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Re-envisioning the Mission of Health: A Global Invitation to Heal and Thrive in Crisis

October 27–29, 2021

Registration

General Registration – $50
Alumni and Non-Fuller Students – $25
Fuller Students, Staff, and Faculty – $0

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Missiology Lectures 2021

The church has been engaged in healing since its inception, although understandings of health have shifted significantly over the centuries. The 21st-century global health crises call the church to once again examine and redefine its role. The Missiology Lectures 2021 will be a global, multidisciplinary exploration of the mission of creating healthy individuals, families, communities, and societies, and the church’s role in this process. To this task, Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Mission and Theology brings its ongoing commitment to global church dialogue, along with the holistic research from the Thrive Center in the School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy.

Keynote speakers:

Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology and Founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Yale University
Kimberly Alexander, historian of Pentecostalism and Director of Online Education, Ramp School of Ministry

This will be an online conference with a node in Ghana for participants in African and European time zones. In addition to an online chapel service, six plenary sessions, and three open dialogue sessions with thematically focused small groups, there will be online access to exhibitors offering resources.

Event registrants will have access to curated content that will be released each morning, as well as the opportunity to participate in live sessions throughout the day.

Conference Organizers:

Alexia Salvatierra, Academic Dean of Centro Latino, Assistant Professor of Integral Mission and Global Transformation, School of Mission and Theology, and Coordinator: Diplomado en la Respuesta de la Iglesia a la Crisis Migratoria

Pamela Ebstyne King, Peter L. Benson Professor of Applied Developmental Science, and PhD Program Chair in Psychological Science (Non-Clinical), School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy, and Executive Director of the Thrive Center for Human Development

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Professor of Systematic Theology, School of Mission and Theology

Kirsteen Kim, Paul E. Pierson Chair in World Christianity and Associate Dean for the Center for Missiological Research, School of Mission and Theology

 

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Schedule

Please note, all times are listed in Pacific Time. All main sessions and panel discussions will be translated into Spanish and Korean.

Wednesday, October 27

Chair: Kirsteen Kim, Paul E. Pierson Chair in World Christianity and Associate Dean for the Center for Missiological Research, School of Mission and Theology

10:00 am–11:00 am Fuller Chapel: Health and Healing

Preacher: Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Professor of Systematic Theology, School of Mission and Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

11:00 am–12:00 pm Session 1: “The Mission of the Church: Abundant Health”

This session will cast a vision for the role of the church in realizing God’s intention for a healthier world. Dr. Volf and Dr. King will offer a framework for the overall lectures on the meaning and goal of thriving.

Lecturer: Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology and Founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Yale University

Respondent: Pamela Ebstyne King, Peter L. Benson Professor of Applied Developmental Science and PhD Psychological Science Program Chair, School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy, and Executive Director of the Thrive Center for Human Development, Fuller Theological Seminary

12:00 pm–1:00 pm Topical Dialogues

Presenters: Daniel O’Neill, Florence Muindi, Grace Tazelaar, Mwai Makoka, Stephen Ko

12:30 pm–1:30 pm Virtual Alumni Gathering with Dr. Miroslav Volf – Register Here (Alumni Only)

1:00 pm–2:15 pm Session 2: “Healing in the History of Christianity”

This session will focus on the history of healing in and through the church. Dr. Alexander will give a broad overview of the theology and ministry practices associated with healing in the history of the Christian movement as a transformative experience for both the practitioner and recipient, with particular emphasis on diverse and inclusive efforts. Dr. Bantu will follow with the examination of a particular historical example and its implications for the church today.

Lecturer: Kimberly Alexander, Historian of Pentecostalism and Director of Online Education, Ramp School of Ministry

Respondent: Vince Bantu, Assistant Professor of Church History and Black Church Studies, School of Mission and Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

Thursday, October 28

Chair: Erik Aasland, Affiliate Assistant Professor of Anthropology, School of Mission and Theology

10:00 am–11:30 am Session 3: Panel Discussion – “The Impact of Medical Mission on Health—the Journey to a Holistic Orientation and the Pandemic”

A diverse panel of scholar-practitioners with many years of experience in the church’s role in providing access to medical care and public health resources internationally as well as health-focused missions.

