The annual Winifred E. Weter Faculty Award Lecture for Meritorious Scholarship provides a public platform in which the claims of the liberal arts in the Christian university are espoused. Delivered each year by a SPU faculty member selected by the Faculty Status Committee, the Weter Lecture honors Winifred E. Weter, SPU professor emerita of classics. Her teaching career spanning 40 years (1935-75) exemplifies a life of Christian character and integrity. Her love for the study of classical languages and literature inspired a similar enthusiasm in thousands of her students, and this lecture continues that tradition of inspiration.
The 2017 Winifred E. Weter Lecture –
The World is Our Parish: Struggling with Catholicity in our Western Context
Dr. Daniel Castelo
Monday, April 10, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Upper Gwinn Commons, SPU Campus
The Rev. Dr. Daniel Castelo is a Christian theologian who is particularly interested in divine attribution, practical theodicy, pneumatology, the theological interpretation of Scripture, the intersection between Wesleyan and Pentecostal theologies, epistemic and cultural contextualization, and Latino/a studies. He has lectured and given academic presentations in England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Honduras, Brazil, El Salvador, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, and various locations in his native countries, the USA and Mexico. He is the author and editor of several books as well as a number of essays in academic theological journals and collections.
Given demographic changes, Christianity is significantly a non-Western religion today, yet those of us in the West continue to perpetuate a kind of privilege in the way we speak and understand Christianity in part because of the intimate connections between Christianity and the West historically. What would be involved for Western Christians to change course and truly believe, as they confess, that they are part of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church? Especially in terms of catholicity, Western Christians face a fork in the road: either to perpetuate certain habits and thought-forms of an increasingly bygone era or to learn the gospel anew through non-Western eyes so as to identify with the universal Church.The challenge is deeply spiritual but also moral and so worth exploring extensively.
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