Jesus and Justice: Mission in Christ's Way

July 8-11, 2019 | Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Did Jesus really teach social justice? Should Christian mission be focused on evangelism or on the needs of the poor and disenfranchised? Is it enough to just work for justice and peace, or do the claims of Jesus as Lord and Savior actually make a difference in the outcome? Should advocacy be rooted in spirituality? These are some of the questions we’ll be exploring at the 2019 Lesslie Newbigin Summer Institute.

Registration is currently closed.

About this Year's Institute

The Protestant missionary and theologian, Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), was a skilled evangelist who spent his entire life working for social justice—from rural villages and urban centres in India, to immigrant communities in the UK during his “retirement.” He believed that the church’s mission was grounded in Jesus’ own mission: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19).

Going beyond charity—feeding the poor—Newbigin wanted to ask deeper questions about why people were poor. He faced the same criticism as Brazilian Catholic Archbishop Hélder Câmara, who famously said, “When I feed the poor, they call me a saint; when I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist.” But Newbigin believed that in Jesus Christ the reign of God had drawn near to the world, and that the Spirit would empower his followers—the Jesus movement—to both invite people to accept God’s reign (evangelism) as well as to discern faithful action for truth, for justice, and mercy. He believed that in the 21st century that would require serious engagement with questions of militarism, economic inequality and care of the environment.

Join us this July as we explore the theme of “Jesus and Justice.” Looking through the lens of Newbigin’s pioneering theology, we’ll be led by outstanding scholars and practitioners of mission in Christ’s way. We’ll explore ways the good news of Jesus empowers us to strive for peace and justice among all people, respecting the dignity of every person in our communities, our countries, and our planet.

Highlights of the Week

  • Expert teaching on the thought of Lesslie Newbigin and its contemporary implications
  • Historic walking tours of Cambridge
  • A punting trip in the historic centre of Cambridge
  • Opportunities for discussion and relaxation
  • Worship at the Chapel of Magdalene College (where C.S. Lewis was professor of Renaissance and Medieval Literature)

DAY ONE

Monday, July 8th

9:00-9:30 AM Registration
9:30-11:00 AM Session 1: Welcome, Introductions & Morning Prayer | Scot Sherman
11:00-11:30 AM Coffee/Tea break
11:30-1:00 PM Session 2: Krish Kandiah “Irreducible, irreplaceable: How Lesslie Newbigin challenges emaciated approaches to the gospel.”
1:00-2:00 PM Lunch
2:00-3:30 PM Afternoon Activities: Cambridge Walking Tour
4:00-5:30 PM Public Lecture: Stephen Bevans

DAY TWO

Tuesday, July 9th

9:00-9:30 AM Morning Prayer (Chapel)
9:30-11:00 AM Session 1Peter Choi
11:00-11:30 AM Coffee/Tea break
11:30-1:00 PM Session 2:  Scot Sherman
1:00-2:00 PM Lunch
2:00-3:15 PM Optional Activities: Punting Trip (please RSVP)
Walk to Grantchester
5:00-6:00 PM Afternoon Squash

DAY THREE

Wednesday, July 10th

9:00-9:30 AM Morning Prayer (Chapel)
9:30-11:00 AM Session 1Elaine Storkey
11:00-11:30 AM Coffee/Tea break
11:30-1:00 PM Session 2: Paul Weston
1:00-2:00 PM Lunch
2:00-3:15 PM Optional Activity: Chained Library Tour (please RSVP)
5:00-6:00 PM Afternoon Squash

DAY FOUR

Thursday, July 11th

9:00-9:30 AM Morning Prayer (Chapel)
9:30-11:00 AM Session 1Ash Barker “Demonstrating hope: Becoming sign, foretaste and instrument of God’s kingdom in a place.”
11:00-11:30 AM Coffee/Tea break
11:30-1:00 PM Wrap-up and Discussion
1:00-2:00 PM Lunch
4:00-5:30 PM Public LectureChristena Cleveland
5:45-6:15 PM Afternoon Drinks: Pepys Library Colonnade
6:30-7:30 PM Closing Chapel Service (Magdalene Chapel)
7:30-10:00 PM Closing Banquet (Westminster College – RSVP required)
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Christena Cleveland

Duke University

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Elaine Storkey

Public Theologian

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Stephen Bevans

Catholic Theological Union

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Ash Barker

Urban Shalom Society

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Krish Kandiah

Home for Good

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Paul Weston

Newbigin Centre

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Scot Sherman

Newbigin House of Studies

Dr. Scot Sherman is the Executive Director of the Newbigin House of Studies, a center for graduate theological education and spiritual formation based in San Francisco. He oversees the Newbigin Fellowship, a nine-month intensive training program that seeks to provide a framework for wise integration of faith, work, and life, and hosts the speaker series Conversations For the Common Good. He is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M), and the University of Wales (Ph.D).

Scot’s doctoral dissertation focused on the early ecumenical influence of the British missionary-theologian Lesslie Newbigin, a pioneer in thinking through the challenges facing churches in the contemporary West. He is currently working on his first book, an exploration of the ideas of the French philosopher and social theorist René Girard.

Scot lives with his wife, Catherine, and they have four sons. He loves opera, detective fiction, playing the piano, and goes wine tasting as often as possible.

Peter Choi

Newbigin House of Studies

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Conference Details

Location
Trinity Hall at University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Dates
July 8th-11th, 2019

Costs

Early Registration (Before Feb 28) £299 / $399
Standard Registration £349 / $469
Accommodations 5 Nights: £375 / $500
Activity: Punting Included with registration (One Guest ticket= £15 / $25)
Activity: Chained Library Tour Included with registration (One Guest= No additional cost)
Closing Banquet Included with registration (One Guest ticket= £50 / $70)