Stott-Bediako Forum on the Gospel and the World Today: Christian Responses to Religious Extremism

Amman, Jordan

8-10 July, 2015

Dear friend of INFEMIT and OCMS,

On behalf of INFEMIT and OCMS, we would like to encourage you to join scholars and
practitioners from the Middle East and around the world for the Stott-Bediako Forum on Christian
Responses to Religious Extremism, which will be held in Amman, Jordan between 8-10 July, 2015.

The Stott-Bediako forum is an annual gathering of scholars and practitioners who are committed to
addressing the realities of the contemporary world in light of the Gospel. As its name suggests, the
forum follows in the footprints of John W.R. Stott and Kwame Bediako – Christian leaders who have
had a lasting impact on generations of Christian believers worldwide, particularly as they insisted on
the relevance of the Gospel for the world today. Both Stott and Bediako promoted a holistic
understanding of mission and highlighted the importance of constructive engagements of Christianity
and culture – preoccupations that are at the very heart INFEMIT and OCMS, the conveners of this
forum. For its third edition, the 2015 Stott-Bediako Forum will focus on the topic of “Christian Responses to
Religious Extremism.” We live in a world in which religiously motivated ideologies and religiously
justified acts of violence are unfortunate realities no one can escape. Whether a citizen of a wealthy,
militarily strong country or a member of a poor, struggling community, the consequences of religious
extremism are evident – inequality, discrimination, oppression and violence – all of which lead to
tragedies at personal and community levels. It is therefore imperative that responses to these realities
be sought and formulated also by people who hold allegiance to various expressions of Christian faith.
The Forum will attempt to address and reflect on some of the following subtopics: Christianity and
Islam, religiously motivated violence, religious ideologies, religious discrimination, religious
minorities, religious oppression and persecution, holy war, religious fundamentalism, Scriptures and

This year’s speakers include Martin Accad, Munther Isaac, Ruth Padilla DeBorst, Salim Munayer,
Johnson Mbillah, Maqsood Kamil, Nicolas Abou Mrad, Nadia Henry, and Wageeh Michael.

We are looking forward to hearing from you and hope that this event will be an opportunity for all of
us to reflect, discuss and understand our role in addressing redemptively such urgent matters within
our contexts. Please express you intent to attend and request further information from Chris Wilson


Corneliu Constantineanu and Wonsuk Ma,
on behalf of INFEMIT and OCMS

2015 Stott-Bediako Forum Registration







Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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