Public Lectures & Mission Research Colloquia

Spring 2015

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).”

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Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

Held at OMSC Great Commission Hall

True Spirituality: Insights on America’s Greatest Theologian

The life and works of Jonathan Edwards

Theologian-philosopher-preacher JONATHAN EDWARDS (1703–58) has been called a “resource for doing authentic and effective Christian ministry within the context of contemporary Western secularism,” as well as an “intellectual giant, a philosophical genius, and a theological Mozart.” A principal figure in America’s first Great Awakening revival, he studied and taught at Yale, preached his best known sermon in Enfield (Connecticut), and labored as the colonial Congregational preacher at a church in Northampton (Massachusetts). To learn more about Edwards before attending the public lecture, go online to: http://edwards.yale.edu.

The lecturers are:

JON HINKSON, a senior research fellow at the Rivendell Institute, New Haven, has been renewing “the presence of thoughtful Christian faith in academic discourse and university life” of Yale University for more than twenty-five years. The son of itinerant missionaries, he grew up in several countries, mostly in Europe—Vienna, Austria, being his home a majority of the pre-university years. At the Rivendell Institute his writing, research, and teaching centers on contextualizing Christian faith and practice within the contemporary academy. In his capacity as a Rivendell’s director of spiritual formation and as a popular conference speaker, Jon provides guidance for graduate students, faculty, and others who, as believers within the academy, find their lives in need of “a healthy integration of vibrant faith and vigorous scholarship.”

KAMIL HAŁAMBIEC, an OMSC resident, is pastor of a sixty-member church and director of Christian Mission Pentekoste, Leszno, Poland. The center plants churches, manages a Bible school, publishes literature, holds conferences, and provides various other resources for Polish pastors. In cooperation with the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale (http://edwards.yale.edu), Kamil is researching Edwards’s views on religious experience and “the fundamentalist-modernist controversy in America up to the twentieth century.” A pastor’s son, he also teaches pastoral theology, missiology, history of revivals, and world cultures at the College of Theology and Sociology in Warsaw (http://wst.edu.pl). A Warsaw Theological Seminary graduate, he is completing two Ph.D. degrees, from Uniwersytet Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiego (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw) and from Chrześcijańska Akademia Teologiczna (The Christian Theological Academy in Warsaw).

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