The Inaugural Bethel Colloquium on Pietism Studies

Just over a month from today, on Friday, April 20, 2012, Bethel University will host its inaugural Colloquium on Pietism Studies, with keynote speaker Scot McKnight. The event is sponsored by the Department of History, the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies, and the Office of Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences. (Special thanks to two of our academic deans, Deb Harless and Barrett Fisher, for their support and guidance!)

This event follows up on the Lilly Research Conference we hosted in 2009, on The Pietist Impulse in Christianity, which drew over 100 participants from the US, Canada, and Europe and eventually produced a well-received book by the same title. Our own Chris Gehrz is coordinating the event with theology professor Christian Collins Winn, and our G.W. Carlson will be one of the panelists on the afternoon roundtable to be moderated by Prof. Gehrz.

The whole event is free and open to the public, but we do ask that you register ahead of time. And while lunch is complimentary for non-Bethel employees, we have limited space, so don’t delay!

The schedule and speakers are below; check the colloquium website for maps/directions, parking information, etc.

The Inaugural Bethel Colloquium on Pietism Studies

9:00am – Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor of Religious Studies, North Park University
“Pietism, Anabaptism, and Conversion: Paradigms for the Contemporary Church”
(read more here)

10:20am – Chapel

11:30am – Lunch / Q&A with Scot McKnight

1:15pm – Jon Sensbach, Professor of History, University of Florida
“Rebecca’s Trial: A Story of Pietism and Race in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World”
(read more here)

2:30pm – Roundtable Discussion: “Pietism, Churches, and a ‘Usable Past'” (read more here)
• G.W. Carlson, Professor of History and Political Science, Bethel University
• Ryan Eikenbary-Barber, Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Covenant Church
• Gracia Grindal, Professor of Rhetoric, Luther Seminary
• Devin Manzullo-Thomas, graduate student, Temple University
• Fran Monseth, Dean, Association Free Lutheran Seminary

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