Conference on Pietism will feature Church of the Brethren speakers

A conference on Pietism titled “Heirs of Pietism in World Christianity” is planned for June 1-3 in Dayton, Ohio, hosted by United Theological Seminary as a hybrid event (in-person and online). Among the sponsoring organizations is the Brethren Historical Library and Archives (BHLA), which is a ministry of the Church of the Brethren.

Church of the Brethren leadership at the event will include former BHLA archivist William C. Kostlevy, Bethany Theological Seminary faculty Denise D. Kettering-Lane and Scott Holland, Timothy S. Binkley, and Karen Garrett, among 20-plus presenters in total. Plenary presenter J. Steven O’Malley will speak on “The Influence of the Radical Pietist Gerhard Tersteegen (1697-1769) upon German American Revivalism.”

Under the heading of “German American Pietist Heritages,” Kostlevy will speak on “Ambivalent Pietists: Three Centuries of Dunker Struggle with Subjective Religious Experience,” Binkley will speak on “Puzzling Parallels: The Church of the Brethren and the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, 1890-1940,” and Kettering-Lane will speak on “Anna Mow: Reinvigorating Pietist Witness for Brethren and Beyond.”

Under the heading of “20th and 21st Century Developments in Pietism,” Garrett will speak on “Zinzendorf’s Words Continue to Sing: Pietism and Twentieth Century Brethren Hymnody,” and Holland will speak on “From Pietist Poetics to Romantic Theopoetics? Breaking the Puritan Captivity of Contemporary Pietism.”

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