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Ian Douglas will give two lectures in Bethlehem, March 26

Douglas2 Professor Ian Douglas
Brings Mission Focus to Campbell Lectures
March 26, 4:00 to 9:00 PM
Moravian Theological Seminary
Bethlehem, PA

Registration deadline is March 16. See below. Use the flyer that may be downloaded below or call 610-433-6421 to order tickets.

Dr. Ian Douglas of Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, will make two presentations focusing on mission and diversity. Instrumental in the design and organization of the Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops, Dr. Douglas will bring the following presentations:

• Lecture I: God's Mission and Difference in Ecumenical Perspective – an exploration of the nature of mission, how differences in the many identities each of us inhabit affect our faithfulness to the missio Dei, and how the way we "see the other" (denominational differences) sometimes impedes our common call to God's mission. A brief case from the Anglican Communion will be developed as an example.

• Lecture II: Christian Unity and the Challenge of Single Identity Politics – examining how relationships across differences in service to the missio Dei can draw Christians together in new solidarities across our differences.

The program, 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., includes two lectures and dinner.
4:00 pm - Welcome & Registration
4:15 pm - Presentation I ($5.00)
God’s Mission and Difference in Ecumenical Perspective
5:30 pm - Dinner ($20.00)
6:45 pm - Ecumenical Worship
7:30 pm - Presentation II ($5.00)
Christian Unity and the Challenge of Single Identity Politics
8:45 pm - Closing

Registration deadline is March 16. To order tickets for the lectures, with or without dinner, download the Campbell09flyer, call the Lehigh County Conference of Churches main office at 610-433-6421 or email lccc@lcconfchurch.org.

Douglas is Angus Dun Professor of Mission and World Christianity at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He is a passionate advocate for God’s mission of justice, compassion and reconciliation within Anglicanism and ecumenically.

He is a Consultant for Theological Education in the Anglican Communion (TEAC), and a past member of the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Mission and Evangelism.  He serves on the International Editorial Board for the Journal of Anglican Studies and is a founding organizer of the Anglican Contextual Theologians Network and the Global Anglicanism Project. 

In the Episcopal Church, Douglas is deeply engaged in both mission and inter-Anglican relations, serving most recently as Co-Chair of The Special Commission on The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, and member of the Special Legislative Committee of the General Convention responding to The Windsor Report.  Douglas is a member of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, and the Council has elected him to be The Episcopal Church’s clergy member of the Anglican Consultative Council.  In addition he is past Convener of the Episcopal Seminary Consultation on Mission and a founder of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation.  Douglas is a sought after speaker and consultant to the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church and dioceses of the Episcopal Church on matters of reconciliation in the Anglican Communion and with other Christian communities.

Douglas is an active and committed ecumenist, writing, teaching, and speaking on ecumenical affairs locally and across the United States. He is currently Chair of the Boston Theological Institute’s International Mission and Ecumenism Commission (a faculty body representing the nine seminaries and graduate schools of religion in the Boston area encompassing Roman Catholic, Orthodox and evangelical and mainline Protestant schools.)  He has contributed to the Ecumenical Hospitality Project resulting in the volume Receive One Another: Hospitality in Ecumenical Perspective edited by Diane C. Kessler, and has been part of a joint study program of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston and the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts on recent documents of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission.

Published widely in studies on mission, world Christianity, and contemporary Anglicanism, his most recent book is: Understanding the Windsor Report: Two Leaders in the American Church Speak Across the Divide, written in cooperation with Paul Zahl (Church Publishing, 2005). Douglas holds degrees from Middlebury College (B.A.), the Harvard University Graduate School of Education (Ed.M.), and Harvard Divinity School (M.Div.).  He completed his Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies with a focus in missiology at the Boston University Graduate School in 1993.

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