‘Grace in the Midst of Chaos’ Focus of NPTS Online Event

“Discovering Signs of God’s Grace in the Midst of Chaos” will be the second installment of the new online learning opportunity “Traditioned Innovation,” sponsored by North Park Theological Seminary.

The event will be held Wednesday, October 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. (CST). It is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register here to join by Zoom or visit the North Park Theological Seminary Facebook page to view the session.

Each installment of the pubic theology series includes short presentations, but overall the event is designed to be “formational and dialogical rather than a traditional one-way lecture,” said Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom, dean of faculty.

The monthly installments will run through the academic year, with a break in December. Each session will include a component that focuses on application.

The Covid-19 pandemic and racialized inequities in the church, nation, and the world require Christians to pursue “traditioned innovation,” said Clifton-Soderstrom, a concept that both critiques and draws from tradition while reimagining tradition for complex present and future realities.

This week’s session will feature seminary Old Testament scholars Jim Bruckner and Nate Clayton, discussing questions and answers God’s people wrestled with in times of crisis. Other presenters will include Michael Carrion, vice-president of church planting and leadership development for Redeemer City to City in Bronx, New York; and Khanh Nguyen, founder of cultural competency Counseling in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The moderator will be Dennis Edwards, professor of New Testament and biblical Greek.

The previous webinar, “Embodied Worship over Zoom? The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Online Worship,” is posted online.

 

 

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