Dr. Brian Stanley to Speak on "Discerning the Future of World Christianity" at the Friends of the Burke Library Fall Lecture
NEW YORK, November 1, 2010 –

The Friends of the Burke Library will sponsor a lecture given by Dr. Brian Stanley, Professor of World Christianity and Director of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh, on Monday, November 8, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.. In his lecture, "Discerning the Future of World Christianity: Vision and Blindness at The World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh 1910," Dr. Stanley will discuss to what extent speakers and delegates at the World Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh transcended the limitations of an imperial age and began to glimpse some of the directions that world Christianity would take over the ensuing century. The event will take place in Union Theological Seminary’s Social Hall, 3041 Broadway at 121st Street, and is free and open to the public.


The lecture is in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the World Missionary Conference in Edinburgh (1910). The Burke Library holds the records from this conference as part of its world-renowned Missionary Research Library.

A historian by training and inclination, Dr. Stanley is fascinated by the processes of change which take place whenever Christianity crosses cultural frontiers—which involve the way in which Christians understand and define their faith as well as the diverse and ambiguous responses which Christian missions have provoked in host societies.

Learn more about Dr. Stanley and The Friends of the Burke Library.

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