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RDW Memorial Lectureship 2022- Homogeneity and Hybridity: Revisiting HUP

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McGavran's HUP is controversial and influential. As multiculturalism ascends, how do homogeneity and hybridity still impact Jesus movements?

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Homogeneity and Hybridity: Revisiting HUP

The homogeneous unit principle (HUP) was an influential and controversial aspect of the church growth missiology of Donald McGavran, highlighted by a Consultation moderated by John Stott and sponsored by Lausanne in 1977. Today multiculturalism and hybridity appear ascendant, particularly in mega cities around the world. How do both homogeneity and hybridity impact the birth and growth of fellowships of Jesus followers, and of movements to Jesus which were the core concern of HUP theory?

This and related questions will be the focus of The Ralph D. Winter Memorial Lectureship for 2022, to be held both virtually and on site at Fuller Theological Seminary from March 3-5, 2022. A wide array of speakers from across the globe will reflect on how churches grow (how movements to Christ develop), particularly related to urbanization and ethnicity.

The focus of these lectures builds on the work of previous generations, and particularly on the first Lausanne consultation that followed the great Congress in 1974. The result of that consultation at Fuller Seminary in 1977 was the first Lausanne Occasional Paper, The Pasadena Consultation: Homogeneous Unit Principle (https://lausanne.org/content/lop/lop-1).

The lectureship will open on Thursday evening March 3 with two lectures reflecting on the past, how and why the concept of a homogenous unit principle developed (Gary MacIntosh presenting) and the debates and controversy that led to and were expressed at the Lausanne consultation at Fuller (Greg Parsons presenting).

The first session on March 4 will consider movements to Christ at the present time. Warrick Farah, editor of the 2021 publication Motus Dei: The Movement of God to Disciple the Nations, will present data on current movements to Christ and will interact with fellow presenters Rebecca Winter Lewis’ biographical account of living beyond Christendom and Markos Zemede’s accounts of people movements in Ethiopia.

On the afternoon of March 4 issues of diversity and ethnicity will be in focus. Keynote presentations by Harvey Kwiyani (author of Multicultural Kingdom: Ethnic Diversity, Mission and the Church and Our Children Need Roots and Wings: Equipping and Empowering Young Diaspora Africans for Life and Mission) and Ruth Padilla DeBorst of Casa Adobe, an international community of scholar-activists in Costa Rica, will be supplemented by a panel of practitioners in urban USA.

March 4 evening George Hunter and Chris Clayman will present.

The closing session on March 5 morning will focus on urbanization and its implications for ethnic churches. Atul Aghamkar of India will share from that complex context, followed by a panel of practitioners. The morning and the lectureship will conclude with Alan McMahan bringing summation to both the urban discussion and the larger issues of the lectureship.

Tentative Lectureship Schedule:

Mar 3, 2022: History & Background

6:30 - Check-in

7:00 - Gary McIntosh: Unpacking the Historical Development of the HUP

7:40 - Q and A

8:00 - Break

8:20 - Greg Parsons: The HUP Debate: Reflections on Lausanne’s 1977 Consultation

9:00 - Q and A

9:20 - Adjourning Announcements

March 4, 2022:

Morning: Movement Focus

9:00 - Welcome

9:10 - Warrick Farah: HUP as Phenomenon, Not Strategy: Church Planting Movements Beyond Population Segments

9:50 - Becky Lewis: (unconfirmed title)

10:30 - Break

11:00 - Markos Zemede: The Benefit and Danger of Homogeneous Unit Principle in People Movements to Christ in Ethiopia

11:40 - Speaker Interaction

12:15 - Closing

12.30 – Lunch

Afternoon: Diversity and Race Focus

2:00 - Practitioner Panel Discussion with Parnell Lovelace, John Lo, Jay Pankratz, and Alexia Salvatierra

3.15 - Harvey Kwiyani: The HUP in the Age of World Christianity: Reflections from the Diaspora Church

3:55 - Break

4:30 - Ruth Padilla DeBorst: The Church: An Intercultural Poem

5:30 - Dinner

Evening:

7:00 - George Hunter: (unconfirmed title)

7:45 - Q and A

8:15 - Chris Clayman: Hybridity among Urbanized UPGs: A Challenge and An Opportunity

March 5, 2022:

Urban Focus

9:00 - Welcome

9.10 - Atul Aghamkar: Tracing Homogeneity and Hybridity in Urban Churches in India: A Critical Exploration

9:50 - Panel Discussion with Enoch Kim, Dwight Radcliff, and unconfirmed panelist(s)

10:50 - Break

11:30 - Alan McMahan: Bringing New Light to an Old Controversy: Reconsidering the HUP in a Multi-Ethnic World

12:10 - Conclusion

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