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“Christian Professional Integrity as Africa Goes Global” Regional Conference

» October 18-October 21, 2017 – Scott Christian University in Nairobi, Kenya



 
Dates

October 18-21, 2017
 

Location

Scott Christian University, Nairobi, Kenya
 

Theme

Christian Professional Integrity as Africa Goes Global: Implications for Church, Education, and Society Life
 

Organizers

Centre for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education in Africa (CPCHEA); Scott Christian University; Scott Christian Alumni Association
 

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Geoff Beech, Prof. Michael Heyns, Dr. Beth Beech, Rev. Dr. Dennis Tongoi, and Prof. Mumo Kisau
 

More Information on the Theme

During the conference participants will explore ways in which they seek to make a Christian contribution in their respective disciplines or areas of calling. They will get to talk and confer with respect to the problem of secularisation and possibly seek answers to these questions:

  • Why are we Christians always on the backfoot?
  • Why are we Christians always so defensive?
  • Why are we so slow and seem to be always fighting a rearguard action?

Conference organizers hope that these questions cause participants to think about recent history, initiatives (of those that succeeded as well as those that failed and responses to challenges) as Christian professionals. Interdisciplinary collaboration in support of one another will be highlighted when possible. The organizers’ hope to spur encouragement and inspiration among participants. It is important that Christian professionals hear one another and contemplate meanings which they can apply to their own lives. Therefore the conference program will allow for plenty of time for participants to get to know one another informally while still offering a rigorous formal program. 
 

Call for Papers

Papers presented at the conference should respond to any of the following questions:

  • How is secular global transformation manifested in our workplaces; for instance, schools, churches or public associations?
  • How can professional life in and between schools, churches and other public associations help to maintain our Christian integrity?
  • How do we as Christians affirm public education (basic and higher) without acquiescing in the privatization of Christian faith? How can Christian education enter and offer its support for the genuine reformation of public schooling and educational justice for all people? (Kenya defines basic education as that education from Kindergarten to high school and even middle level college education).
  • How is Christian Higher Education In Africa contributing at this time? A stock taking exercise? How can Christian universities affirm university education and respect for qualifications even of institutions that do not share our Christian faith? How are Christian Higher Institutions faring in employment, policies, peer review, respect for minorities, maintaining a Christian ethos?
  • What other African Christian Organizational Structures could enhance the Christian contribution that challenges the spiritual uprooting that results from the agents of secularising global transformation?

Conference organizers suggest that papers not exceed 4-5 pages or 1500 words. Further, they must receive papers well in advance of the conference so that they may be distributed well in advance and responded to. The hope is that the conference will highlight experiences and responses to the work being done in the field of Christian education.
 

Registration, Accommodations, & Attendees

Conference fees and accommodation details will be given in the coming months. Follow https://cheafrica.wordpress.com/page/page/2/ to read updates as they are available. Those already planning to attend are listed on this page: https://cheafrica.wordpress.com/page/. Questions may be directed to CPCHEA director, Rev. Isaac Mutua (cpcheac93@gmail.com). 
 

Schedule Breakdown

The organizers have organized the conference into three separate events. The conference program is found at: https://cheafrica.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/conferenceprogramme/.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Pre-conference Education Workshop
The first pre-conference event will be an Education Workshop bringing together Christian Schools of Education, Christian MEd/BEd students and Christian Teachers/Administrators.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pre-conference Discipling Marketplace Leadership
The second pre-conference event will be a forum that Scott Alumni Fellowship will deliberate on the bridge between the Pulpit and the Market Place. This session will feature an orientation of Discipling Marketplace Leadership.

Thursday, October 19 – Saturday, October 21, 2017
Main Conference
The main conference will bring together Christian scholars from across Africa to deliberate on the theme of, “Christian Professional Integrity as Africa Goes Global: Implications for Church, Education, and Society Life.” Thursday evening’s dinner will be followed by a welcome ceremony and will conclude with the opening plenary.

The following days, Friday and Saturday, will include a full schedule of breakout sessions, plenaries, worship, and shared meals. The conference closing ceremony is scheduled for 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Saturday. More details will be posted on the conference program website: https://cheafrica.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/ con-ference-programme/. 
 

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