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2017 Spring Convocation


Spring Convocation: Christian Faith and Our Religious Neighbors
April 18-19, 2017
Eden Theological Seminary

What does it mean to love our neighbors when our neighbors do not share our faith? How do Christians participate in a pluralistic religious world without denigrating the faith of others or denying our own? With “Christian Faith and Our Religious Neighbors” and in conjunction with the Armin and Shirley Limper Program in Christianity and World Religions, Eden Seminary brings together three leading scholars on Christianity and pluralism to consider these questions and re-imagine Christianity’s relationship with other faiths.

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Dr. Dale Bishop

Dr. Dale Bishop's interest in interfaith relations has a particular focus on Christian-Muslim relations. He has published numerous articles on Iran, Lebanon, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and holds a doctorate in Iranian Studies.

Dr. Damayanthi Niles

Dr. Damayanthi Niles is Professor of Constructive Theology at Eden Seminary. Her writing and research have focused on constructive and contextual theology. She has taught courses on foundational theology, missology, and post-colonial thought. 

Dr. Paul. F. Knitter

Dr. Paul F. Knitter is Emeritus Professor at Union Theological Seminary, New York where he was Professor of Theology, World Religions, and Culture. He is the author of many books on the subject, including "Without Buddha I Could not Be a Christian."

Dr. Cassandra Gould

The Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould will serve as the speaker for worship on April 19. Gould is an alumna of Eden Seminary and currently serves as the senior pastor of Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jefferson City, Mo. She also serves as the executive director of Missouri Faith Voices, a multi-faith, multi racial, statewide, grassroots social justice organization that is a part of the PICO National Network. During her first three years as pastor, she led the church through a multi million-dollar land acquisition and building project. Her ministry is centered in the work of social justice, which she believes is the work of the Gospel.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. on April 18. Convocation will conclude with the last reception on the 19th at 5 p.m. followed by the 50 year dinner at 6 p.m.

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Date: 4/18/2017 to 4/21/2017

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