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World Catholicism Week 2016

Fire from Heaven: Pentecostalism, Catholicism and the Spirit in the World

Held April 15-17, 2016, this conference addressed the ten-fold growth, since 1970, of the number of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians—to well over 600 million. Speakers explored the theologies and politics of Spirit movements in the global South through topics like Catholic-Protestant Pentecostal relations, prosperity and poverty, politics and colonialism, and spiritual warfare and healing.

Keynote Speakers

Paul Gifford (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Author, Ghana's New Christianity: Pentecostalism in a Globalizing African Economy
Emeritus Professor, Study of Religion, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London

Ludovic Lado, SJ (Abidjan, Côte de Ivoire)
Author, Catholic Pentecostalism and the Paradoxes of Africanization
Director, Institute of Human Rights & Dignity, Center of Research & Action for Peace

Amos Yong (Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.)
Author, The Future of Evangelical Theology: Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora
Director, Center for Missiological Research, Fuller Theological Seminary

Roundtable Speakers

  • Marcelo Carmuça (Federal University of Juiz de Fora—Brazil)
  • Simon Chan (Trinity Theological College—Singapore)
  • Zorodzai Dube (University of Pretoria—South Africa)
  • Candy Gunther Brown (Indiana University—Bloomington, IN, U.S.A.)
  • Naomi Haynes (University of Edinburgh—Scotland)
  • Simon C. Kim (University of Holy Cross—New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.)
  • Ben-Willie Kwaku Golo (University of Ghana—Legon, Ghana)
  • Cecília Loreto Mariz (Rio de Janiero State University—Brazil)
  • Laurenti Magesa (Hekima Jesuit School of Theology—Nairobi)
  • Clement Majawa (Catholic University of Eastern Africa—Nairobi)
  • Philomena Njeri Mwaura (Kenyatta University—Nairobi)
  • Terry Rey (Temple University—Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A)
  • Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. (Fuller Theological Seminary—Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.)
  • Jakob Egeris Thorsen (University of Aarhus—Aarhus, Denmark)

Friday, April 15

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION—Catholic Pentecostalism as an Ecumenical Experiment in Africa

Ludovic Lado, SJ
Moderator:  William Cavanaugh (CWCIT Director & Professor of Catholic Studies, DePaul University


Saturday, April 16

ROUNDTABLE—Theologies of the Holy Spirit
  • Simon C. Kim—A Pneumatological Crossroad: Cultural Imaging of the Holy Spirit in Need of a Christological Counterpart
  • Jakob Egeris Thorsen—Lived Pneumatology & Ecclesiology in Charismatic Catholicism in Latin America
  • Clement Majawa—The Contribution of Pentecostal Movements to the International Community: Opportunities of Catholic Charismatology for Social Transformation in Africa

(Moderator: Stan Chu Ilo, CWCIT Research Professor & Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies, DePaul University)

ROUNDTABLE—Spiritual Warfare & Healing

  • Philomena Mwaura—Spiritual Warfare, Healing & Deliverance in Kenyan Pentecostalism
  • Candy Gunther Brown—Francis MacNutt & the Globalization of Charismatic Healing & Deliverance
  • Zorodzai Dube—Social Contours & Demonology in Zimbabwe

(Moderator: Fr. Dimitri Sala, OFM, Author of The Stained Glass Curtain)

ROUNDTABLE—Relationships between Catholics & Protestant Pentecostals

  • Simon Chan—Catholic-Pentecostal Relations in Asia: Conflict & Cooperation
  • Cecil (Mel) Robeck—Do Not Quench the Spirit: Some Thoughts on the Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue
  • Laurenti Magesa—The Holy Spirit in the African Initiated Churches: Lessons for Christianity in Africa

(Moderator: Fr. Dimitri Sala, OFM)

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION—Fire From Heaven: On the Charismatization of World Christianity

Amos Yong
Moderator: Dr. Hendrik Pieterse (Associate Professor of Global Christianity & World Religions, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary)


Sunday, April 17

ROUNDTABLE—Prosperity & Poverty

  • Cecília Mariz—Poverty & Prosperity: Comparing Pentecostal Protestant & Charismatic Catholic Groups' Values & Attitudes in Brazil
  • Naomi Haynes—The Benefit of the Doubt
  • Ben-Willie Kwaku Golo—Sowing into Prosperity: Africa's Neo-Pentecostals, Poverty & Socio-Economic Transformation in Africa

(Moderator: Dr. Jeff Hubing, President & Professor of Practical Theology, FIRE School of Ministry Chicago)

ROUNDTABLE—Politics & Modernity

  • Marcelo Camurça—The Brazilian Catholic Charismatic Renewal: A Spiritual Style between Tradition & Modernity
  • Terry Rey—Fear & Trembling in Haiti: A Charismatic Catholic Prophecy of the 2010 Earthquake

(Moderator: Michael Budde, CWCIT Research Professor & Professor of Catholic Studies, DePaul University)

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION—The Spirit in Africa: The Difficulties & Dangers of Cross-Cultural Comparisons

Paul Gifford
Moderator: Stan Chu Ilo (CWCIT Research Professor & Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies, DePaul University)