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Global Vision - Fall 2010

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Watch video of the 2010 Burgess Lecture


Burgess Lecture speaker Dr. Stephen Bevans with GMI staff Orin Cummings and Chenar Howard

The 2010 Burgess Lecture in Global Mission, entitled "Mission, Culture and the Reign of God" took place on Oct. 13, 2010.

This year's speaker was Stephen Bevans, S.V.D., Louis J. Luzbatek, S.V.D. Professor of Mission and Culture, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Ill. The lecture can be viewed by going to the Burgess Lecture page.

Stephen Bevans is a Roman Catholic Priest and member of the Society of the Divine Word, a Catholic missionary community. Ordained in 1971, Professor Bevans was missioned to the Philippines where he taught at a seminary in northern Luzon until 1981.

Since 1986, he has taught at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He completed the Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University, and has earned a Master's degree and Ph.D from the University of Notre Dame. Professor Bevans has served on the board of directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America and as president of the American Society of Missiology.

He has edited seven books and authored five, including Models of Contextual Theology (1992, 2002), An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective (2009), and, with Roger Schroeder, Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission For Today (2004). In Spring of 2011 Orbis Books will publish Mission as Prophetic Dialogue, which Professor Bevans co-authored with Roger Schroeder.

While on campus, Professor Bevans visited classes and shared sections from his upcoming book.  In addition, he met with faculty, spent time with President and Mrs. Bliese, and presented the weekly Mission and Ministry Forum, sponsored by the Global Mission Institute and Cross-Cultural Education, on the subject, "If Salvation Lies Outside the Church, Why Evangelize?"