Intertwined Roots: Nourishing Radical Discipleship in Today’s Global Church and World
Ruth Padilla DeBorst
Thursday 12 November, 6:30pm
Giant Redwood trees can grow for a thousand years to enormous heights. The roots of individual trees, however, are surprisingly small. These impressive trees can stand and grow thanks to the fact that their roots are intertwined in an intimate network that sustains and nourishes them all. In a world bent on limitless and unsustainable growth, in which leaders and churches are enticed to pursue status, wealth and image, the challenge facing followers of Jesus from North and South, East and West is to nourish the intimate, intertwined roots of radical discipleship as citizens of God’s kingdom and promoters of God’s justice.
Ruth Padilla DeBorst has been involved in leadership development and theological education for integral mission in her native Latin America for many years. She serves on the board of the Latin American Theological Fellowship and on the Networking Team of the International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation (INFEMIT), which is connected with the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS). She served with Chris Wright on the Lausanne Theology Working Group in preparation for the Third Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, 2010. With her husband, James, she leads the Center for Interdisciplinary Theological Education (based in Costa Rica). A Langham Scholar, she is completing her doctoral studies in Missiology at Boston University. She is a well-known speaker on issues of mission and on the relationship between western and majority world churches. The DeBorsts live in Costa Rica as members of the Casa Adobe Community.
The John Stott London Lecture is organised by representatives of All Souls Langham Place, A Rocha, Langham Partnership International, and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.
Date and time: Thursday 12 November 2015, 6.30pm
Venue: All Souls Church, Langham Place, London
Cost: £5 (including light refreshments)