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National Workshop on Christian Unity
Meet the Presenters

Pentecostals in the Ecumenical Movement
There will be special plenaries Wednesday and Thursday of the Workshop which will talk about the Pentecostal churches, their interchurch relations experiences, policies and hopes for deepening relations with fellow Christians. These plenaries will enable conversations about our local experiences and hopes and the best ways of enhancing Pentecostal relations and particular developments in the African American, Hispanic and Latin American churches.


Dr. Timothy George
Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School
Opening Worship Preacher
Monday, 7:00 PM

Timothy George is the founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and Senior Editor of Christianity Today. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, he holds degrees from the Univeristy of Tennessee at Chattanooga (B.A.), Harvard Divinity School (M.Div.) and Harvard University (Th.D.). A prolific author, he has written and edited numerous articles and books including John Robinson and the English Separatist Tradition, Theology of the Reformers, Faith & Witness: The Life and Mission of William Carey, John Calvin and the Church, Baptist Theologians, A Mightly Long Journey: On the Way to Racial Reconciliation, and the volume on Galatians in the New American Commentary. He serves on the Board of Prison Fellowship Ministries, the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology, and Books and Culture: a Christian Review. He also chairs the Commission on Theological Education for the Baptist World Alliance. He and his wife, Denise, have two teenage children, Christian and Alyce. They live in Birmingham, Alabama and are members of Shades Mountain Baptist Church.


Dr. Robert Franklin
Emory University 
Keynote Presenter
Tuesday, 9:00 AM

Robert Franklin is a Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at Emory University, Atlanta. He provides commentary for National Public Radio's program, "All Things Considered," and has provided live commentary on religion in public life for CNN-TV. Dr. Franklin is the former president of Interdenominational Theolodical Center, the nation's foremost center of historically African-American graduate theological education. During 2002, Dr. Franklin was on sabbatical and traveled around the globe observing the role of religion in the public arena of various cultures. Currently, Dr. Franklin is also a visiting professor for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion at Emory Univeristy. Franklin received his undergraduate degree in political science from Morehouse College, a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has worked as a program officer in Human Rights and Social Justice at the Ford Foundation. Dr. Franklin is the author of two books. He is married to Dr. Cheryl Goffney Franklin, a gynecologist, and is the proud father of three children. 


The Rev. Mark S. Hanson
Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 
Closing Luncheon Speaker
Thursday, 11:00 AM

Reverend Mark S. Hanson was elected on August 11, 2001, as the third presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Bishop Hanson received his M.Div. and was a Rockefeller Fellow at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard University Divinity School. Ordained in 1974, Hanson served churches in Minneapolis and Edina, Minnesota. He served as bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod prior to his election as presiding bishop. He has been president of the Augsburg College Alumni Association and is currently a member of the Augsburg College Board of Regents. Hanson serves on the executive council of the Lutheran World Federation and the executive board of the National Council of Churches. He was president of the Minnesota Council of Churches from 1998-2000. At the time of his election as presiding bishop, he was serving as vice chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops. He is author of Faithful Yet Changing: The Church in Challenging Times (Augsburg Books).


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NWCU 2003 National Chair:
Rev. James Gardiner, SA

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