World Mission Institute spotlights Protestants of the Global South to commemorate 500th Anniversary of the Reformation February 28, 2017

The popular narrative about the Protestant Reformation is that it was a European event. The 2017 World Mission Institute, Protestants of the Global South during the Long Reformation, 1517-1700, challenges this narrative. The World Mission Institute is March 9, 5- 9 p.m. in the Augustana Chapel at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th St., Chicago.

The 2017 World Mission Institute will spotlight the Protestants indigenous to the Global South who resided in a string of locations such as Indonesia, Taiwan (Formosa), and Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in Asia; Cape Colony in Africa; Brazil in South America and Curaçao in the Caribbean; and New Netherlands and Virginia in North America. During the Long Protestant Reformation, the largest Protestant community most likely was in Sri Lanka where 65,000 Protestants were in Jaffna by 1663. The total number of the European Quaker community reached 66,000 during the same year. These statistics suggest the need for the global narrative. The focus of the conference is to reframe the mission history of the era as a study in World Christianity, expanding the discussion of the Long Protestant Reformation into a global narrative.

About the speakers
Dr. David Daniels III is the keynote speaker and Dr. Yudha Thianto is the respondent. Dr. Daniels is the Henry Winters Luce Professor of World Christianity at McCormick Theological Seminary. His extensive writing and research have focused on world Christianity, global Pentecostalism and African American Christianity.  He has presented academic papers at conferences in North America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

 Dr. Thianto is professor of theology at Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Ill. He is the author of The Way to Heaven: Catechisms and Sermons in the Establishment of the Dutch Reformed Church in the East Indies. He has taught at Reformed Evangelical Seminary, Jakarta, Indonesia; Calvin Theological Seminary and Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary.

The annual World Mission Institute is planned and sponsored by faculty at Catholic Theological Union, McCormick Theological Seminary and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.


Peter Vethanayagamony
Associate Professor of Church History

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Director of Communication and Marketing

The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.

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