Global Pentecostalism Center Fall Lecture

The Global Pentecostalism Center at Southeastern University will host the Fall 2017 Lecture on October 19.

Dr. A.J. Swoboda will be the guest speaker. The topic of the lecture is “Tongues and Trees: The Challenges and Possibilities of a Pentecostal Care of Creation.”

Swoboda is a professor and author, and pastor of Theophilus Church in urban Portland, Oregon. He teaches theology, biblical studies and Christian history at Portland and Fuller Seminaries, as well as courses at a number of other universities and Bible colleges. He is the lead mentor of the Doctor of Ministry program on the Holy Spirit and leadership at Fuller Seminary. He is also the director of Blessed Earth Northwest, an organization focused on creation care issues and Sabbath in the Pacific Northwest. Swoboda also serves as the executive director of the Seminary Stewardship Alliance, a consortium of Christian higher education schools that provides Christian training in creation care and is implementing sustainable practices. Prior to this, he served as a campus pastor at the University of Oregon.

Swoboda’s doctoral research at the University of Birmingham (U.K.) explored the never-ending relationship between the Holy Spirit and ecology. He is the curator of greenjesus.com, a site on creation care. Swoboda is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Pentecostal Studies. He is the author of Scripting Pentecost: A Study of Pentecostals, Worship and Liturgy: Explorations in Practical, Pastoral and Empirical Theology, Tongues and Trees: Toward a Pentecostal Ecological Theology, and Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Room A115 of the Business & Education Building on Southeastern’s campus, 1000 Longfellow Boulevard in Lakeland, Florida.

For more information, visit our Lecture Series page or contact Dr. Murray Dempster, co-director of the Center for the Study of Global Pentecostalism, at mwdempster@seu.edu or 863.667.5155.