Faculty Attend Conference in Thailand

John Brown University’s Dr. David Vila, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, Dr. Holly Allen, associate professor of children and family ministries, and Dr. Dan Lambert, associate professor of youth ministry, attended a world evangelization in Pattaya, Thailand.

John Brown University’s Dr. David Vila, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, Dr. Holly Allen, associate professor of children and family ministries, and Dr. Dan Lambert, associate professor of youth ministry, attended a world evangelization in Pattaya, Thailand.

Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 12, 2004) — John Brown University’s Dr. David Vila, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, Dr. Holly Allen, associate professor of children and family ministries, and Dr. Dan Lambert, associate professor of youth ministry, recently attended the 2004 Forum for World Evangelization in Pattaya, Thailand. There were 1,517 invited representatives from 115 nations attending the conference. The theme of the conference was “The whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world.” The 2004 Forum is the third in a series of international conferences that have taken place every 15 years. The first was in 1974 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Each representative at the forum participated in one of 31 issue groups focused on Christianity in a global context. Many of the groups focused on strategies for reaching specific populations such as Muslims, Jews, postmodernists, at risk and inner city populations, and un-reached people groups. Other groups focused on related issues including bioethics, racial reconciliation, and media and technology. Vila was part of an issue group entitled: “Understanding Muslims.”  The group consisted of about 45 people from all over the world who work among and study Muslims and Islam.  His own contribution focused on the history of Christian-Muslim relations.  He presented a paper titled:  “Arab Christians and Islam: Conflict and Contributions.”  The paper is currently under consideration for publication in Christian Scholars Review. “I also spent an additional eight days traveling around Thailand doing research for a class I teach on Hinduism and Buddhism,” said Vila.  “I visited dozens of Buddhist temples and monasteries and spoke with numbers of monks and nuns about their faith and about how they view Christianity.”   Allen participated in the issue group, “Evangelization of Children.” Each issue group worked for months before the conference and for the six days of the conference to produce a document outlining strategies for the next fifteen years. Allen’s work in the field of child theology and intergenerational issues was incorporated into the document. Lambert’s issue group was “Reaching the Youth Generation.” The documents created within the issue groups will be available in November on the conference website at www.lausanne.org. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 39 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. ###

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John Brown University’s Dr. David Vila, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, Dr. Holly Allen, associate professor of children and family ministries, and Dr. Dan Lambert, associate professor of youth ministry, attended a world evangelization in Pattaya, Thailand.

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John Brown University’s Dr. David Vila, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, Dr. Holly Allen, associate professor of children and family ministries, and Dr. Dan Lambert, associate professor of youth ministry, attended a world evangelization in Pattaya, Thailand.