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PCTII Newsletter #14

Spring 2000


The Pentecostal World Conference web has been redesigned with updated information about the 19th conference that will be held May 29-31, 2001 in Los Angeles. All will be interested in the list of pentecostal publications, once limited to print, now provided online.

The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity Information Service N. 101 (1991), edited by Monsignor John A. Radano, makes mention of interaction with pentecostals on p. 125f.

Asia Pacific Theological Seminary had its fourth Occasional Pentecostal Lecture Series featuring Dr. William W. Menzies on "Non-Wesleyan Pentecostalism: A Tradition," from March 6 through 8. The full text will be available through the seminary web.  APTS's eighth William Menzies annual lectureship featured Dr. Leslie C. Allen (Fuller Theological Seminary), a noted Old Testament scholar, from Jan 24-28. The topic was "Spirituality of Psalms." The full text is expected to be available at the seminary's web

Enrichment Online: A Journal for Pentecostal Ministry (Fall 1999) on "A Century of Pentecostal Vision"

Scheduled for release in mid-March, Telling the Story: Black Pentecostals in the Church of God was written by David Michael, currently a student at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Contact Pathway Press (1-800-553-8506) for more information.

It might merit notice that official webs by the Assemblies of God and Church of God (Cleveland) now put cookies on one's hard drive. The Church of God site places cookies that expire just a few minutes after a visitor leaves their site. There are no personal data collected in these cookies, with the exception of those users who submit information via an online contact or registration form. The Assemblies of God also reports that their cookies are not used to glean information not voluntarily given by the user, but enables one to better navigate their site. Those who are new to questions about Internet security should consult sites like Shields Up! and Cookie Central

The Consultazione Carismatica Italiana held its 8th round of open dialogue at Bari, Italy from February 18-20. Featured speakers were S.E. Rev. ma Mons. Giuseppe Chiaretti, Prof. Dott. Paolo Ricca, Prof. P. Ioan Sauca, Prof. P. James Puglisi, sa, Prof. Rev. Stanley M. Burgess, and Rev. P. Juan Usma Gomez. The joint presidents are Matteo Caliso and Giovanni Traettino. A complete report has been prepared by Prof. Calisi.

Dr. Daniel Woods reviews Blumhofer, et al., ed., Pentecostal Currents in American Protestantism (1999) in the current issue of the Journal of Southern Religion.

The Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church (USA) recently released Occasional Paper No. 11. This volume contains papers by Dr. Yohan Hyun and Dr. Frank Macchia delivered to the fourth round of talks between the World Alliance of Reformed Church and Pentecostals which met May, 1999 in Seoul.

The first Anglican Charismatic Theological Seminary (ACTS) will convene July 18-20, 2000 at St. John's College, Nottingham, UK. The seminar theme will be "Charismatic Theology in the Twenty-First Century." Co-organizers are Dr. John Witcombe, Dean of St. John's College, and Rev. Mark Cartledge, Chaplain and Tutor at St. John's College.

Karismatisk Refleksjon contains articles in Norwegian and English.

The first Pentecostal European Conference (PEC) of the new Millennium will take place on August 9-13, 2000 in Helsinki, Finland.

The second annual Charismatic Themes in Luke-Acts Study Group will convene as part of the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 17-19 at the Sheraton Ferncroft hotel, Danvers, MA ( a suburb of Boston). The study group will meet on Thursday morning, November 18 and will feature papers by Roger Stronstad (Western Pentecostal Bible College, Canada) on prophecy and by Keith Warrington (Regent Theological College, England) on healing. Responses to these papers will be given by Craig Keener (Eastern Seminary) and Paul Elbert (Lee University), respectively. Discussion with the audience is anticipated along with that from supporting panel members Ben Aker, Trevor Grizzle, Jim Hernando, Charles Holman, and Jim Shelton. Any questions or comments on the work of this study group, or suggestions for future dialogue may be sent to the chairman at pelbert@alltel.net.

The web host used by PCTII announced on October 20, 1999 an upgrade in server hardware and software. After the upgrade is completed in the next few days, please report to the webmanager any new error messages like "500 Server error." In view of the number of pages that make up PCTII, it is important to name the specific web page(s) in question.

