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2000 Years of Christianity in Africa

Date: February 4, 2008

"Conversations on 2000 Years of Christianity in Africa & the Diaspora," a weekend of events to be held this weekend, February 7-9, will be held on the campus of Andrews University as a part of Black History Month Celebration. Authors, theologians and scholars from across the country have been assembled by the Sabbath in Africa Study Group, to explore a truer depiction of the story of Christianity in Africa. Elder Charles Bradford, past president of the North American Division, will speak for chapel on Thursday at 10:30 a.m., and again for 8:15 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. worship service at Pioneer Memorial Church. Prolific New Testament scholar, Craig Keener of Palmer Theological Seminary, will be one of the keynote speakers. Keener stands at the forefront of contemporary New Testament scholarship, having published fourteen books, including three commentaries that have won Christianity Today Book Awards. He teaches at Palmer Theological Seminary near Philadelphia.

The events are sponsored in part by the Black History Month Planning Committee, and are free and open to the public. A complete schedule of events follows:

Day/Time Speaker(s) Title/Theme

Thursday, February 7

Chapel – 10:30-11:20 am
Pioneer Memorial Church

Charles E. Bradford

The Great African Prophets





Conversation #1 – 2:00-3:00pm, Seminary Chapel


Bertram Melbourne,
Respondent: Russell Staples
Moderator:  Joseph Warren


From Jerusalem to Johannesburg

Conversation #2 -3:15-4pm,
Seminary Chapel



Joint Worship- 7pm,
Garber Auditorium,
Chan Shun Hall

Emory Tolbert,
Respondent: Robert Johnston
Moderator: Timothy Nixon


Keith Burton

Ethiopia:  The Struggle for Independence



The Blessing of Africa

Friday, February 8

Conversation #3 – 9:00-10:00 am, Seminary Chapel

Kofi Owusu-Mensa
Respondent: Gordon Doss
Moderator: Jeanette Bryson

The Akan God of Saturday

Conversation #4 – 10:30-11:45 am, Seminary Chapel

Emory Tolbert
Respondent: Lael Caesar
Moderator: Lionel Matthews

The Diaspora

Conversation #5 – 1:30-2:30 pm

Joan Francis and Douglas Morgan
Respondent: Cliff Jones
Moderator: Cliff Jones

Updating the Curriculum

Conversation #6  Vespers – 7:30-8:30 pm

Craig Keener
Respondent:Timothy Nixon

Defending Black Faith

Sabbath, February 9

Sabbath School, 9:45-10:45 am, Pioneer Memorial Church

Worship Service – 8:15 and 11:20 am, Pioneer Memorial Church

Bertram Melbourne
(Sabbath School Lesson Author)

Charles Bradford

Ethnicity and Discipleship


No Child Left Behind


Conversation # 7—3:30-4:15pm, Seminary Chapel


Conversation # 8 – 4:30-5:15pm, Seminary Chapel


Questions and Answers,
5:30-6:00pm, Seminary Chapel


Douglas Morgan
Respondent: Nicholas Miller
Moderator: Harold Lee


Craig Keener
Respondent: Robert Johnston
Moderator: Harold Lee

Sabbath in Africa Study Group


The Great Controversy and the Coming of Global Christianity


Acts 8: 26-40

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