Panelists:
Manoj Kurian, Coordinator, World Council of Churches – Ecumenical Advisory Alliance
Martha Mwendafilumba, Co-Catalyst, Health for All Nations
Michael Soderling, Director, Health for All Nations, Chief Governance Officer, William Carey International University, and Chief Governance Officer, Salud que Transforme

11:30 am–12:30 pm Topical Dialogues

Presenters: Christoffer Grundmann, Bruce Dahlman, Prabhu Singh Vedhamanickam, Perry Jansen, Kalemba Mwambazambi, Michael Soderling

12:30 pm–2:00 pm Session 4: Panel Discussion – “Healing and Mission—The Majority World’s Response”

A panel of scholar practitioners from Africa, Latin America, and Asia reflecting on the church’s role in health and healing from their perspectives, incorporating the particular experience of their contexts.

Panelists:
Opoku Onyinah, Former Chairman, the Church of Pentecost, Associate Professor of Pentecostal Studies, Pentecost University (Ghana)
Elizabeth Salazar Santana, Professor, Comunidad Teological Evangelica de Chile
Sung-Deok Oak, Dongsoon Im and Mija Im Endowed Chair, Associate Professor of Korean Christianity, UCLA

2:00 pm–3:00 pm Prospective Student Event

Friday, October 29

Chair: Alexia Salvatierra, Academic Dean of Centro Latino, Assistant Professor of Integral Mission and Global Transformation, School of Mission and Theology

10:00 am–11:30 am Session 5: Panel Discussion – “Trauma and Resilience”

A panel of international experts on trauma and resilience. Dr. Eriksson brings general expertise on trauma and resilience with a particular focus on healing the caregiver, Dr. Rojas-Flores and Dr. Givens will share their findings on immigration-related trauma in children, and Dr. Mwiti will share her expertise and experience with trauma care and informed trauma therapy in Africa.

Panelists:
Cynthia Eriksson, Associate Professor of Psychology, PsyD Program Chair, School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary
Lisseth Rojas-Flores, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary
Tommy Givens, Associate Professor of New Testament Studies, School of Mission and Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Gladys K. Mwiti, Supervisor/Team Leader, Oasis Africa

11:30 am–12:30 pm Topical Dialogues

Presenters: Davi C. Ribeiro Lin, Frederick Barasa, Gladys Mwiti, Naji Abi-Hashem, Daniel O’Neill

12:30 pm–2:00 pm Session 6: Panel Discussion – “Building a Healthy World”

A diverse panel of scholar-practitioners engaging the church in building a healthier world. Dr. Chase-Ziolek will focus on ministries of health that contribute to human flourishing in congregations and communities. Dr. Woodley will contribute a Christian Native American perspective, with a particular emphasis on health and healing for the whole of creation. Dr. Armstrong will share a model for how Black women in theological education can combat the adverse health effects of racism.

Panelists:
Mary Chase-Ziolek, Professor of Health Ministries and Nursing, Northpark University
Randy Woodley, Eloheh – Indigenous Center for Earth Justice and Eloheh Seeds
Tina Armstrong, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Director of Clinical Training, School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary

2:00 pm–2:15 pm Closing Remarks & Worship with Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado

Speakers

Veli-Mati KarkainnenVeli-Matti Kärkkäinen

Professor of Systematic Theology, School of Mission and Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

Miroslav VolfMiroslav Volf

Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology and Founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Yale University

pam KingPamela Ebstyne King

Peter L. Benson Professor of Applied Developmental Science and PhD Psychological Science Program Chair, School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy, and Executive Director of the Thrive Center for Human Development, Fuller Theological Seminary

Kimberly AlexanderKimberly Alexander

Historian of Pentecostalism and Director of Online Education, Ramp School of Ministry

Vince BantuVince Bantu

Assistant Professor of Church History and Black Church Studies, School of Mission and Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

Topical Dialogues

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27

Toward a Theology of Disease and Global Health

Daniel O’Neill, Christian Journal for Global Health

Daniel O’Neill is a physician-theologian and founder and managing editor of Christian Journal for Global Health. He is an assistant clinical professor of family medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Bethel Seminary of the East with an emphasis on global theology of health. He has served on health and development projects among impoverished or displaced populations including in Central and South America, West Africa, North India, Indonesia, and the Middle East. Dr. O’Neill is a founding board member of Health for All Nations and co-editor of the new multi-author book, All Creation Groans: Toward a Theology of Disease and Global Health.

Life in Abundance: The Local Church and Health

Florence Muindi, Life in Abundance International

Florence Muindi is the founder/president and CEO of Life in Abundance (LIA) International. A medical doctor specializing in public health who has pioneered LIA’s transformational development model, she is considered the industry leader in transformational community development work. Dr. Muindi has played an integral role in laying the foundation for implementation throughout Africa and the majority world.

