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P C T I I Newsletter #2

Summer 1993

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Papers from Brighton ‘91 are finally available. If copies have not yet reached a nearby bookstore, you are encouraged to place orders for All Together In One Place at $19.95 directly from Sheffield Academic Press, 44-742-660291 fax.

Other matters related to this fledging network of scholars should be referred to Dr. Harold D. Hunter, 615-339-9692 fax.


Second Start

On hand for events of Brighton ‘91, Dr. Christopher Hancock co-chairs with Dr. David Scott an organization known as SEAD (Scholarly Engagement with Anglican Doctrine) which last met March 15-17, 1993 at Virginia Theological Seminary. Endorsed by Archbishop Carey, SEAD is composed of seven study groups: Anglican Studies, Biblical Studies, Ethics, Evangelism, Theology, Spirituality, and the Church’s Pastoral Ministry. For further information, contact one of the chairs through 704-370-6234 fax.

The historic convening of the World Council of Churches Faith and Order in Santiago, Spain, August 3-14, 1993 will not pass without the participation of pentecostals. Among those invited to sit in as observers are Dr. Ron Kydd, Dr. Cheryl Bridges Johns, and Dr. Edith Blumhofer. Dr. Robeck, having been granted a seat on the Faith and Order Plenary Commission of the WCC, has been accorded the status of delegate and group leader at Santiago.

In related news, Mr. George Lemopoulos, from the office of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, has been selected as Executive Secretary of Church and Ecumenical Relations for the WCC in Geneva. Non members such as Roman Catholics, Pentecostals, and Evangelicals will be part of his portfolio.

The 18th session of the International Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue will meet in Paris at the Association Accueil Retreat Center. July 23-31 with the theme "Evangelization and Social Justice." Papers will be presented by pentecostalists Dr. Murl Dirksen and Dr. Karen Carroll Mundy, both of Lee College. Their Roman Catholic counterpart will be Dr. John Haughey, S.J.

The Assemblies of God in Asia Pacific have formed a theological association. The second convening of the Asia Pacific Theological Association will be September 20-23, 1993 in Hong Kong. For further information write: APTA, 38 Nathan, White Plains, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

The Society For Pentecostal Studies will meet November 11-13, 1993 in Guadalajara, Mexico. This bilingual edition of SPS is expected to draw Encuentro Pentecostal Latinoamericano among others.

Having experienced the realization of vision of unity in Italy, plans are firmly in place for the Second Catholic-Pentecostal Consultatin for Italy. Initiated by Matteo Calisi and Glovanni Traettino, the consultation committee looks to a gathering in November, 1993.

Word, Spirit and Kingdom is organizing a conference in Malacca, Malaysia to run March 1-5, 1994. This unique conference is rightly advertised as an international consultation to discover and celebrate God’s Word in evanglism, social responsibility, and renewal in the Holy Spirit. The convening committee included the Rev. Dr. James Wong, Chris Sugden, Dr. Samuel Escobar, Dr. Vinay Samuel, Brian Hathaway, Dr. Tokunboh Adeyemo, and Fr. Tom Houston. Paper presenters include Dr. Peter Kuzmic (Croatia), Roger Forster (London), and Dr. Calo Fablo (Brazil). If you would like to attend this meeting, write the local organizer, Denison Jayasooria, Consultation Secretary, Word, Kingdom and Spirit, 87-01,17 Bandar Barn Sentul, 5100 Kaula Lumpur, MALAYSIA, 3-274-6266 ph, 3-274-6373 fax.

The Pentecostal Society for Theological Studies in India will convene August 14. A journal will be introduced at this conference addressing sociopolitical issues.

PCRE business session is to be held June 26, 1993 at the Continental Theological Seminary in Brussels. Interested persons may fax Dr. Jean-Daniel Pluss, 41-1-821-9080.

Other Words In Print

The inaugural issue of The Journal of Pentecostal Theology was quickly followed by a second volume of equal value. The monograph series will shortly turn out Dr. Jon Ruthven’s On the Cessation of the Charismata, Pentecostal Formation: A Pedagogy Among the Oppressed by Dr. Cheryl Bridges Johns, and Pentecostal Spirituality: A Passion for the Kingdom by series editor Dr. Steven J. Land. Editors Dr. Chris Thomas and Dr. Rick Moore both delivered papers to the 1992 edition of the Society For Biblical Literature which met in San Francisco. And finally, a series of biblical commentaries has also been initiated by this industrious group from the Church of God School of Theology.

Clark H. Pinnock on Biblical Authority: An Evolving Postition by Ray C. W. Roennfeldt is recommended for those admirers of this scholar’s journey–with or without awareness of its charismatic dimension. Copies may be ordered from Andrews University Press, Berrien Springs, MI 49104, 616-473-4429 fax.

Dr. Guillermo Cook, who has served this year as senior scholar in residence at OMS, announces a volume forthcoming from Orbis Press that will feature an anthology of Latin contributors. Look for this stimulating piece under the title New Face of the Church in Latin America: Between Tradition and Change.

Loyola University Press will release Pentecostal Unity: Is There An Answer? By Terrence Robert Crowe. This doctoral dissertation comes recommended by Brother Jeffrey Gros, Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops who wrote the foreword.

Not to be missed is The Spirit of Life: A Universal Affirmation (Fortress, 1992) by Professor Jurgen Moltmann. Chapter 9 overlaps with Professor Moltmann’s paper at Brighton ‘91. Look for Restoring The Faith by Edith Blumhofer and Modern Christian Revivals edited by Blumhofer and Randall Balmer, both 1993 by University of Illinois Press.

PCTII Sources

A more complete version of the following is available to those who request the same.

North Amierica:

Society For Pentecostal Studies. Executive Secretary: Dr. Peter D. Hocken, PO Box 2671, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20886. 301-990-2087 fax


Pentecostal and Charismatic Research in Europe. Conference liaison: Dr. Jean-Daniel Pluss, Heuelstrasse 45, CH 8032 Zurich, Switzerland. 41-1-821-9080 fax.


Asian Charismatic Theological Association. Chair: Dr. Tissa Weerasingha, Institute of Christian Studies, Calvary Church, 123 High Level Road, Kirillapone, Sri Lanka 553110. 94-1-713740 fax.

Latin America

Latin America Pentecostal Encounter. General Coordinator: Bishop Gamallel Lugo, Union Evangelical Pentecostal Venezuela, Apartado 388, Maracalbo, Zuila, Venezuela. 58-61-22-2323 fax.


Society For Pentecostal Theology. Chair: Dr. Willie J. Wessels, UNISA, Box 392, Pretoria 001, Republic of South Africa. 27-12-429-3332 fax.

The Relevant Pentecostals. Contact: Rev. Japie Lapoorta, 17 Driebergen St. Highbury, Kuils River 7580, Republic of South Africa. 27-21-9033931 fax.