AASR Member Esther Acolatse gives distinguished lecture…

The AASR would like to recognize Dr. Esther Acolatse, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Pastoral Theology and World Christianity at Duke Divinity School, who was the keynote speaker at the 2nd annual Stanley Grenz Lecture Series at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Her address was titled, “Exploring the Contours of Enchantment: Perspectives from the Global South.”

What can we learn from the dramatic growth of the Christian Church in other cultural contexts? The Christian Church in the Global South is exploding and that explosion is being translated into the North Atlantic context as being “glocal,” and explained as the proliferation of migrant churches. However, little attention has been paid to the undercurrents of this ferment, and the hybrid offering that runs from the original spaces to the tributaries worldwide that could revitalize the theological imagination of the global church. In this session Dr. Acolatse will suggest that the source of vitality in the Global South is “enchantment.” Due to the religio-cultural atmosphere in which these Southern churches are birthed and nurtured, the primal religious sensibilities that are seamlessly woven into the Christian experience and expression and the ability of the leaders to invite and draw believers into the world picture and the stories of the Scriptures, mystery remains. Within this milieu lie both the promise and the challenge of the enchantment that fuels the explosion of Christianity in the global south.

Congratulations, Dr. Acolatse on this important lecture!

More information about this event can be found at this link: http://theseattleschool.edu/ai1ec_event/grenz-lecture-1/

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