Dr. Stephan Bevans will present the 2008 Scherer Lecture on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. in the Common Room of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago. "From Edinburgh to Edinburgh: Toward a Missiology for a World Church," is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.
Dr. Bevans is the Louis J. Luzbetak Chair, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture at Catholic Theological Union. He is a priest of the Society of the Divine Word and a graduate of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and the University of Notre Dame. With James Scherer, Dr. Bevans co-edited the Orbis Books Series New Directions in Mission and Evangelization. He is the author of Models of Contextual Theology (2002) and, with Roger Schroeder, Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today (2004). Bevans' commentary on Vatican II documents on mission and religious freedom, Evangelization and Freedom, written with Jeffrey Gros, will be released by Paulist Press in fall 2008.
A former director of the Chicago Center for Global Ministries, Dr. Bevans is a member of the Edinburgh 2010 Committee, preparing for the centenary celebration of the 1910 World Missionary Conference at Edinburgh. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America.
The Chicago Center for Global Ministries was formed in 1993 by the Catholic Theological Union (CTU), the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and McCormick Theological Seminary. It is an ecumenical agency that coordinates the resources for cross-cultural ministries, religious diversity and the study of world Christianity and global mission for the three seminaries.
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