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The Global Shift of Mission: July 16-19, 2012, lecture series at Montreat Conference Center


Decatur, GA. The global shift of mission is the topic of the week during the Presbyterian History and Reformed Theology Lecture Series July 16-19 at Montreat Conference Center. This series will focus on global Christianity and feature experts from Africa, South America, Asia and the field of missiology.

Several internationally-known scholars will stretch and challenge our Western understanding of Christianity today: Justo Gonzalez (South America), Paul Huh (Korea), Eun Shik Cho (North Korea and the Philippines), Yonggyu Lee (China, and Mongolia), Raj Nadella (India), John Azumah (Africa), and Marsha Snulligan-Haney (missiology). The daily lectures will be facilitated by Deborah F. Mullen, dean of faculty and executive vice-president at Columbia Theological Seminary, and Paul T. Roberts, dean and president of Johnson C. Smith Seminary.

The series, now in its sixth year, will take place from 9:00 – 11:30 AM in Convocation Hall in Assembly Inn. Paul Huh will lead a time of worship and song from 9:00 – 9:30 AM, using music and hymnody associated with the geographic area of the day. A hymn sing, featuring new music from GLORY TO GOD, the new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) hymnal, will take place at 7:00 PM on Tuesday evening July 17, also in Convocation Hall.

The event is sponsored by Columbia Theological Seminary, Johnson C. Smith Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center, and the Montreat Conference Center. Advance registration is not required, and there is no charge for this event.

For more information about the lecture series, contact Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning at or call 404.687.4587. For more information about Montreat Conference Center, call 828.419.9807 or visit

Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The seminary offers seven graduate degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Educational Ministry, and Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Currently 421 students are enrolled, representing 30 denominations, 34 states, and 10 countries. For more information, visit

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