Saturday, 24 June 2017
8.45am for 9am start, concluding at 4pm
1 Cross Street, Toowong
45 early bird ($55 after 2 June); $25 concession (students, alumni & pensioners). Registration includes seminars, morning tea and lunch
BST’s annual missions conference is for anyone who is interested in local and global mission or keen to support it.
Our theme this year is building a culture of insight: understanding Islam with keynote speaker Dr John Azumah, Professor of World Christianity and Islam. His keynote presentations will cover “The Insider Movement: a new approach to Muslim evangelism” and “Making theological sense of Muhammad”. You’ll also hear from elective seminar speakers.
Rev Dr John Azumah is the Professor of World Christianity and Islam at Columbia Theological Seminary, Georgia. Originally from Bawku, Northern Ghana, John is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and is a visiting lecturer at a number of theological institutions. He is a graduate of Trinity Theological Seminary, Accra, where he received his Diploma in Christian Theology. John completed his Master of Arts and his PhD on the history of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa at the University of Birmingham. In addition to church ministry, John served as the Director of the Presbyterian Lay Training Centre in Tamale, as well as Research Fellow at the Akrofi-Christaller Institute and at the Henry Martyn Institute in Hyderabad. In 2006, he founded the Interfaith Research & Resource Centre in Accra and in September 2008, took up the position of Senior Lecturer in Missions and Islam and Director for the Centre of Islamic Studies at the London School of Theology in the United Kingdom. He joined Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia in August 2011 where he currently serves as Professor of World Christianity and Islam and Director of International Programs. John served on the World Council of Churches Interfaith Unit and as a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury Building Bridges Seminars. Currently, he serves as the Catalyst for Islam for the Lausanne Movement and has attended, convened, facilitated and presented papers at several international interfaith and academic seminars and conferences. Publications include The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa: A Quest for Inter-Religious Dialogue (2001); My Neighbour’s Faith: Islam Explained for Christians (2008); co-editor with Lamin Sanneh, The African Christian and Islam (2013); co-editor with Peter Riddell, Islam and Christianity on the Edge (2013); and several articles and book chapters on Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in various academic journals.
Dr Dwi Maria Handayani is a Lecturer and Deputy Dean of Academic Affairs at Bandung Theological Seminary in Indonesia. Her published works include Spiritual Formation for Today’s Indonesian Churches Through the Psalms of Lament (2012), and Lament Psalms and the Persecuted Churches in Asia (2013). She will be delivering two seminars at our conference including ‘Unveiling women in mission to the Muslim’, and ‘Curse and Lament in Religious Violence’.
Dr Bernie Power is the Missiologist at Melbourne School of Theology, and lectures at the Arthur Jefferey Centre for the Study of Islam. Originally trained as a teacher, Bernie holds degrees in Science, Education and Theology and has lived most of his working life in Muslim majority countries. His doctorate, comparative religion, compares early Islamic and Christian texts. Fluent in Arabic, he travels to many Muslim (and other) countries in his teaching role. Bernie’s book Understanding Jesus and Muhammad was shortlisted for Australian Christian Book of the Year in 2016.