The Fifth Annual Divinity School Ministry Conference

From the Ends of the Earth: Christianity and the 21st Century

University of Chicago Divinity School
1025 E. 58th St. Chicago, IL 60637

Friday, May 1st: 10am - 6pm
Banquet 6pm - 8pm

Saturday, May 2nd: 9am - 3pm
Art Gallery, Friday May 1st: 4 - 5:30 pm
"Alive in Addis" by David Johnson


The Conference is open to the public.

To register, e-mail
For questions or further information, you can also call 630-877-6322.

Keynote Addresses:


Kwok Pui Lan
Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality
Episcopal Divinity School

William Dyrness
Professor of Theology and Culture
Fuller Theological Seminary

Betta Mengitsu
Founding Member, Beza International Ministries
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Christianity is no longer a religion dominated by the West. It is estimated that by 2050, at least four-fifths of the world's then three billion Christians will be of non-European descent. The implications of such statistics require focused attention as we move into the 21st century. With this conference we hope to address issues that arise from contemporary transformations in Christianity. How is the co-incidence of the post-colony with the failures of nationalism influencing new forms of Christian leadership? How, in turn, do developing practices of Christian organization demand and resist new approaches to cooperation and unity? Finally, how do these things influence and even produce new self-understandings for Christians in America?

While building on important efforts of social scientists and missiologists, the 5th Annual Ministry Conference of the University of Chicago Divinity School will approach these topics with specifically ministerial and ecclesiological lenses. This conference seeks (1) to help deepen understanding of certain realities and potential futures of being Christian around the world for ministers, students and lay-persons as well as professional academics and (2) to equip the same with resources for engaging the issues of the conference further.
Featuring a broad ideological and geographical spectrum of speakers, please join us for this engaging and provocative two-day event!

Free and open to the public