Mission Theology Conference
The Diocese of Dallas takes a global leadership role as it brings Anglican scholars from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to Dallas for a Mission Theology in the Anglican Communion conference on evangelism and witness, bringing together worldwide experts in a forum to exchange ideas and best practices.
Theologians from around the world will gather at the diocese’s Canterbury House from May 29 to June 2, to present and discuss papers on mission and evangelism. Respondents from the United States and the United Kingdom will offer feedback. Once final edits are made, the papers will be gathered into a book and published serve as a precursor to the 2020 Lambeth Conference. The book aims to explore the missional priorities of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, who will write the book's foreword.
The Mission Theology in the Anglican Communion project is sponsored by the Anglican Communion Office and aims to raise up new “doctors of the Church” in the global south to write, network, publish and engage with theologians in the global north, in service of the renewal of the worldwide Church and to deepen the ties that bind us together in one global fellowship as Anglicans. In attendance will be the project's founder, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Graham Kings of the Church of England, and Dr. Muthuraj Swamy, its current editor, who has recently been named Director of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide at Cambridge University.
"I am delighted that this gathering is taking place here in Dallas," commented the Rev. Canon Jordan Hylden, who serves as canon theologian for the Diocese of Dallas. "It will be an excellent and very rare opportunity for scholars from around the Anglican Communion to meet one another face-to-face and exchange ideas, and for us here in Dallas to hear from Anglican theologians around the world,” Hylden said. “What better way for us to serve the Lambeth Conference's cause of walking, listening, and witnessing together? No doubt the published book will gather the fruits of this conversation and serve as a rich resource for the Lambeth bishops as they consider how to bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a diverse world."
In Dallas, an evening public forum is scheduled at 7 p.m., May 31, at the diocesan Canterbury House, 3308 Daniel Avenue. This offers a rare opportunity to learn about mission and evangelism in global perspective and about the rest of the diverse global Anglican world. Below is a list of presenters and respondents.
Dr. Joanildo Burity
Dr. Joanildo Burity is a Brazilian academic and Anglican layperson. He has a PhD from Essex University and has done extensive research on religion and politics in Brazil. He is a lead researcher and professor at the Joaquim Nabuco Foundation, a social research center, and is a postgraduate teaching fellow in Sociology and Politics at the Federal University of Pernambuco, both in Recife, Brazil. He is an active member of the Anglican Diocese of Recife and has served as Provincial representative to the Anglican Consultative Council. He is married to Giovanda, and they have two daughters and one beautiful granddaughter.
The Rev. Dr. Joseph Galgalo
The Rev. Dr. Joseph Galgalo is Vice Chancellor of St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya, and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology. He earned a PhD in Systematic Theology from the University of Cambridge. Dr. Galgalo is an ordained minister in the Anglican Church of Kenya and honorary Canon of All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi, Kenya. He has a keen interest in inter-contextual and contextual theologies as well as theological education. A family man as well, he is married to Jane Galgalo and has three children.
The Rev. Dr. Vicentia Kgabe
The Rev. Dr. Vicentia Refiloe Kgabe is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa with a MA in Practical Theology and a PhD in Practical Theology from the University of Pretoria. She has served as a parish priest in eight parishes in the diocese of Johannesburg. She also held the post of Director of Ordination Process in the Diocese of Johannesburg. She is currently the Rector of College of Transfiguration Theological College in Grahamstown, which is the only residential seminary and training center in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. She also lectures on topics of Pastoral Care & Counselling, Youth Ministry, and Doing Theology with Women of Southern African. She is passionate about issues of social justice and active citizenry and has contributed to numerous theological publications and newspaper articles.
The Rev. Dr. Marianela de la Paz Cot
The Rev. Dr. Marianela de la Paz Cot was born in Camagüey, Cuba on October 2, 1963. She is part of a pastoral family, and her parents have served as priests for many years. Her mother was a Suffragan Bishop until her death in 2010, and her father continues to serve as an assistant to the Dean of the Cathedral in Havana. She is Priest-in-Charge of San Felipe el Diácono Episcopal Church in Limonar, Matanzas, Cuba, as well as Professor of Practical Theology at the Evangelical Seminary of Theology in Matanzas. She is also Coordinator of the Lay Formation Program of the diocese and President of the Board of Examining Chaplains.
The Rev. Dr. Lydia Mwaniki