The fourth general assembly of the Asia Pacific Theological Association--Executive Director: Rev. Abe Visca--was held on September 28-October 1, 1999 in South Cross College, Sydney, Australia. The theme was "Facing the Theological Issues of the Twenty-First Century" for Pentecostal educators in Asia Pacific.  In this meeting, Theological Commission--chair, Wonsuk Ma, and newly elected chair, May Ling Tan--was featured. A keynote paper was presented by William W. Menzies, a member of Theological Commission and two thought provoking responses by May Ling Tan and Paul Allen (both members of the Commission). Also presented was the paper competition winner Jim Reiher of Harvest Bible College, Melbourne with the paper entitled "Violent Language in the Espistle of James: How It Contributes to the Identification of a Historical Occasion for the Letter." Lee Wanak, dean of Asia Graduate School of Theology of Asia Theological Association presented a paper entitled "Theological Education and the Role of Teachers in the 21st Century: A Look at the Asia Pacific Region". All the papers were printed in a conference booklet. To order a copy, contact Wonsuk Ma. The quantity is limited and it costs US $3.00 including airmail shipping from the Philippines.

Mr. Marlon Millner is trying to locate a single copy of both Bazalwane and Tumelo by Professor A.H. Anderson. Anyone with pertinent information, should contact Mr. Millner direct.

The new co-chairs of PCCNA are Bishop Barbara Amos and Rev. Billy Joe Daughtery. The PCCNA conference in 2000 will be part of the NARSC conference in St. Louis. In 2001, PCCNA will go to Rev. Fred Price's church in Los Angeles in connection with the Pentecostal World Conference.

New Life: A History of the New Life Churches of New Zealand 1942-1979 (Dunedin: Third Millennium Publishing, 1999) by Dr. Brett Knowles is now available from the author at a cost of $39.95 NZ plus packing and postage. Orders may be sent by e-mail or to the author at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand. A full academic version of the book is also forthcoming from Edwin Mellen Press in the next six months.

At 11:20 am (EST) the morning of September 22, 1999, Bishop B.E. Underwood, former General Superintendent of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, passed away. He will be remembered for, among other things, co-chairing the 1994 "Memphis Miracle" with Bishop Ithiel Clemmons that launched the Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA).

See the announcement about an interdisciplinary conference "Religion in the American South: Towards a Renewed Scholarship" to be held October 21-23 at Emory University.

Reflections by Dr. Juan Sepulveda on Pentecostal ecumenism during the 1998 EPLA conference in Cuba.

1998 news item from the National Council of Churches of the USA featuring Dr. David Daniels.

The Fall 1999 issue of Enrichment is devoted to "A Century of Pentecostal Vision." The online version should follow in due course.

 The new issue of Cyberjournal for Pentecostal-Charismatic Research is now available. Several dead links have been removed from the PCTII web. Links now missing for entries on Churches and Online Publications will be removed if the new locations remain a mystery.

Prague 2000 will be hosted by ICCOWE and ECC and run August 23-27. Confirmed speakers for the Theological Stream are: Professor Tuomo Mannermaa (Lutheran) from Finland, Bishop Kallistos Ware (Greek Orthodox) from England, Dr. Ed Rybarczyk (AG) and Fr. Ralph del Colle (Roman Catholic) from the United States, and Fr. Hilarion Alfeyev (Russian Orthodox) from Russia.

Press release from July 1999 Roman Catholic - Pentecostal Dialogue.

The entry on "Pentecostalism" in Encyclopedia.Com is both disappointing and inaccurate.

A conference by the Partnership of African Christian Communities in Europe dedicated to "Open Space: The African Christian Diaspora in Europe and the Quest for Human Community" will convene September 16-20 at Westminster College in Cambridge. For additional information contact Rev. Jeri Jehu-Appiah.

Press release for 1999 conference by the European Pentecostal Charismatic Research Association. Papers presented to this conference by Markku J. Antola and Valdis Teraudkalns will be published in the next issue of the Cyberjournal for Pentecostal Charismatic Research.