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Newsletter November 2022

From the Director
Greetings from IBTS,
Critical global issues call for our attention and prayer. The war in Ukraine continues to feature significantly in the daily news. COP27 climate change conference is ongoing through this week in Sharm el-Sheikh. Later this month we are called to stand in solidarity and prayer to eliminate violence against women (25 November). The work of theology is engaging with these concerns (and many more) guiding us in our witness to Christ.

At the beginning of the Covid lock-down we moved to a new house and a neighbor unknown to us dropped a note through the door ‘take courage, hold fast’. It touched us deeply. Consider this a note through your door! “And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good!” (2 Thessalonians 3 v.13)

Mike Pears, Director.

Reimagining Learning & Mission in Community
We are delighted to announce the second round of Reimagining Learning & Mission in Community. Our courses provide the space to explore theology through creative conversations with leading Baptist educators. This course is centred around mission and learning, but presented in a different way, making it an ideal fit for those seeking flexible, online theological training.

The International Day to End Violence Against Women 2022
The World Evangelical Alliance has launched its campaign against domestic violence for this year by partnering with the red chair initiative, founded by our friend and colleague Dr. Valerie Duval-Poujol. The goal of the global action day (25th November) is to individually and collectively speak out for the women and girls who have lost their lives to violence. Valerie writes 'God wants us to have loving secure relationships, yet sadly, abuse and violence happens inside the Church. The vast majority of victims are women and girls.' Thanks to this campaign, the translation of new materials and resources has been made available.

‘Facing Harm: What to Do with the Theology of John Howard Yoder?’ -  Dr. Fran Porter
We would like to congratulate Dr. Fran Porter, a Senior Research Fellow and Chair of Academic Oversight Committee at IBTS, on her publication in Anabaptism Today. The article entitled ‘Facing Harm: What to Do with the Theology of John Howard Yoder?’ is available free via subscription here.

Journal of Baptist Theology in Context
Issue 7 of the JBTC (Journal of Baptist Theology in Context) is a special edition focused on the Baptist theologian James McClendon. Toivo Pilli, Director of Baptist Studies at IBTS, notes that ‘this an important step in the reception of McClendon in Europe’. You can read this edition here.

Employment Opportunity Baylor University
Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is the oldest college in Texas. Within it, the George W. Truett Theological Seminary is seeking to fill the following faculty position: World Christianity and Witness - Assistant, Associate or Full Professor (tenure-track or tenured), or Clinical Associate or Full Professor. Read the full information here.

Call for Proposals: Baptists and Global Missions
The Baptist Scholars International Roundtable (BSIR) invites proposals for its 17th annual meeting, to be convened at Christ Church, University of Oxford, August 6-9, 2023. For the next two years (2023-2024), the BSIR conference theme will be “Baptists and Global Missions.” Scholars are invited from a broad array of disciplines to consider how Baptists around the world have thought about missions and engaged in missionary work—as well as how locals of different backgrounds appropriated, resisted, and/or disseminated the message and work of Baptist missionaries. For further information, follow this link.

The deadline for submissions is 1st January, 2023.

Employment Opportunity at the University of the Gambia
The University of The Gambia is looking to hire a professor (potentially a foreign national) with a PhD in New Testament (or potentially theology) to teach in the Department of Christian Religious Studies. This university, located in Brikama, is the only national university of the country. A New Testament scholar would be the ideal candidate, but those with Doctorates in Theology are also invited to apply.

For more information, please contact office@globalscholarscanada.ca