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PCTII Newsletter #19



"On Being Christian Together" was the theme for the 50th anniversary of the NCCCUSA Faith and Order Commission that met July 19-23, 2007 in Oberlin, OH. Preliminary information may be found here with updates on the NCCCUSA web. Among the speakers were Dr. Cecil M. Robeck, Dr. David Daniels, Dr. Keelan Downtown and Dr. Amos Yong. Dr. A.G. Miller moderated a session. Former Pentecostal Dr. James Forbes was a keynote speaker.

"Speaking of Faith", is a public radio's conversation about religion, meaning, ethics and ideas provided by America Public Media. Plans have been confirmed to rebroadcast a program from last year at this time, titled: "Spiritual Tidal Wave: The Origins and Impact of Pentecostalism". There is considerable excitement about offering this program once again. The rebroadcast of this program is scheduled to air between Thursday May 3rd - and Wednesday May 9th. The program features an in-depth interview with Professor Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. More information is available on the "Speaking of Faith" web which includes interviews with a range of pentecostal scholars. The date for broadcast has been changed but is yet unknown.

The European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism - or GloPent - is an initiative by three European universities to network research by European scholars on global Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. The next international conference of the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism (GloPent) will be held at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam on April 27-28, 2007 under the title “The Interdisciplinary Study of Global Pentecostalism”.

IPHC Ministries joins Christian Churches Together (CCT) with focus on evangelism and poverty.

We are happy to announce a new space for Pentecostal-Charismatic studies at the AAR. The Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements (PCM) Consultation provides a forum for scholarly consideration of global phenomena associated with Pentecostalism and charismatic movements. The PCM Consultation provides an arena for a wide array of scholars, disciplinary orientations, and methodological approaches—bringing together those working constructively from within these traditions with scholars considering the phenomena from historical, sociological, ethnographic, and other perspectives. The Consultation intentionally seeks to encourage a global and pluralist perspective.
The Consultation is co-chaired by Dr. Amos Yong (Regent University) and Dr. James K.A. Smith (Calvin College). Founding members of the steering committee are Dr. Anthea Butler (Rochester), Dr. Heather Curtis (Harvard Divinity), Dr. Gaston Espinosa (Claremont McKenna), and Dr. Frederick Ware (Howard).
The Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements (PCM) Consultation seeks proposals for fully developed panels or papers on the following themes: 1) New trajectories of PCM theory and research; and, in light of the San Diego locale of the meeting, 2) Latin American/Latino immigration, transnational, and diasporic PCMs. We are interested in directions of research that feature new methods and theoretical approaches to the scholarly examination of Christian renewal movements past and present, as well as those which focus on aspects including but not limited to the Latin American nations in the recent Pew Forum ten-country survey on PCM’s. Within the above rubrics, papers/panels may explore PCM relation to and influence in areas such as civil/human rights, environmental policy, politics, gender, globalization, social reform, and war and peace.

The Global Christian Forum has launched a web site. Go here to learn about this body, especially its history, mission and future.

The Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center web has a new feature known as "Seen in Print". Visit this site often for ongoing updates. Go here for press releases and like information.

McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada hosted a Pentecostal Forum on February 10, 2007. Please see brochure (pdf) for program and related information. Contact Mr. Jeff Clarke for additional information.

Dr. Wonsuk Ma, a Korean Pentecostal, was installed as Director of Oxford Centre for Mission Studies on Dec 8, 2006. Dr. Julie Ma, his wife, is now Research Tutor of the Centre. OCMS currently administers various research degree programs with 120 students in various stages of PhD programs. OCMS also publishes Regnum International titles as well as its journal Transformation.

Canadian Pentecostal Research Network is a is a loosely connected group of scholars who study pentecostalism in Canada from a variety of disciplines including sociology, theology, religious studies, cultural studies, anthropology, and history. This website contains a variety of resources for students and researchers who want to study the movement in its many forms. The site is maintained by Dr. Michael Wilkinson, Associate Professor of Sociology, Trinity Western University, Langley British Columbia

REGENTS THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE (Cheshire, England www.regents-tc.ac.uk) wishes to appoint a Director of Postgraduate Studies, to join the Faculty in September 2007. The candidate will have a proven capacity for academic scholarship, exemplary communication skills and a commitment to the local church and personal spirituality. Faculty members must concur with the College’s Statement of Faith. Regents Theological College has a Pentecostal heritage and, as a validated college affiliated to the University of Wales, an academic rigour of the highest repute. This new position will involve teaching at undergraduate and especially postgraduate levels, as well as doctoral supervision, and will also include the overall leadership and development of the postgraduate department. The successful applicant will have gained or be completing a PhD. Please send a formal cv and a list of three references to Nigel Tween, Principal, nigel.tween@regents-tc.ac.uk (Application closing date: January 30, 2007).

The Roman Catholic - Evangelical Dialogue convened October 6-8, 2006 on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. In this dialogue Pentecostals are included among the Evangelical delegation of which most are scholars. Co-hosts are Rev. Bonn Clayton and Ft. Arthur Kennedy.

Member organizations of the Christian Churches Together in the USA now includes the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, Open Bible Churches, and the Church of God of Prophecy.

 As of September 1, 2006, Dr. Raymond Pfister is the newly appointed Principal of Birmingham Christian College in the United Kingdom. Accredited by the University of Wales, the school is evangelical, charismatic, and ecumenical offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

"Spirit in the World: The Dynamics of Pentecostal Growth and Experience" is an international symposium hosted by the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California and sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. The dates are October 5-7, 2006. Speakers include well known scholars like Allan Anderson, Peter Berger, Anthea Butler, Paul Freston, Obgu Kalu, Veli-Matti Karkkainen, Frank Macchia, Donald Miller, Doug Petersen, Margaret Poloma, and Jeffrey Schloss.  For more information go to their web at http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/pentecostalism/ or use the following contact info: crcc@usc.edu; 213-740-8562.

