission at Boston University School of Theology; Carlos Cardoi-Orlandi, associate professor of world Christianity, Columbia Theological Seminary; Alice Winter, missionary and professor at the Reformed University of Colombia, South America; Frances S. Adeney, William A. Benfield Jr. Professor of Evangelism & Global Mission at Louisville Seminary; and Canon Titus Presler, an Episcopal missiologist, writer, and consultant.

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