PCTII Newsletter #16
Press ReleaseÓ..Press ReleaseÓ..Press ReleaseÓ.. Council of African Christian Communities in Europe Conseil Des Communautes Chretiennes DĂExpression Africaine En Europe (CACCE) La Maison dĂAltitude La Recontre, Arzier, Geneva 17 June 2001
Under the leadership of Jean-Daniel PlŘss, the European Pentecostal Charismatic Research Association met July 17-21 in Leuven, Belgium. The following papers were presented: Jean-Daniel Pluss, "Can the Good, Bad and the Ugly Turn into the True, Good and Beautiful;" Glen Stassen, "Recovering the Way of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount;" Patrick Alexander, "Spirit Empowered Peace-Making;" Harold Hunter, "Ethical Implications of Pentecostal Eschatology;" Lawrence Nwankwo, "Reviewing the Prosperity Gospel in light of a Theology of Empowerment;" Allan Anderson, "Christian Missionaries and 'Heathen Natives';" David Bundy, "Social Ethics in the Church of the Poor;" Peter Hocken, "Common Witness to Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit;" Anthea Butler, "Pentecostals and the Death Penalty;" Veli-Matti Kńrkkńinen, "Luther's Theology of Love;" Robert Smith, "Glory, Transformation and Gold Dust;" V.P. Vargehse, "Indian Christians and Social Ethics;" Raymond Pfister, "Pentecostalism and Ecumenism in France;" Tejio Mathlin, "The Spirit of Pentecost at Sinai." An announcement was made during the meeting about the joining of Azusa College, led by Dr. Cornelius van der Laan, to the Free University of Amsterdam.
The 3rd Annual Meeting of Asian Pentecostal Society and the 10th International Theological Conference on the Holy Spirit combined to host a Theological Symposium on Non-Western Pentecostalism on May 28 at Bethesda Christian University in Anaheim, California. The following papers were read: Julie Ma, "Korea Pentecostal Spirituality: A Case Study of Jashil Choi;" Paulson Pulikottil, "As East and West Met in God's Own Country;" "A Forgotten History: Correcting the Historical Record of the Roots of Pentecostalism in Japan;" Reuben Louse Gabriel, "Issues for Pentecostal Theology from the Indian Context;" Chin Khua Khai, "Pentecostalism in Myanmar;" John Yesunatha Das, "A Reflection on St. Thomas Pentecostals with special reference to the Aboriginal Pentecostals of Kerala;" Mathew Clark, "Questing Every Consensus - A Plea for a Return to the Radical Roots of Pentecostalism;" P.J. Grabe, "The Concept of God's Power and Its Reception Within the Pentecostal Tradition, with Special Reference to the African Context;" Opuku Onyinah, "Deliverance as a Way of Confronting Witchcraft in Modern Africa: Ghana as a Case;" Emmanuel K. Labri, "The Nature of Continuity and Discontinuity of Ghanaian Pentecostal Concept of Salvation in African Cosmology;" Ayuk A. Auk, "The Pentecostal Transformation of Nigeria Church Life;" Miguel Alvarez, "The South and the Latin American Paradigm;" M.A. Chavan De Matviuk, "Latin American Pentecostal Growth: Culture, Orality, and the Power of Testimonies;" Segio Matviuk, "Pentecostal Leadership Development and Church Growth in Latin America;" Virginia Trevino Nolivos, "A Pentecostal Paradigm for the Latin American Family: An Instrument of Transformation." A new organization for Latin America for launched during this meeting. Papers from this conference are featured in the current issue of the Cyberjournal for Pentecostal-Charismatic Research.
Dialogue is scheduled to resume May, 2002 in South Africa. "The planning
team has selected 'Experience in Christian Faith and Life' as the recommended
theme for a second round of the international dialogue. The theme highlights the
significance of Christian experience within both Reformed and Pentecostal
communities. It also raises issues concerning diverse evaluations of experience
as source and norm for Christian belief and witness. The theme also enables the
dialogue to move beyond theoretical or ideal formulations toward an examination
of constitutive practices within the churches.
The June 2001 issue of The Testimony with the theme "Being Pentecostal" contains articles by Dr. William Raccah, Dr. Ian Rennie, Roger Stronstad, and Dr. Michael Wilkinson. For more information, go to the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and click on e-magazine.
Dr. Jean-Daniel PlŘss launched a web for the European Pentecostal Charismatic Research Association. The site contains updated information about the July 17-21 EPCRA conference in Belgium.
The Hispanic Churches in American Public Life (NCAPL) research project is a three-year study funded by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts. The project seeks to examine the impact of religion on political and civic engagement in the Latino community. Dr. Jesse Miranda, Alianza de Ministerios EvangÚlicos Nacionales (AMEN) and Dr. Virgilio Elizondo, Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) co-direct. For information on the first regional conference to be held May 4, 2001 at Vanguard University, contact Dr. Gastˇn Espinosa.
Millner, journalist and member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, has
formed a new egroup at Yahoo!Groups focusing on Black Pentecostalism. The
Afro-Pentecostal Thought egroup is set up to foster dialogue among people who
have an interest in a scholarly examination of the theology, history and
socio-cultural impact of Pentecostalist Christians throughout the African
Dr. David Ramirez, President of SEMISUD, announces that the first Latin American Educators Conference by FIEL (Fraternidad Internacional de Educadores Latinoamericanos) will be held March 6-9 at Seminario Ministerial Sudamericano (Ecuador). The event will seek to analyze Theological Education and the Mission of the Church in Latin American for the next ten years. The program is available in Spanish and English. Download the letter of invitation from Dr. Ramirez (Ms Word).
Now available on the PCTII web are printed reports from four World Council of Churches Consultations with Pentecostals.
2001 Ecumenical Institute Bossey: Global Pentecostalism & The Ecumenical
Challenge," 5 - 11 March. The Pentecostal Movement is one of the
challenging factors of our times to both the historical Churches as well as the
Ecumenical Movement. Within the framework of the WCC, dialogue with Pentecostals
has become an important issue, and the attempt to create a wider space that
facilitates Pentecostal participation in the Ecumenical Movement a reality. With
the participation of specialists in the field, this seminar will analyze the
complexity of the Global Pentecostal Movement and the challenges that it poses
to the mission of Churches today and to the Ecumenical Movement as a whole.
An International Conference on Asian Pentecostalism will convene September 17-20, 2001 at Fircroft College, Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, UK. Facilitators Dr. Edmond Tang and Dr. Allan Anderson announce the conference theme to be "The Significance of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements for Asian Christianity." The event is sponsored by the Graduate Institute for Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham (UK) and the respective Research Units for East Asian Christian Studies and Pentecostal Studies.