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Leven in de stad: McClendon Lectures


07 oktober 2020

Op 13 november 2020 zal de tweede McClendonlezing gehouden worden. We gaan online het gesprek aan met Ryan Andrew Newson, Amerikaans theoloog die o.a. de verzamelde werken van McClendon heeft gepubliceerd. De lezing heeft als thema 'Leven in de stad: Baptistische theologie beoefenen in een diverse stedelijke context.' 

De McClendon leerstoel for Baptistic and Evangelical Theologies en het International Baptist Theological Study Center (IBTSC) nodigen u van harte uit om deel te nemen aan een gesprek over 'Leven in de stad', dat zal plaatsvinden op 13 november 2020. Hoofdspreker Ryan Andrew Newson zal het onderwerp introduceren en ons uitnodigen om na te denken over wat het betekent om als volgelingen van Jezus Christus te leven in hedendaagse, plurale stedelijke samenlevingen.
In een interactief online programma van ongeveer 2,5 uur wordt het thema besproken. Studenten, predikanten en geïnteresseerden worden van harte uitgenodigd mee te doen. We hopen op een stimulerend en verhelderend experiment in online theologische conversaties in heel Europa (en daarbuiten).

Omdat de lezing in het Engels zal zijn, volgt de informatie hieronder in het Engels.


RyanWhen? November 13th, 13.30-16.00 (CET)
What? A challenging conversation on what it means to live as followers of Jesus in a pluralist urban world.
For whom? We warmly welcome practitioners, academics, ministers and students. If you are interested in theological reflection on the city or involved in urban ministry, we hope you can join us – wherever you are in the world.
Registration: In order to receive the right information ahead of time, register for free HERE.


The theme of the day will be: Inhabiting the City: Envisioning Baptist Ways of Doing Theology in a pluralist urban world.


Professor Henk Bakker introduces the day: “It is not an exaggeration to suggest that human life is at the brink of a new cosmological turn. As it was in Copernican times, and some ages later in quantum times, so it is now: we have to rethink and revisit our place in the world, our shared habitat in the universe whatsoever. In the coming McClendon Lectures, at November 13th, dr. Ryan Andrew Newson is the expert to consult, because he will focus on the issue, in particular on the quest for ‘Inhabiting the City’. Dr. Newson is Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics at Campbell University (NC, USA), and wrote a challenging book on Inhabiting the World: Identity, Politics, and Theology in Radical Baptist Perspective (2018), at this moment the best introduction on the theology of James Wm. McClendon. We seriously invite you to be part of the journey.”

Ryan Newson himself says about the theme: “My aim is to name some of the theological narratives that might enable baptist churches to inhabit the city courageously and faithfully, or to describe the inhabitation they are already doing in more theologically robust ways. Drawing on resources provided by theologian Jim McClendon, I aim to provide an empowering language by which baptists can understand the task of receptive witness to which we are called. By “receptive witness,” I mean the struggle to speak words of truth and grace in each of our particular contexts, as well as to remain discerningly open to those we work with and among—to listen and learn as well as speak and proclaim. Of particular help in envisioning baptist ways of doing theology in the city will be McClendon’s attention to embodied experience, his understanding that multiple narratives can inhabit (and compete within) the same space, and a cruciform sense of power that controls which narratives we ought to pay attention to and which we should resist. My hope is that these reflections may spark a wider conversation about baptist theology and the city, whereby pastors, scholars, and students extend or push back against my initial thoughts.”