Responding to issues of diversity.

The Intercultural Studies Lecture Series is a free event offered by GRTS in the fall and spring, featuring a guest lecturer who addresses topics relevant to intercultural issues from a biblical, theological, and psychological perspective. The purpose of this series is to provide a forum where students, faculty and friends of the seminary can engage in an open dialogue about the connection between Christian worldview and issues of diversity. The guest lecturers combine recent scholarship and personal ministry experience to help people become more informed and aware of a variety of intercultural issues.

Spring 2016 Lecture Information

In the beginning, God created his male and female image bearers to represent him and to care for his creation together. But before we witnessed a single moment of unfallen image bearer living, an enemy invaded, God's image bearers rebelled, and a deep darkness descended over the earth. God has never given up on his original vision for us. How does Jesus' Gospel transform relationships between male and female and restore the Blessed Alliance God envisioned for his sons and daughters from the beginning?

This event was held on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the Pirsig-Debruyn Chapel at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.

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Speaker Bio

Carolyn Custis James (B.A. in Sociology; M.A. in Biblical Studies) thinks deeply about what it means to be a female follower of Jesus in a postmodern world. As a cancer survivor, she is grateful to be alive and determined to address the issues that matter most. She travels extensively both in the US and abroad as a speaker for churches, conferences, colleges, theological seminaries, and other Christian organizations.

She is an adjunct professor at Biblical Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, blogs on and Huffington Post/Religion, is a consulting editor for Zondervan's Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament, and a contributing editor for Leadership Journal. In 2012, Carolyn was named by Christianity Today as one of fifty evangelical women to watch.  Her books include When Life and Beliefs CollideLost Women of the BibleUnderstanding PurposeThe Gospel of Ruth, Half the Church, and Malestrom. Carolyn and her husband live in Sellersville, Pennsylvania.