Shalom: The Biblical Basis for Health

Grace Tazelaar, Health for All Nations

Grace Tazelaar serves as the volunteer missions director for Nurses Christian Fellowship. She taught nursing at West Suburban College of Nursing in Oak Park, Illinois, prior to leaving for Uganda as a missionary nurse with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee. In Uganda, she worked in community health development programs and was involved in the initial national efforts to combat HIV/AIDS.

The Whole Church Ministering to the Whole Person

Mwai Makoka, Health-Promoting Churches

Mwai Makoka is programme executive for health and healing at the World Council of Churches, Geneva. He received medical training from the University of Malawi and post-doctoral training in medical and public health microbiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Besides clinical work, Dr. Makoka has worked in academia and in health programmes and previously headed the Christian Health Association of Malawi.

Public Health Approaches to Human Flourishing in Theological Education

Stephen Ko, New York Chinese Alliance Church

Stephen Ko serves as senior pastor of New York Chinese Alliance Church in Manhattan, NYC. He serves as an adjunct professor at Alliance Theological Seminary and formerly worked as a professor of global health and pediatrics at Boston University and a medical officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Having served extensively in Africa and Southeast Asia while implementing national public health programs, he has a wealth of global health policy and missions experience.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28

Historical Foundations at the Heart of Medical Missions

Christoffer Grundmann, Valparaiso University

Christoffer-Hinrich Grundmann is the Emeritus John R. Eckrich University Professor in Religion and the Healing Arts of Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana. He taught for several years at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary Arasaradi, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, and at various universities in Germany before becoming the theological consultant to the German Institute for Medical Missions, Tübingen, Germany, and hospital chaplain.

Building Health Capacity through Medical Education and Empowerment in Africa

Bruce Dahlman

Sewa Chakra as an Indian Missiological Model of Shalom for a COVID-Stricken World

Prabhu Singh Vedhamanickam, South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies

Prabhu Singh Vedhamanickam is a trained missiological anthropologist, with a PhD in intercultural studies from Asbury Seminary in Kentucky. Currently, he is the principal of South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS) in India, one of the leading theological institutions in the Global South. Dr. Singh is also the professor for cultural anthropology at SAIACS, the consultant for several large mission agencies, and a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars, and churches in different parts of the world.

Sustainable Health Systems as Witness in the Context of Governments and Other Powers

Perry Jansen, African Mission Healthcare

Perry Jansen is vice president at African Mission Healthcare, leading initiatives to strengthen mission hospitals to expand medical education and strengthen indigenous healthcare leadership. He founded the Malawi nonprofit hospital Partners in Hope (PIH), which has grown to be one of the largest providers of HIV treatment in the region and is a key training partner with the Ministry of Health and USAID.

Redeeming Indigenous Healing Practices in West Africa

Kalemba Mwambazambi

Alma Atta, Health for All Nations, and the Church’s Mission in the 21st Century

Michael Soderling

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29

The Key Role of the Church in Mental Health

Davi C. Ribeiro Lin, Seminário Teológico Servo de Cristo

Davi C. Ribeiro Lin is a professor at Seminário Teológico Servo de Cristo, teaching on the intersection of spiritual theology, counseling psychology, and the therapeutic ideas of Augustine of Hippo. He is a licensed psychologist in Brazil and an evangelical pastor at Comunidade Evangelical do Castelo. His current teaching and research project is interested in using Augustine’s Confessions as narrative meaning-making for mental health.

Trauma Healing Amidst Violence in Central Africa

Frederick Barasa, American Bible Society

TBD

Gladys Mwiti, Oasis Africa

TBD

Trauma and Resilience in Middle Eastern Conflicts

Naji Abi-Hashem, Institute for Studies in Religion, Baylor University

Naji Abi-Hashem is a Lebanese-American clinical and cultural psychologist, author, public speaker, ordained minister, and visiting professor. He is involved in international service, training, editing, writing, publishing, conference presentation, counseling, volunteer work, church consultation, pastoral care, global networking, and caring for ministers and caregivers. Currently, he is an associate with Member Care International and a non-resident scholar at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies in Religion.

Displaced Peoples: Churches as Healing Communities for Syrian Refugees

Daniel O’Neill, Christian Journal for Global Health

Daniel O’Neill is a physician-theologian and founder and managing editor of Christian Journal for Global Health. He is an assistant clinical professor of family medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Bethel Seminary of the East with an emphasis on global theology of health. He has served on health and development projects among impoverished or displaced populations including in Central and South America, West Africa, North India, Indonesia, and the Middle East. Dr. O’Neill is a founding board member of Health for All Nations and co-editor of the new multi-author book, All Creation Groans: Toward a Theology of Disease and Global Health.

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