The Regent University School of Divinity presents the 2006-2007 Colloquium on Women in Pentecostal-Charismatic Leadership

Click on this sentence for the 50th anniversary of the NCCCUSA Faith & Order celebration to be held July 19-23, 2007 in Oberlin, OH.

A conference with the title "Pentecostalism: A Century After, A Century Ahead" will convene September 13-14, 2006 at the Bible College of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. For more information, contact Dr. Mathew Clark.

Joint Communiqué from May 17-24, 2006 WARC - Pentecostal Dialogue.

5/1/06: There are very few copies left of The Azusa Street Revival and Its Legacy edited by Dr. Harold D. Hunter and Professor Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. All the copies available at the Azusa Centennial in Los Angeles were sold. Those interested in buying a copy, must do so quickly. The book can be purchased from the Pathway Bookstore. The Table of Contents is available online.

5/1/06: The official web for the 21st Pentecostal World Conference that will convene July 17-20, 2007 in Surabaya, Indonesia is now online. As has been the tradition since the 1998 PWC in Korea, the conference will be preceded by a theological conference on July 16-17, 2007. Persons interested in presenting papers, should click on the representative from your continent. The committee responsible for the theological meeting is as follows: Dr. Wonsuk Ma (Asia), Dr. Miguel Alvarez (Latin America), Dr. Mathew Clark (Africa), Dr. Jean Daniel Pluss (Europe), Dr. Harold D. Hunter (North America).

Historic Meeting of Oneness Pentecostal Leaders - March 30-31, 2006

Two books on the horizon have released pre-publication information for interested parties. They are The Azusa Street Revival and Its Legacy published by Pathway Press and The Suffering Body by Paternoster Press. The volume on Azusa will be available late April at the Azusa Revival Centennial in Los Angeles while the volume dedicated to suffering Christians will not be released before July of this year. Co-editors of both volumes are Dr. Harold D. Hunter and Professor Cecil M. Robeck.
The Suffering Body is available through Barnes and Noble.

For an exciting new web about Church of God in Christ ecumenism, go to this web about Dr. Leonard Lovett, official ecumenical officer of the church, at http://www.cogicecumenical.com/ The web has just been launched and will add many features that will contribute to the call for unity among God's people.

Science and the Spirit: Pentecostal Perspectives on the Science/Religion
A Research Initiative directed by
Amos Yong (Regent University) and James K. A. Smith (Calvin College)
Funded by the John Templeton Foundation
Proposals are invited for a new research initiative that seeks to bring the
global resources of Pentecostal/charismatic Christianity into dialogue with
the sciences. We are building a team of scholars from across the
disciplines (including natural, human, and social sciences, as well as
philosophy and
theology) to undertake original research at the intersection of Pentecostal
spirituality, pneumatology, and the sciences.
For complete information about the initiative and information for
applicants, visit www.calvin.edu/scs/scienceandspirit  
Science and Spirit Research Initiative
Directors: Amos Yong (Regent University) and James K.A. Smith (Calvin
College) Funded by the John Templeton Foundation

Newly released is the slate of speakers for the Theology Track of the Azusa St. Centennial to be held April 25-29, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. The co-chairs are Dr. Harold D. Hunter and Professor Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. Moderators of the sessions are Drs. Hunter, Robeck. Dr. Wonsuk Ma, Dr. Keith Warrington, and Dr. Yong-gi Hoon. The speakers and their topics are as follows: “Ordinary Prophet: William J. Seymour and the Azusa Street Revival,” Dr. Gaston Espinosa, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Claremont McKenna College, California; 11:30-12:30 pm “The Blessings of Azusa Street and Doornfontein and Pentecost’s Blind Spot,” Rev. Frank Chikane, Pastor of the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) of South Africa, Chairperson of the Council of the AFM International, Honorary Member of the National Leadership Forum of the AFM of South Africa and Director-General in the Presidency : Government of the Republic of South Africa; "The ‘Place’ of Women in Pentecostal/Charismatic Ministry since the Azusa Street Revival,” Pamela Holmes, Th.D. candidate, Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology, Canada; “Pentecostal Eschatology: What Happened When the Wave Hit the East End of the Ocean,” Dr. Wonsuk Ma, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Philippines; “Racial Relations in the Azusa Street Revival,” Dr. Anthea Butler, Assistant Professor of Theology, University of Rochester, New York; “Encountering the Triune God: Spirituality since the Azusa Street Revival,” Dr. Simon Chan, Professor of Theology, Trinity Theological College, Singapore; “Signs of Grace in a Graceless World: The Charismatic Structure of the Church in Trinitarian Perspective,” Dr. Frank Macchia, Professor of Systematic Theology, Vanguard University, California; “Pentecostalism and Social Transformation: A Global Perspective,” Dr. Donald E. Miller, Professor of Religion and Director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California, California; “The Azusa Street Revival and the Historic Churches,” Fr. Thomas Rausch, T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology , Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California; "The Church of God in Christ and the Azusa Street Revival, Dr. Fred Ware, Assistant Professor of Theology, Howard University School of Divinity, Washington DC.; "Addressing Doctrinal Differences since the Azusa Street Revival," Dan Ramirez, Ph.D. Candidate, Duke University, North Carolina; “Pentecostal Healing at the Mission,” Dr. Kimberly Ervin Alexander, Church of God Theological Seminary, Tennessee; “The Role of Women in the Azusa Street Revival,” Dr. Estrelda Alexander, Assistant Professor of Theology, Regent University, Virginia.