If you are at the meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature or the American Academy of Religion later this month in San Francisco, check out the GOCN forum on missional hermeneutics. This forum has been critical for the development and dissemination of thinking in the whole area of reading the Bible through the lens of mission (see, for example, the 2009 issue of their enewsletter on missional hermeneutics).

Here is the info on the meetings from the GOCN website:

The annual GOCN forum on missional hermeneutics will be held in San Francisco at the annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion. We will host two sessions.

Session 1
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
11/19/2011–Golden Gate 6

Reading the Parables of Jesus Missionally

George Hunsberger, Western Theological Seminary, Presiding

Jason S. Sexton, University of St. Andrews
Reading the Parables Theologically to Read them Missionally: A Missional Reading of the Early Galilean Parables in Luke’s Gospel

Lois Barrett, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Reading Matthew 13 Missionally: Training for the Reign of God

Colin H. Yuckman, United Presbyterian Church of New Kensington
A Shadow of a Magnitude: Reading Luke’s ‘Parables of the Lost’ Missionally

Klyne Snodgrass, North Park University, Respondent
Session 2
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
11/20/2011– Golden Gate 8

Panel Discussion of Michael J. Gorman’s Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness: Following the Lamb into the New Creation (Cascade Books, 2011)

Michael Barram, Saint Mary’s College of California, Presiding

Darrell Guder, Princeton Theological Seminary, Panelist
John R. Franke, First Presbyterian Church, Allentown, PA, Panelist
James Brownson, Western Theological Seminary, Panelist
Sylvia Keesmaat, Trinity College – Toronto, Panelist

Michael Gorman, Saint Mary’s Seminary and University, Respondent

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