» The Future of Christianity Conference (2003)

The Future of Christianity: Emerging Trends in the Twenty-First Century

Note: This page represents and archive of the 2003 conference materials.

September 19-20, 2003
Manresa Center of Saint Louis University

What lies ahead for twenty-first century Christians? What sort of relationships will they have with one another? Will they preserve their current identities as members of separate - and often competing - groups? Or will they be able to preserve their traditions and yet establish vital links with those outside their respective groups?

These questions will be the focus of a two-day conference featuring four outstanding scholars with specialized knowledge of African Christianity, Roman Catholic missions, Japanese Christianity, and Latino religions in the United States.

Christian leaders and laypeople from the St. Louis region are urged to participate in this gathering, which is intended as a step toward the establishment of the Institute for World Christianity (IWC) an international center for Christian community and scholarship in the city of St. Louis.

Conference Audio

Friday, Sept. 19

Saturday, Sept. 20

Conference Speakers

ANGELYN DRIES holds the Danforth Chair in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. She is a Franciscan sister, was Chair of the Theology Department at Cardinal Stritch University, and served among Korean- American Catholics in Milwaukee for ten years. She is the author of a major work on U. S. Roman Catholic missions, The Missionary Movement in American Catholic History (1998), and is coeditor of Prayer and Practice in the American Catholic Community (2000).

GASTÓN ESPINOSA is the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow at Northwestern University. He holds masters degrees from Princeton Seminary and Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has held appointments at Westmont College, the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dartmouth College, and Northwestern University. Espinosa is the author, co-editor, or co-author of Latino Religions and Social Activism in the United States (2004), Latino Religions and Politics in American Public Life (2005), and Brown Moses: Francisco Olazábal and Latino Pentecostal Charisma, Power, and Faith-Healing in the Borderlands (2005). He recently completed the $1.3 million Hispanic Churches and American Public Life research project on Latino religions and politics (www.hcapl.org). The Generations Center of Princeton named him one of the nation's outstanding one hundred men of color.

NELSON JENNINGS is Associate Professor of World Mission at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. He was educated at Vanderbilt University and Covenant Seminary, and received his Ph.D. from Edinburgh University in Christianity in the Non-Western World. He has published many articles and co-wrote (with Hisakazu Inagaki) Philosophical Theology in East-West Dialogue (2000). An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), he has a decade of experience as a missionary in Japan.

MICHAEL MCCLYMOND holds the Steber Chair in Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. He was educated at Northwestern University, Yale University, and the University of Chicago, and previously held appointments at Wheaton College, Westmont College, University of California  San Diego, and Emory University. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of Encounters With God: An Approach to the Theology of Jonathan Edwards (1998), The Rivers of Paradise: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, and Muhammad as Religious Founders (2001), Embodying the Spirit: New Perspectives on North American Revivalism (2004), Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth (2004), Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America (2005), and (with Lamin Sanneh) Blackwell Companion to World Christianity (2005).

LAMIN SANNEH is the D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity and Professor of History at Yale University. He is author of over one hundred articles and more than ten books, including Translating the Message: The Missionary Impact on Culture (1989), Encountering the West: Christianity and the Global Cultural Process (1993), Piety and Power: Muslims and Christians in West Africa (1996), and Abolitionists Abroad: American Blacks and the Making of Modern West Africa (2000). He lectures throughout the world, and in honor of his achievements, he was made Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Lion - Senegal's highest national honor. Sanneh began his life as a Muslim, and today is a Roman Catholic layman.

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