The second part of the Twin Consultation will be held from 18 to 22 May, 2016 in Halle/Saale in the state of Sachsen-Anhalt in Germany. It will be hosted by Francke Foundations Halle (Franckeschen Stiftungen zu Halle).
Prof. Dr. Monika Wohlrab-Sahr, Germany: The heartland of Protestant Reformation and the most secularized part of the world. Eastern Germany as a provocation for the Churches.
Monika Wohlrab-Sahr was born 1957 in Selb/Germany. She has studied Protestant Theology and Sociology. She holds a doctorate in sociology from Philipps-University Marburg (1991) and a habilitation from Free University in Berlin (1998). From 1999-2006, Wohlrab-Sahr has been professor of Sociology of Religion at the University of Leipzig, since then she has been professor of Cultural Sociology in Leipzig.
She has been visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, the European University Institute in Florence, the Centre for Advanced Study at JNU in New Delhi and at the University of Montréal. As a member of the research team, she has participated in the 4th membership survey of the Protestant Church in Germany.
She has done research on conversion to Islam, Islam in Europe, secularity in East Germany, and on Multiple Secularities. Presently she is one of the directors (with Christoph Kleine) of the newly founded Humanities Centre of Advanced Study on “Multiple Secularities: Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities”. One of her publications is: Wohlrab-Sahr, M./Karstein, U./Schmidt-Lux, Th.: Forcierte Säkularität. Religion und Generationendynamik im Osten Deutschlands. Frankfurt/M. 1999 (Campus).
For a full curriculum see http://www.sozphil.uni-leipzig.de/cm/kuwi/mitarbeiter/monika-wohlrab-sahr/#ZurPerson
Prof. Dr. Jerry Pillay, South Africa: Reformation and Transformation today: Theological Essentials of Reformation Tradition for Public Witness of Churches and Transformation of Society as seen from the perspectives of the South.
The Rev. Prof. Dr. Jerry Pillay was elected as the first President of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) in 2010 and he is currently professor and Head of Department of Church History and Church Polity at the University of Pretoria. He served as General Secretary of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA) from 2008-2014.
During 2004-2006 he held the office of Moderator of the UPCSA. Prof Pillay has a wide knowledge of the Church having served, and continues to serve, as convener and member of numerous General Assembly Committees and Ecumenical organisations.
Beginning from his days as a student he has had a very wide interest and involvement in ecumenical matters, church unity and Christian mission. As a pastor he formed and led ecumenical groups wherever he has served in congregations and has represented his denomination in ecumenical bodies both inside and outside of South Africa.
He served on the Executive of the South African Council of Churches and the National Religious Leaders Forum in South Africa. He is currently a patron of the South African Church Leaders Indaba (SACLI). In addition Prof. Pillay is leading unity talks within the Dutch Reformed family in South Africa and is facilitating the process of reconciliation.
Following secondary education he enrolled at the University of Durban- Westville completing his Bachelor of Theology (honors) and Master of Theology (M.Theol). By academic profession Dr. Pillay specializes in the area of Missiology, Church History and New Testament Studies and he completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town. He is also an Extraordinary Professor in Systematic Theology and Public Life at Stellenbosch University.
In 2013 he was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Debrecen in Hungary.
Jerry is married to Sandra and they are blessed with three children.
Tammy Jackson, U.S.A.: Reformation and Transformation today – Challenges, potentials and learning experiences for Leadership Development and Diaconia today.
Tammy Jackson completed a Master of Science degree in Public Service Management at De Paul University in Chicago, Illinois, and is currently attending the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in the Master of Arts in Theological Studies program.
She has worked on the churchwide staff of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in a variety of leadership roles since 1987.
Tammy currently serves as the director for the International Leaders Program in the Global Mission unit of the ELCA.
In this role she works with ELCA global companions in supporting the development of emerging and current leaders through education and training grants, in providing international internships for pastoral formation through the Horizon International Internship Program and Global Sabbaticals for ELCA seminary professors sent to teach internationally.
Additionally, Tammy oversees an exciting new ELCA initiative, “International Women Leaders,” a project of Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA. In response to gender disparity in education in the church and society, the International Women Leaders initiative provides scholarship awards and leadership development opportunities to women endorsed by ELCA’s global companions. For additional information on the International Leaders Program go to: http://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Global-Church/Global-Mission/International-Leaders?_ga=1.208529617.2104155311.1460056499
Tammy is an active member of Holy Family Lutheran Church in Chicago and in her spare time, she enjoys running and spending time with family and friends.
Bishop Prof. Dr. John Sadananda, India: Reformation and Education today – Challenges, potentials and learning experiences for Education in a context of religious diversity and growing extremism in the South.
Bishop Prof. Dr. John S. Sadananda, Master of Serampore College/University India has served the Theological community and the Indian churches in different capacities for more than four decades. He hails from the Basel Mission Tradition which is now an integral part of the Church of South India.
As an ordained minister of the Church of South India John Sadananda held several pastoral and administrative responsibilities in his Church. As a Professor in the field of Old Testament with a Doctorate from Georg-August Univerity, Goettingen, Germany in 1983 he served the academic fraternity as Director of Karnataka Theological Research Institute and Principal of Karnataka Theological College, Mangalore.
He was also the Executive Secretary of Karnataka Christian Educational Society and Chairperson of Diocesan and Inter-diocesan Education Board. In the year 2009 he was called to serve as the Bishop of the Church of South India in Karnataka Southern Diocese from where he superannuated at the age of 65. He has given leadership to the Senate of Serampore College/University as the Secretary of the Board of Theological Education, as the President of the Senate and now as the Master of Serampore College and the President of its Council.
His vision is to link theological education and secular education. He always stood for the promotion of contemporary thinking in theological education with radical concerns for paradigm shifts and emerging trends in Asian Christian thinking and spirituality.
The passion in his ministerial career is to foster communion with people of other churches and faiths; integrating different theological streams and linking with different theological networks in Asia and striving for communion with margins. He continues to contribute to the cause of ecumenical theological education in a wider sense.
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