A brief update on planning for our colloquium on Pietism at Bethel University, taking place April 20, 2012. In addition to talks by Scot McKnight and Jon Sensbach, we’ll have a roundtable discussion asking whether Pietism provides a “usable past” for churches today.
In some ways, this is a reprise of a session at our 2009 research conference on “The Pietist Impulse in Christianity” — on the historiography of four denominations founded by Scandinavian immigrants — that we weren’t able to include in our book of the same title. But while two of those denominations will be represented again, we’ll also have panelists from three others, and this discussion is intended to move a bit further out of the realm of the academic and into that of contemporary church life.
Here are our panelists, with their denominational traditions in parentheses:
See my recent post on GW for a possible preview of his comments on the influence of Pietism on the BGC and its university.
Francis Monseth (Association of Free Lutheran Congregations)
Dean, Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary