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Press Release from the Society for Pentecostal Studies

Editor’s note: Many of the editors and writers for Pneuma Foundation publications are members of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and have attended their annual symposiums. The 2006 conference commemorates 100 years of global Pentecostal/charismatic revival since Azusa.

The Thirty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies will convene March 23-25 at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. In celebration of the centennial of the Azusa Revival, the theme for the 2006 meeting is “Memories of the Azusa Revival: Interrogations and Interpretations.”

The Arol Burns Mall on the Fuller Pasadena campus. Source: http://www.fuller.edu/Campuses/Pasadena/Pasadena_Campus_Photo_Gallery

The centenary of the Revival creates an occasion to interrogate and (re-)interpret the memories of the Azusa Revival and its role in the construction of Pentecostalism(s) within North America and globally. The theme of this conference aims to deepen the discourse about the memories of the Azusa Revival and advance discussion of the role of the Revival in the construction of Pentecostalism as a U.S. and global religious movement.

The plenary speakers bring a wide range of perspectives. Cecil M. Robeck (Professor of Ecumenics, Fuller Theological Seminary) is a leading expert on the history of the Azusa Street Revival. Ogbu Kalu (Henry Luce Professor of World Christianity, McCormick Theological Seminary) is a major historian of African Pentecostalism. A panel will probe the task of reinterpreting William J. Seymour and his legacy. Lita Owens, Tony Award nominated playwright, will present a program of drama and song about the Azusa Street Revival and its era; the original short play, “The Right Choice,” is about a private conversation between William J. Seymour and Jennie Moore Seymour, and will be performed at the banquet.

In addition to the plenary sessions, a variety of papers and symposia will be available addressing themes relevant to studies in Pentecostalism. Worship, a reception, morning prayer, working-lunch meetings of committees, the Society’s business meeting, and the Saturday-evening banquet, are an integral part of the program as well. Time apart from the sessions encourages attendees to become acquainted with one another and to share their scholarly interests and current work. Attendees also enjoy discounted prices on a variety of books and other products exhibited by vendors and ministries who underwrite various Meeting activities.

You can learn more about the meeting, hotel accommodations, transportation, etc., at the SPS website www.sps-usa.org.

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