Does Pietism Provide a “Usable Past” for Today’s Churches?

That’s the question I and a number of church historians/pastors/intellectuals from other Pietist-influenced denominations will be answering during a panel discussion at Bethel University’s colloquium on Pietism, scheduled for April 20, 2012.

Here’s a bit more information about the colloquium and the panel, courtesy of event coordinator Chris Gehrz:

In addition to talks by Scot McKnight and Jon Sensbach, we’ll have a roundtable discussion asking whether Pietism provides a “usable past” for churches today.

In some ways, this is a reprise of a session at our 2009 research conference on “The Pietist Impulse in Christianity” — on the historiography of four denominations founded by Scandinavian immigrants — that we weren’t able to include in our book of the same title. But while two of those denominations will be represented again, we’ll also have panelists from three others, and this discussion is intended to move a bit further out of the realm of the academic and into that of contemporary church life.

The panelists include:

G.W. Carlson (Baptist General Conference/Converge Worldwide)
Professor of History and Political Science, Bethel University
Co-editor, The Baptist Pietist Clarion

Ryan Eikenbary-Barber (Evangelical Covenant Church)
Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Covenant Church, Minneapolis, MN
Blogs at Word and Story

Gracia Grindal (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
Professor of Rhetoric, Luther Seminary

Devin Manzullo-Thomas (Brethren in Christ Church)
Graduate student, Temple University
Blogs at The Search for Piety and Obedience

Francis Monseth (Association of Free Lutheran Congregations)
Dean, Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary

Stay tuned to The Search for Piety and Obedience for updates on what promises to be an interesting gathering.

(HT to The Pietist Schoolman for the info and the pic.)


About Devin Manzullo-Thomas

Father to Lucas. Husband to Katie. Prof and administrator at Messiah College. PhD student at Temple University. Member of Grantham BIC.
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One Response to Does Pietism Provide a “Usable Past” for Today’s Churches?

  1. dorothy gish says:

    Congrats on being one of the presenters. I’m praying for you as you prepare for that April meeting and I’m glad that you will be representing the BIC. I look forward to hearing what you learn.

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