2017 Annual Bible Conference

2017 Annual Bible Conference

“500th Birthday of the Reformation: Luther’s 95 Theses for Today”


Monday, October 30, 2017
9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.


About the Conference:

Through the lens of the 95 theses, participants will learn the Reformation changed the way Christians viewed salvation, worship, social justice and the Word of God. Four panelists will offer their perspectives in the morning, followed by break out sessions in the afternoon..


Rev. Chryll D. Crews
Saint Stephen’s Lutheran Church


Rev. Dr. Jin H. Han
Professor of Biblical Studies
New York Theological Seminary


Rev. Dr. Peter G. Heltzel
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
New York Theological Seminary


Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera
Associate Professor of Theology
Moravian Theological Seminary


Rev. Dr. Jill Schaeffer
Visiting Associate Professor of Ethics
New York Theological Seminary
Conference Convener

$30 Donation (lunch included)

Offered as a 2-credit course to NYTS students at the standard tuition rate and as a Continuing Education Unit.
Dr. Jill Schaeffer, Professor

To register, please call Min. Cynthia Gardner-Brim at (212) 870-1244

Download the flyer HERE.


Afternoon Workshops:

Choose one out of three.


1) Only Scripture:  Translation and Protest: Dr. Kenneth J. Thomas, PhD,

Kenneth J. Thomas, PhD, a biblical scholar, has been a Translation Consultant of the United Bible Societies for last 35 years.  He has been organizing Bible translation projects in the Middle East and South Asia, training translators and approving translations for publication. He was director of the Iran Extension of the Near East School of Theology, Beirut, Lebanon, from 1970 to 1980. He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA) who has served in positions in Oregon, Iran, and New York City. His book, A Restless Search: A History of Persian Translations of the Bible, was published in 2015.

2) Protesting Racism: Protesting Dehumanization:  Dr. C. Vernon Mason

Rev. Dr. C. Vernon Mason, JD  is Visiting Professor of Urban Ministry and African-American History.  He is a graduate of Morehouse college and earned his JD from Columbia University. He is a human rights activist, deeply involved in seeking justice for Afro-Americans as a particular expression of his faith and struggle for restoring the dignity of all peoples.  A feminist, a pluralist and devout Christian, Dr. Mason earned his MDiv  and DMin from New York Theological Seminary where he formerly served as director of the Uth Turn Program.  He is now team teaching a course in Black Lives matter with Dr. Dale T. Irvin, President of New York Theological Seminary.

3) Luther and Calvin on Adiaphora and Status Confessions:  What’s Essential and What is….up to you…. in Christian practice.

Dr. Jill Schaeffer is Visiting Professor of Ethics at New York Theological Seminary.  She earned her PhD, in philosophical theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. on the subject of Historical Relativism.  She spent 13 overseas in human rights work and ecumencial relations with the World Alliance of Reformed Churches.  She has served as pastor in two churches and coordinator of the Interfaith Disaster Program of CCNY for 9/11.  She has been teaching in the Masters of Professional Studies Program (MPS) at Sing-Sing and in the MDiv program at NYTS.


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