I am pleased to announce the fourth annual Austin Graduate School of Theology – First Things Lecture, to be held in Austin, Texas, on Monday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m. This year’s speaker will be Ephraim Radner. Radner is Professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College, an evangelical seminary of the Anglican tradition at the University of Toronto.
Austin Graduate School of Theology is excited to cooperate in this lecture once again with First Things, which is one of the most widely read and influential religious journals in the United States. As an ecumenical endeavor—featuring regular contributions from Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and evangelical Protestant writers—the publication shares many of the same concerns dear to the original Restoration Movement. The journal also shares much in common with Austin Grad in particular, whose mission is to promote knowledge, understanding, and practice of the Christian faith by equipping Christians and churches for service in the Kingdom of God.
Radner will be speaking on “Ecumenism in a Post-Christian Society.” He writes, “The de-Christianization of many Western societies has not encouraged a movement towards Christian unity. Instead, new lines of division have emerged, ones which ecclesial structures have been unable to navigate without new forms of Christian conflict. This talk will examine some of the dynamics at work in this newly divisive context, and analyze elements that inform alternative ecumenical witness, such as the Chemin Neuf Community.”
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