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Adele Halliday

Adele Halliday, Keynote speaker and panel member for the 2014 World Mission Institute

Stepheen Bevans

Dr. Stephen Bevans, panel member for the 2014 World Mission Institute

Afe Adogame

Dr. Robert Gallagher, panel member for the 2013 World Mission Institute

Scott C. Alexander

Dr. Scott C. Alexander, panel member for the 2013 World Mission Institute

2014 World Mission Institute

"Together towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes"

Thursday, April 24 – Friday, April 25

Each year LSTC hosts the World Mission Institute, which is jointly sponsored with LSTC, Catholic Theological Union and McCormick Theological Seminary for the purpose of focusing on interpreting the worldwide mission of the church.

The theme of this year's WMI is the mission document from the WCC Assembly--"Together towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes."

The Institute began on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. with a keynote from Adele Halliday, a Jamaican-Canadian who was at the Assembly representing the United Church of Canada.

The next morning, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Steve Bevans (CTU), Scott Alexander (CTU), and Rob Gallagher from Wheaton College gave short reflections on the document from various perspectives. This is a rare opportunity to understand our mission as understood in our days.

Listen to the panel presentations from the April 25 sessions of the 2014 Institute below.


1) First Panel. (36:38)
Robert Gallagher "Evangelical Perspectives"
Steven Bevans, "Catholic Perspectives"

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2) Second Panel. (1:35:34)
Scott Alexander "Interfaith Perspectives"
Adele Halliday "Response to Reflections"

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About the speakers

Adele Halliday

Adele Halliday works at the national office of the United Church of Canada as the Team Leader for Discipleship & Witness in the Church in Mission Unit. She has been a main organizer of several conferences on intercultural ministry, and participated in the special assembly of the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism that produced a final draft of "Together Towards Life." She also attended the Tenth Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, Korea.

Stephen Bevans

Stephen Bevans, Ph.D. is a Catholic priest in the Catholic missionary Society of the Divine Word. He is currently Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. He earned the STL from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and the PhD from the University of Notre Dame. His publications include A Century of Catholic Mission (2013--edited), Mission and Culture (2012-- edited), Prophetic Dialogue and Constants in Context (2011 and 2004--with Roger Schroeder), and Models of Contextual Theology (2002).

Scott C. Alexander

Scott C. Alexander, Ph.D. is currently Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he is also Director of the school’s Catholic-Muslim Studies Program. He is a regular consultant on Catholic-Muslim relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Association for Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers. He sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture and the Advisory Board of the Marty Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago. In addition to working on a current book project focusing on triumphalism in Christian-Muslim relations, he is the author of a number of articles in Islamic history, Quranic studies, Christian-Muslim relations and interreligious dialogue published in scholarly journals, encyclopedias, and edited volumes.

Robert L. Gallagher

Robert L. Gallagher, Ph.D. is the department chair, director of the Master of Arts program in intercultural studies, and associate professor of intercultural studies at Wheaton College Graduate School in Chicago where he has taught since 1998. He previously served as the president of the
American Society of Missiology (2010-2011) and as an executive pastor in Australia (1979-90), as well as being involved in theological education in Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific since 1984. His publications include the co-editing of Footprints of God: A Narrative Theology of Mission (MARC 1999), Mission in Acts: Ancient Narratives in Contemporary Contexts (Orbis Books 2004), and Landmark Essays in Mission and World Christianity (Orbis Books 2009).

About the World Mission Institute Theme for 2014

In October, 2013, the Tenth Assembly of the World Council of Churches took place in Busan, Korea. At this Assembly was presented a new document on Mission-- the first document on Mission in 30 years--entitled"Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes." It is a document that highlights the work of the Holy Spirit within the Mission of the Trinity, emphasizes the importance of the care of creation in the church's missionary work today, and reflects on the fact that Mission is no longer an activity from the world's affluent and rich center but one that takes place from the world's margins.

This year's World Mission Institute studied and celebrated this important new source for missionary reflection and practice. Participants heard from women and men who took part in both the drafting of the Mission document and who attended the Busan Assembly, and will be engaged in a critical conversation with the document as well.

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