Public Lectures & Mission Research Colloquia


Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Held at OMSC, Great Commission Hall
Dr. Siga Arles

An Analysis of Emerging Theology in India

Dr. Siga Arles, director of the Centre for Contemporary Christianity and chairman of the National Association for Theological Accreditation, Bangalore, India, will examine the birth and development of Christian theology in India, giving special attention to the "balance (needed) between ecumenical and evangelical missiologies" and the "promotion of public theology." Dr. Arles, who was raised in the Church of South India in Kolar Gold Fields, a mining town in Karnataka, will also discuss the "emerging challenges" for keeping Christian theology relevant for India’s many contexts. Before starting the Centre for Contemporary Christianity, he was professor of missiology and head of the theology department at Serampore College, director of the Indian Institute of Missiology Research Centre, and founding chair of the India Ministries Fellowship. He is author of Missiological Education: An Indian Exploration (2006) and was editor of the Journal of Asian Evangelical Theology and the Indian Journal of Missiology.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Held at OMSC, Great Commission Hall

Canon Dr. Titus L. Presler

Duty, Witness, and Risk: Dilemmas of a Mission in Peshawar

Since 2011 Canon Dr. Titus L. Presler has been principal of Edwardes College in Peshawar, Pakistan, a church institution where ninety percent of the students and faculty are Muslim. He is currently in exile after a government attempt to seize Edwardes College from the Church of Pakistan resulted in Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agents beating him and threatening death. In this public lecture Dr. Presler will analyze personal and institutional dilemmas of mission in solidarity with a church struggling in a region known for extremism. Previously he was president of Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas, and chair of the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on World Mission. His most recent book is Going Global with God: Reconciling Mission in a World of Difference.

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Friday, November 14, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
Professor Andrew F. Walls, University of Edinburgh, Liverpool Hope University, and Akrofi-Christaller Institute.

Monday, December 1, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Dr. David Shenk, global consultant, Eastern Mennonite Missions.

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