Public Lectures & Mission Research Colloquia

Spring 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.

Held at Trinity Baptist Church
630 State Street, New Haven
[map to the church]


Dr. Tite Tiénou

Ethnicities and Christian Mission: Friends or Foes?

Dr. Tiénou is co-provost, senior vice president of education, and dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. A noted missiologist and author, he holds Trinity’s Tite Tiénou Chair of Mission and Global Theology. Additionally, he is an OMSC Board of Trustees member and International Bulletin of Missionary Research contributing editor. The Tuesday evening lecture will be held at and is cosponsored by Trinity Baptist Church, New Haven. The public event will be the second part of a weeklong seminar at OMSC on the topic “Ethnicity as Gift and Barrier: Human Identity and Christian Mission,” during which Dr. Tiénou will work from first-hand experience in Africa to identify the “tribal” issues faced by the global church in mission.

Previously, he was president and dean of Faculté de Théologie Evangélique de l’Alliance Chrétienne in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and a professor at Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, New York. An active participant in numerous conferences and lectureships, he is author of numerous publications including The Theological Task of the Church in Africa (1990), which was published in English and French. He has also been chairman and chairman emeritus for the International Council of Accrediting Agencies from 1989 to 1992 and was a member of the International Advisory Council for Lausanne II in Manila from 1986 to 1989.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
Held at OMSC Great Commission Hall

Dr. Dicky Sofjan

Democratization of Truth: Religious Diversity and the Politics of
Multiculturalism in Indonesia

When Indonesia underwent reformasi (1997–98), there was a high tide of expectation about the future of the world’s largest Muslim country. Like many other societies in the world, the Indonesian society cannot be separated from religion. “The question,” which will be raised by Dr. Sofjan, a core doctoral faculty member of the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies, Yogyakarta, “was whether or not Islam would be compatible with the newfound system of democracy or whether the drudgery of political representation in an extreme multiparty system would necessarily drown the heated, yet essential, debate about the nature of religion in society and its proper role and place in the modern nation-state.”

Democracy, he adds, can “pave the way to build a freethinking society based on the common assumption that ‘many roads lead to Rome’. Despite more than fifteen years of deepening democracy, the holding of free and fair elections around the country, as well as the reformation of various laws and regulations pertaining to state and society, religion remains problematic.”

Dr. Sofjan is also the principal investigator for a nine-country collaborative research program entitled “Religion, Public Policy, and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia (2013–2016).”




OMSC online learning

Some previous lectures and other resources are available online in the OMSC Audio Library. Listen to a selection of mission lectures online.