Saturday, 24 June 2017
8.45 am for 9 am start, concluding at 4 pm
1 Cross Street, Toowong
55; $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.
John will also cover elective seminars on ‘Law in Islam’ and ‘War in Islam’. Read below what the topics will cover.
Law is an integral part of the Islamic faith as it is to Judaism. Muslims who ask for the implementation of the shari’ah and Christians who oppose it hardly fully understand what exactly the shari’ah is made of. The workshop will help Christians to get a fuller and better understanding of the shari’ah especially as it relates to the laws of apostasy and blasphemy in the context of Christian mission.
War, or jihad is a pillar of Islam. In the present climate of Islamist terrorists’ attacks around the world, it is important for Christians to get a better grasp of the teaching on war in Islam. This workshop will help participants appreciate the place of war in Islamic thought and history in order to better respond theologically and missiologically to the challenge of radical Islam.
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’.
In the first seminar, participants will gain insight into the traditional approaches to mission among Muslim women and the different ‘faces’ of Muslim women in Indonesia. Participants will then learn some strategies to share the gospel with these contexts in mind.
Dwi Maria’s second seminar will explore the scriptural base used by fundamentalist Muslims, their relationship with the biblical texts and the method of interpretation being used which lead to acts of 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. Bernie’s talks will cover ‘The Qur’an—understanding the world’s most misunderstood book’ and ‘The Hadith—the traditions which reveal true Islam’.
For Muslims, the Qur’an is the literal word of God. But where did it come from, and what does it say? What is the Qur’an’s teaching on war, on women and on God? Bernie’s first seminar will assess the origins, content and significance of Islam’s holy book.
The Hadith are a mystery to most non-Muslims, and to many Muslims as well. This seminar will give an introduction to the books of the tradition which form the real backbone of Islamic law and practice. The various themes found in the Hadith and how they have contributed to Islam today will be discussed in Bernie’s second seminar.