Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity and Religious Pluralism
From September 10 to 13 2018, a conference took place under this theme in Hamburg, Germany. It was organized by the European Pentecostal Charismatic Research Association in collaboration with the Missions Academy at the University of Hamburg and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.
About 30 participants came from as far as Australia, Canada and South Africa to study the impact of Pentecostal and charismatic churches on the current spiritual as well as non-religious fabric in Western societies and in the Global South. One special focus was dedicated to the challenges migrant communities pose and how they have the potential to impact the historic curches. A strong case was made to integrate different Christian traditions of the world into multicultural churches, not just in terms of coexistence, but through cooperation and shared responsibility.
In order to combine theory with praxis the participants visited a family and integration centre in the heart of Hamburg that is run by a Lutheran church. It reaches out to the local communities from various Christian and non-Christian backgrounds.
About a dozen papers were presented and it is planned to publish them in a volume with Regnum Books.
The European Pentecostal Charismatic Research Association has maintained a collaboration with the European Pentecostal Theological Association for many years.
The First Session of the Seventh Phase of the International Catholic – Pentecostal Dialogue took place in Springfield, MO, USA, from 12 to 18 July 2018 between the Catholic Church and some Classical Pentecostal churches and leaders.
The Pentecostal Chair of the dialogue was Rev C. Mel Robeck, an EPTA member, who has sent us this press release