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Professor Bill McCoy to Participate in Summer Workshops in Johannesburg and Cape Town

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Bill McCoyThe Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity recently selected history professor Bill McCoy to participate in a summer faculty development workshop in the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa on “Public Theology: The South African Experience.”

The workshop will bring together eight North American scholars with 12 African scholars of various disciplines under the direction of Dr. Nico Koopman, a distinguished South African theologian who directs the Beyers Naude Institute for Public Theology at the University of Stellenbosch, in order to create some fresh perspectives on Christian political thinking.

The workshop will cover a wide variety of public policy issues, as scholars seek to find Christian perspectives on debates about the future of democracy around the world.  As one of the great democratic experiments of the recent past and one in which Christian leaders have played prominent roles, the South African context will help shape the discussion and the perspectives of the participants. Out of the workshop, which will gather during the first two weeks of June, the Nagel Institute plans to develop a book of essays on the critical issues regarding Christianity and democracy emerging from their national contexts, and a practical guide with principles and mandates for Christian service in politics and governance. Prof. McCoy also hopes to use the material from the workshop in shaping his own future courses in both African history and the new general education course, “The West in the World since 1500.”