Mission and Ministry (M&M) Forums

Typically, each Thursday lunch hour during the academic year, in the Olson Campus Center, the Global Mission Institute provides special discussion forums. These lunchtime forums are informal gatherings where the seminary community can learn about and discuss various topics, including cross-cultural ministry, missiology, opportunities for involvement in the global church, and issues of peace and social justice. Faculty and other knowledgeable presenters lead discussions, and attendees are welcome to come and go as needed. 

Spring 2014

Thursday, February 20

Wittenberg and Its Reformation

Professor Mary Jane Haemig and Students

Unable to make the J-term trip to Germany? Here's your chance to hear all about it! Come listen to the travelers tell tales and share pictures from their time in the land of Luther!

11.40 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.   +   OCC Auxiliary Dining Room

Thursday, March 6

Day on the Hill

Emilie Bouvier, M.A. Student

How does advocacy connect with the values of our faith traditions? Emilie Bouvier will share her insights from the world of interfaith advocacy, including her work with the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition. She will also offer information about the upcoming Day on the Hill (March 13) and how you can get involved in sharing your convictions with legislators.

11.40 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.   +   OCC Auxiliary Dining Room

Thursday, March 13

11.40 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.   +   OCC Seminar Room

Thursday, March 27

11.40 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.   +   OCC Auxiliary Dining Room

Thursday, May 1

11.40 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.   +   OCC Seminar Room


  • The forums are to connect the seminary experience to wider contexts by bringing to campus resource people in cross-cultural, global mission, and peace & justice areas of interest.

  • The program is to highlight the diversity and expertise of our students, staff, faculty, and community resources by creating times for sharing stories and experience.

  • The forums are to function as a vital link between the Global Mission Institute and the Cross-Cultural Education Program as well as the Mission and World Christianity emphasis.

Immediate Goals

  1. To promote conversation with people in faith, mission, and peace & justice work.

  2. To provide opportunities for learning which have a multi-cultural focus.

  3. To increase the visibility of the seminary's own cross-cultural resource people.

  4. To better connect the campus with other global contexts.

Long Range Goals

  1. To foster a spirit of cooperation and community among those interested in cross-cultural mission, ministry, and learning.

  2. To augment implications of Christian faith and seminary learning.