Into All the World: Christian Mission in a Pluralistic Age
100th Annual Earl Lectures and Pastoral Conference
"Into All the World: Christian Mission in a Pluralistic Age" was the theme of PSR's 100th annual Earl Lectures and Pastoral Conference, held January 23–25, 2001 at First Congregational Church of Berkeley.
Lecturers included Abuna Elias Chacour, Palestinian Christian priest and recipient of the 1997 World Methodist Peace Prize for his work in non-violence and Middle East peace efforts; and Sharon D. Welch, Professor of Religious and Women's Studies at the University of Missouri—Columbia and author of Sweet Dreams in America: Making Ethics and Spirituality Work, and A Feminist Ethic of Risk. The Earl Preacher was Purity Nomthandazo Malinga, the first woman to be elected to the episcopacy in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.
Three Earl Lectures Panels featured conversation with several distinguished religious leaders and scholars. Heads of three Protestant denominations joined in a dialogue on "Christian Mission in an Inter-Denominational Context," including John H. Thomas, United Church of Christ President and General Minister; Richard Hamm, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada; and Randolph Nugent, General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church.
Renowned Alban Institute founder Loren B. Mead and his son, Walter Russell Mead, Senior Fellow for Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, participated in an inter-generational dialogue on "Living in a Culture with Christian Roots: Does it Make Any Difference?"
A third panel on "Christian Mission in an Inter-Faith Context" featured Mujahid Ramadan, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Conference for Community and Justice; Haruo Seigen Yamaoka, minister of the Buddhist Church of Oakland; and Laurie Zoloth, Professor of Ethics and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at San Francisco State University.
Workshop leaders included PSR faculty, ecumenical and interfaith leaders, community organizers, artists, health professionals, youth workers, and many others. Workshops included sessions on inter-faith worship; short-term mission projects and their potential to harm or help; Native American encounters with Christian mission; economic globalization; religion and the arts; youth culture; new models for Christian social service projects; and other topics of interest to clergy and lay leaders.