CEEAMS Annual Conference 2021 program (1st draft)

Mission Matters: Trends, Challenges, and New Perspectives in Christian Mission in Central and Eastern Europe

CEEAMS Annual Conference 2021 23-25 February 2021-ONLINE

Program (1st draft: subject to change)

Please note, that all times are CET!

Tuesday, the 23rd of February

9:30-10:00 Opening Greetings, Morning Devotion, Announcements

10:00-10:45: Keynote lecture by Rev. Jr. Prof. Dr. Cristian Sonea

Babes-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania, Orthodox Department

30 min keynote presentation plus 15min discussions

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

10:45-11:15 Parallel Sessions

Session 1 Mission and Society- Engaging the Socio-Political Spheres A

  1. Valentin Kozhuharov: The Teaching Ministry of the Church under the Shadow of Recent “Liberal” Shifts in Traditional Values in Understanding Human Beings and Families (CEE)
  2. Pavol Bargár: The Phenomenon of “F-word Pseudoreligion” as a Challenge in Mission in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

Co-chairs:

Session 2 Exploring Missional “Place” in God’s World

  1. Mihail Ciopașiu: The Role of Place in Mission
  2. Melody Wachsmuth: A Side Salad or Main Course?: An Argument for the Theological Importance of Creation Care in Southeastern Europe

Co-chairs:

Session 3 Contextual Approaches to Education

  1. Mihai-Viorel Hirt: Education – Cultural and Ethical Differences
  2. Viktoria Soltesova: Children ´s Images of God in Mission among the Roma in Slovakia

Co-chairs:

Session 4

  1. Doru Marcu – The Ecumenical Reception of the Activity and Theology of Rev. Ion Bria (1929-2002)
  2. Teofil Stanciu- Kenosis as a way of identifying with unbelievers in Anthony Bloom’s conception on „atheist” Christ

12:15-12:45 Debriefing Plenary

Wednesday, the 24th of February

9:30-10:00 Bible Exposure, Announcements

10:00-10:45 Keynote lecture by Dr. David Hosaflook

Institute for Albanian and Protestant Studies/University of Tirana

30 min keynote presentation plus 15min discussions

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

10:45-11:15 Parallel Sessions

Session 1 Mission and Society- Engaging the Socio-Political Spheres B

  1. Corneliu Constantineanu: Public Theology as Mission: An    Argument for Christian Public Witness in Central and Eastern Europe
  2. Gyöngyi Mazsu: From God-Church-World to God-World-Church:    Hoekendijk´s Understanding of the Church-Mission Relationship in the Light of the Ecumenical movement

Co-chairs:

Session 2 Cultural and sociological insights informing contextual mission

  1. Tim Noble: Musings on Mission and Mushrooms
  2. Szilárd Amadé Jóföldi: Results and Increment of Hungarian Sociological Research on Religion after the Change of Regime for Church Building Concepts

Co-chairs:

Session 3 Partnership in Mission

  1. Üllas Tankler: Theology of Partnership in Mission
  2. Miroslav Čobrda: Local Churches’ Benefit from Short-Term Missions Teams: Analysis of the Experiences of Evangelical Churches in Serbia

Co-chairs:

Session 4

  1. David Symon
  2. Árpád Fosztó

12:15-12:45 Debriefing Plenary

Thursday, the 25th of February

9:30-10:00 Bible Exposure, Announcements

10:00-10:45 Keynote lecture

30 min keynote presentation plus 15min discussions

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

10:45-11:15 Parallel Sessions

Session 1  Theological Education in Shifting Contexts

  1. Joshua T. Searle: The EAAA and Prospects for the Reform of the Post-Soviet Evangelical Movement (Ukraine)
  2. Sasa Bakic: Roma Bible School in South-Eastern Europe

Co-chairs:

Session 2 Case Studies: Pastoral Training and “Fresh Expressions”

  1. Barry Sloan: INSPIRE-Chemnitz – A Missional experiment    (Germany)
  2. Cameron Armstrong & Preston Pearce: IMB at ITBB: Partnerships from the beginning (Romania)

Co-chairs:

Session 3 COVID and Church Practice

  1. Gabriel Sorescu: Current Missionary and Pastoral Changes and Their Consequences: A Christian-Orthodox Perspective
  2. Kristina Ecis: Use of Digital Tools in a Small Town Church in Latvia

Co-chairs:

12:15-12:45 Debriefing Plenary

12:45-16:00 Break

16:00-18:00 CET:  CEEAMS General Assembly

Remarks:

The Bible Exposures will be given by J.N.J Klippies Kritzinger, Kristina Ecis, and Tim Noble

For general questions, please contact the conference coordinator: Taylor Denyer (info@ceeams.org)

For questions regarding the program, please contact dorottya.nagy@ceeams.org or pavol.bargar@ceeams.org.

The Organizing Committee:

Pavol Bargár

Taylor Denyer

Anne-Marie Kool

Dorottya Nagy

and Melody Wachsmuth

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