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Whitworth to host 40th annual Whitworth Institute of Ministry conference July 20-24

May 26, 2015
The 2015 Whitworth Institute of Ministry will welcome author Walter Brueggemann, musician, editor and author Andy Crouch and Professor Anne Zaki to its 40th conference, to be held July 20-24 at Whitworth University. The featured guests and other speakers will focus on the theme “Pursuing the Common Good: Engaging Culture with the Gospel,” and will offer participants four days of fellowship, worship and scriptural teaching.

The public is invited to attend evening worship Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights at 7 p.m. in the university’s Seeley Mudd Chapel. For all the details on this year’s WIM conference, and to register, please visit

Brueggemann, a highly-influential interpreter of Scripture, is the author of more than 100 books, including The Prophetic Imagination and Message of the Psalms. He is currently the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Crouch is the executive editor of Christianity Today magazine, and the award-winning author of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling. He serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and Equitas Group, a philanthropic organization focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia. He is also a classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz and gospel influences.

Zaki teaches at the Evangelical Theological Seminary, in Cairo, Egypt, and serves the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in the area of global initiatives. She is currently undergoing ordination into the Presbyterian Church of Egypt. She will be the first woman ordained as a minister in North Africa and the Middle East.

During this year’s WIM, Whitworth Associate Professor of Music and Director of Church Music Studies Benjamin Brody will lead a workshop titled “Songs for Spiritual Formation: Four Living Hymn Writers Whose Work Every Pastor Should Know.” Lecturer of Practical Theology Kent McDonald will lead two workshops, titled “Postmodernity: 10 Experiential Truth Rules” and “Spiritual Formation of the Digital Age.”  And Whitworth’s retiring Bruner-Welch Professor Emeritus of Theology, James Edwards, will lead a workshop titled “Professor Ernst Lohmeyer as a Model of Ministry.”

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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