INCHE Europe leaders have designated April 22-24, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary for their next conference. Hosted by INCHE member, Kάroli Gάspάr University, the theme is Building Community in Fractured Societies: Challenges for Christians in Higher Education. Concurrent session paper/presentation proposals are now invited with a November 15, 2019 deadline. Such proposals can focus on the general situation of European Christianity, the implications for universities/institutes, and effective practices in teaching and learning. Theological, pedagogical, historical, and sociological aspects of the conference theme can be considered. Details about the conference theme, speakers, call for proposals, registration, excursions, and lodging are available on the conference website at: inche.one/european-conference-2020.
The seventh INCHE Latin American Consultation will be held in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia from July 9 to 11, 2020. This consultation will take place in the context of the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Latin American Theological Fellowship (LATF). The general theme will be "Evangelical Identity and Public Impact in Latin America." Under this theme, we seek to answer questions about evangelical identity in the current context of the end of this second decade of the 21st century. The Evangelical Protestant sector finds itself in a context of great plurality, polarization and tensions of various kinds, making it difficult to think about homogeneous perspectives on action. This is very different from the moment of the birth of the LATF and immediate lustrums. We also seek to evaluate the public contribution that Evangelical Protestantism has had and is having, after these five-decades in which the LATF has been contributing to the theological renewal of the continent.
INCHE began its activities in the region in 1989 as a fraternal movement within the current of theological-missiological renewal, adding contributions from the specific field of Christian higher education and focusing on interdisciplinarity. Thus, the consultation next year seeks to join INCHE efforts with this great celebration. We will be joined by other organizations, some of which have come into being during these five decades, encouraged by pastoral and missiological contributions to the renewal of theological thought by LATF. Such is the case for the Community of Interdisciplinary Theological Studies (CETI), with whom INCHE has also joined efforts in its two past consultations (2014 and 2017). In a future newsletter INCHE will report in more detail regarding the specifics of the planned program.
October 3-5, 2019
Prince Conference Center, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Announcing the fourth biennial North American conference of the International Network for Christian Higher Education. For the first time, INCHE will co-host this conference with the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning. A pdf of the full conference schedule is here.
Registration and Lodging
A limited number of rooms are blocked for conference attendees at the Prince Conference Center. Call 616.526.7200 to reserve your room under the block and to arrange an airport shuttle. Read more about guest amenities here.
Find more information about getting around and things to do in Grand Rapids here
Luke Bretherton is professor of theological ethics and senior fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. He has worked with a variety of faith-based NGOs, mission agencies, and churches around the world. His books include Christianity and Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), winner of the 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing; Resurrecting Democracy: Faith, Citizenship and the Politics of a Common Life (Cambridge University Press, 2015); and Christ and the Common Life: Political Theology and the Case for Democracy (Eerdmans, 2019).
Faith Nguru is professor of mass communications and former academic dean at Daystar University, with research interests in communication, Christian worldviews, and education. She has also been involved in establishing and running a Christian elementary school and teacher training college. Her most recent publication is a co-authored chapter in Black/Africana Communication Theory published by Palgrave Macmillan (2018).
Tersur Aben is professor of theology and philosophy at Theological College of Northern Nigeria, Bukuru, where he served as college president from 2009-2016. He serves on the board of the International Network for Christian Higher Education (INCHE). He is also an educational consultant with University of Mkar and Rafiki Institute of Classical Education in Nigeria. Aben is a pastor in the Universal Reformed Christian Church (NKST) in Nigeria.
Marilyn Naidoo is professor of practical theology at the University of South Africa with a focus on religious education and empirical research. Her research focus is theological education and ministerial formation and she is a rated scholar with the National Research Foundation. Recent publications include Between the Real and the Ideal: Ministerial Formation in South African Churches (UNISA Press, 2012) and Contested Issues in Training Ministers in South Africa (Sun Media, 2015).
Ken Badley teaches in the department of education at Mount Royal University and is professor of education by special appointment at Tyndale University College. His most recent book, Curriculum Planning with Design Language: Building Elegant Courses and Units (Routledge, 2018), uses visual design terminology to conceptualize objectives, processes, and strategies for curriculum design.
On November 6-8, 2018 the IAPCHE All-African conference was hosted by the Institute for Foundational Studies of the North-West University (Potchefstroom, South Africa), in collaboration with AROS, a South African Christian higher education institution.
The conference theme was "Integral Christian Scholarship in Africa." Under this broad theme there were three streams for conference thinking and engagement: Worldview; Leadership; and Education.
Keynote speakers were:
Dr. Faith Nguru, former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics Affairs, Riara University, Kenya. Professor Nguru holds an M.A. in Christian ministries and a PhD in mass communications. Also, she is involved in Christian schooling and holds regular workshops for educators in the area of developing a Christian worldview. She serves as the Chair of Transformational Leadership Africa.
Dr. Bernard Boyo is professor of religion at Daystar University and dean of their School of Arts and Humanities. Professor Boyo holds advanced degrees in divinity and theology, including a doctorate of philosophy in theology. He has facilitated and spoken at numerous seminars and conferences across varied church and university circles.
Dr. David I. Smith is currently a Calvin College faculty member, where he is the founding Director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning and has been the Director of Graduate Studies in Education. Professor Smith also serves as the senior editor of the International Journal of Christianity and Education.
Dr. Bennie van der Walt was professor of philosophy at the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the director of the Institute for Reformational Studies. He is one of the founding members of IAPCHE.
Further details about this conference can be found at www.humanities.nwu.ac.za/iapche-africa-2018. More information about INCHE can be found at www.inche.one
IAPCHE is collaborating with member institution, Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, to host a conference on "Modeling Christ's Love within Professional Practice," which will be held from April 11-13, 2018, at ASB Arena, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.