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Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host the annual W. Don McClure Lectures Sept. 28-29. Diane B. Obenchain, professor of religious studies, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich., will address “Christ and the Chinese Mind-Heart (Xin).”
Sept. 28 events include “What is the Problem with ‘Religion’?,” at 11:30 a.m.; “Why is ‘Religion’ Especially Suspect in China?,” at 4:15 p.m.; World Mission Initiative Dinner at 6:00 p.m.; and “Who is a ‘Christian Minister of the Moral Order’?” at 7:30 p.m. Obenchain will present the chapel service “Chinese Calvinism Today: Partners in Prayer” based, on John 13:34-35, Sept. 29 at 11:30 a.m.
These lectures are free and open to the public. To attend the WMI dinner, guests must pre-register and cost is $10 per person. Contact the WMI Office at 412-924-1348 for dinner tickets. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@pts.edu with questions about the lectures.
Obenchain is now back in the States after having taught the academic study of religion at three major universities in China from 1988-2004. As a scholar of the comparative history of religion, her teaching and research have three foci: 1) the interactive history of human religion from the Neolithic period to the present, 2) East, South, and West Asian religious traditions, and 3) Chinese traditions, specifically the Ru (Confucian) tradition. Obenchain received her doctorate from Harvard University and two master’s from Stanford University. She has edited and translated a volume of collected papers on China’s foremost 20th-century philosopher, Feng Youlan. She is co-author of a bi-lingual textbook to introduce the academic study of religion in China (forthcoming). Obenchain is project director for a Small Dictionary for the Study of Religion (in Chinese and English) funded by The Henry Luce Foundation. She also joined Max L. Stackhouse, Don Browning, and Peter Paris in preparing God and Globalization: Theological Ethics in a Pluralistic World, a multi-volume collection of papers published by Trinity Press International. Volume Three (2002) of this collection, Christ and the Dominions of Civilization, is edited by Max L. Stackhouse with Diane B. Obenchain.
These lectures honor the Rev. Dr. W. Don McClure, a 1934 graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, who served as a missionary in Africa for nearly 50 years. Born in Blairsville, Pa., McClure began teaching in Khartoum in 1928, upon graduating from Westminster College. After studying at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, he returned with his wife, Lyda, to Sudan to evangelize among the Shulla people. He was shot to death by guerrillas in 1977.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.