"Rooted in the Word - Engaged in the World" is the theme for the fifteenth International Consultation for Theological Educators, sponsored by the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE), October 15-19, 2012, in Nairobi, Kenya. Christopher Wright of Langham Partnership, Douglas Birdsall of the Lausanne Movement, David Baer of Overseas Council, and Geoffrey Tunnicliffe of the World Evangelical Alliance will be the conference leaders. ICETE consultations gather leaders in evangelical theological education from around the world for professional interaction and reflection. For details, go to www.icete-edu.org or http://icetedu.wordpress.com.
The Institute of English Literature at Zhejiang University, the Institute of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen, and the Department of History at the University of Durham invite scholars to an international symposium, Sinology and Sino-Foreign Cultural Relations and Exchanges, to be held in Hangzhou, China, November 14-16, 2012. Lauren Pfister, director of the Centre for Sino-Christian Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, and Xiaoxin Wu, director of the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, University of San Francisco, will be keynote speakers. For details, e-mail sinoforei firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by Mission Training International, Palmer Lake, Colorado (www.mti.org/mhm.htm), the 2012 Mental Health and Missions Conference will meet November 15-18 in Angola, Indiana. The annual gathering seeks to provide mutual encouragement and professional development for mental health professionals active in the care of Christian cross-cultural workers.
"Relations Between East Asia and the United States in the Nineteenth Century" is the theme of an international symposium to be held December 14-17, 2012, in memory of Samuel Wells Williams, an important figure in relations between East Asia and the United States in the nineteenth century. Williams, one of the earliest missionaries to China, was the first university professor of sinology in the United States. Hosted by the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), the symposium is sponsored by BFSU's Research Center of Overseas Sinology, by the Institute for Cultural Interaction Studies of Kansai University, Osaka, Japan, and by the Macau Foundation. For details, go to www.csrs.shu.edu.cn.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship will hold its twentythird Urbana Student Missions Conference December 27-31, 2012, at the America's Center Convention Complex, St. Louis, Missouri. Thousands of college-age participants will be challenged by mission leaders and pastors, meet with hundreds of mission organization representatives, attend focused seminars, study the Bible inductively with other students, and consider mission as a career and a lifestyle. For details, go to http://urbana.org.
The 2012 New Wilmington Mission Conference, a multigenerational Presbyterian Church (USA)-related conference (nwmcmission.org) that attracts youth ages 12 to 24, will be held July 21-28 at Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.
The Business as Mission Think Tank will host a Global Congress on Business as Mission (http://bamthinktank.org/congress) April 25-28, 2013, in Thailand. Founded a decade ago under the auspices of the Lausanne Movement's Forum for World Evangelization, the group produced the Lausanne Occasional Paper on Business as Mission (www.lausanne.org/en/documents/lops/875-lop-59.html) and seeks to help shape a growing global movement.
A Master of Arts in Christian Theology with a mission emphasis will be offered beginning in September 2012 through the Cambridge Theological Federation, Cambridge, England. The "mission pathway" is designed for those who "wish to reflect on a variety of mission practices in Britain and across the globe, informed by the disciplines of apologetics and biblical studies," according to Emma Wild-Wood, director of the Henry Martyn Centre, Westminster College, Cambridge. …