Jürgen Moltmann, one of the foremost religious thinkers in the world and a longtime friend of Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth, will present the opening lecture of the 2015 Annual Karl Barth Conference Sunday evening, June 21, 2015.
Moltmann is professor emeritus of systematic theology at the University of Tübingen in Germany and contributed many books to the field of theology, including Theology of Hope (Fortress Press, 1993), The Crucified God (Fortress Press, 1993), and The Trinity and the Kingdom of God (Fortress Press, 1993).
Moltmann will present his lecture at 7:30 pm in Miller Chapel on the Princeton Seminary campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The theme of this year’s conference, which runs through June 24, is “Karl Barth and the Gospels: Interpreting Gospel Texts.” Taking place on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary and organized by the Seminary’s Center for Barth Studies, the conference welcomes several renowned speakers, including Richard Bauckham, Karlfried Froehlich, Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Eric Gregory, Willie Jennings, Paul Dafydd Jones, Bruce L. McCormack, Daniel L. Migliore, and Fleming Rutledge. Click here for the complete list and biographies of the speakers.
For the first time, Princeton Seminary will hold the Karl Barth Pastors Conference. The conference titled “Karl Barth and the Mission of the Church,” will take place on the Seminary’s campus and will follow the annual Barth conference June 24–26. The conference is specifically designed for pastors and/or those training for ministry. It will use Karl Barth’s life and theology as a rich resource for pastors to critically engage the church’s mission in the twenty-first century. The conference will consist of three evening lectures given by Will Willimon, Willie Jennings, and Debbie Blue along with multiple workshops throughout the day led by Christian Andrews, Nancy J. Duff, Peter G. Heltzel, Fleming Rutledge, and Ry Owen Siggelkow. There will also be two worship services led by M. Craig Barnes, president of Princeton Seminary, and Kara Slade.
In 1997, the Karl Barth Society of North America voted to locate the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. Since its founding, the Center for Barth Studies has been an essential provider of information, resources, events, and other programs related to the life and work of Karl Barth. The center hosts annual scholarly, pastoral, and translator conferences, facilitates reading collectives, and assists with the research needs of all inquirers.