2022 World Mission Institute

Join us for the annual World Mission Institute, a collaborative event offered by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, McCormick Theological Seminary, and Catholic Theological Union, on March 10 at 7 p.m. At this time, the event modality has not been determined. Further details will be provided soon.

George Sabra, professor of systematic theology and president of the Near East School of Theology (NEST) Beirut, Lebanon, is the keynote speaker. Sabra's keynote is titled "Mission in a Collapsed State: The Church and Theological Education in Lebanon and Syria." Severe economic and nation-splitting political crisis have created an economic crisis unprecedented in the history of Lebanon since its independence in 1920. The keynote presentation will examine the effects and consequences of the crisis on churches and theological institutions, address current responses of the Church, and explore the future mission and shape of the church and theological education.

Sabra was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He received his Bachelor of Philosophy from the American University in Beirut (1977). Then he obtained his Master of Divinity (1980) from Princeton Theological Seminary, USA, and a Master of Arts in Medieval Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies (1981) at the University of Toronto, Canada. In 1986, he was awarded the Doctor of Theology from the Faculty of Theology in the University of Tübingen, Germany. He is currently Professor of Systematic Theology and has been the President of the Near East School of Theology since 2012. He represents NEST in an association of Christian and Islamic seminaries and faculties of theology and religion – “The Encounter of Christian and Muslim Religious Colleges and Institutes in Lebanon”, and was chair of the “Encounter” from 2011-2013.

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