We’ve been floating this news for a little while now, but for those who haven’t yet heard… Please mark your calendars: Bethel University will be hosting a colloquium on Pietism on Friday, April 20, 2012. Coordinated by Christian Collins Winn and myself, it will be a kind of sequel to the 2009 research conference that led to our book, The Pietist Impulse in Christianity.
The keynote address will be delivered by Scot McKnight (North Park University). The most recent of his many best-selling books are The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited, One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow, and The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible; he blogs at The Jesus Creed. After
preaching in Bethel’s chapel service, Scot will then resume the morning’s conversation over lunch.
Following that meal, the colloquium will continue with a talk by historian Jon Sensbach (University of Florida), author of Rebecca’s Revival: Creating Black Christianity in the Atlantic World and A Separate Canaan: The Making of an Afro-Moravian World in North Carolina, 1763-1840. Following Jon’s talk, we’re tentatively planning a roundtable discussion of Pietism as it has influenced (and continues to influence?) the Baptist General Conference, the Evangelical Covenant Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and other denominations.
This event will be open to the public and — thanks to the generous support of Bethel’s Academic Affairs office — free of charge. (Though we’ll ask those intending to stay for lunch to pre-register, so that we have a head count for the caterers.)
Look for further details here at The Pietist Schoolman in mid-to-late January. In the meantime, feel free to contact me if you’d like to be on our mailing list or have any questions. Looking forward to seeing many of you at Bethel this spring!
UPDATES: See subsequent posts for more information about the talks by Scot McKnight and Jon Sensbach, as well as the afternoon roundtable on whether Pietism provides a “usable past” for contemporary churches.