Thursday, October 18, 2012

Seminary to webcast Hornbacker’s professorial lecture.

Bethany Theological Seminary professor Tara Hornbacker will present her professorial lecture on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7:15 pm (eastern time) in honor of her promotion to full professor of ministry formation.

Entitled “Incarnational Education and Improvisational Evangelism,” the lecture is open to the public and will be webcast live from Nicarry Chapel on the seminary campus in Richmond, Ind.

Hornbacker will explore the practice of theatrical improvisation as a method for evangelism that is both appropriate for a pluralistic society and coherent with the Anabaptist-Pietist understanding of incarnational love. Having begun her professional life in the theater, she finds a natural connection in relating that earlier dramatic training to current contextual challenges for sharing the gospel.

Beginning with Acts 17:16-33 as a model for contextual theology, the presentation will explore several New Testament texts from the perspective of improvisational evangelism. The audience can anticipate participation in improvisation exercises, encounters with biblical texts, and fresh expressions of the gospel story.

Viewers will be able to join the webcast by going to and following the instructions. The webcast will also be archived on Bethany’s website at for future viewing.

-- Jenny Williams is director of Communications and Alumni/ae Relations for Bethany Seminary.

Source: 10/18/2012 Newsline

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