Friday, March 4, 2011

NAE Board of Directors Meeting in Utah

In less than a week, the semiannual board meeting of the board of directors for the National Association of Evangelicals will be transpiring in Utah. According to the press release, leaders in the NAE are looking forward to the opportunity to open up more fruitful dialogue with Latter-day Saints:

This meeting is the first to be held in Utah, where the majority of its residents are Mormons. In addition to board business, the NAE leaders will meet with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert at the Governor's Mansion to discuss various issues of concern to evangelicals. The board will also meet with a leader from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

"We hope this time of dialogue with LDS leaders will deepen our understanding of the Mormon faith and contribute to the ongoing work of evangelicals in Utah," said Leith Anderson, NAE president....

Before the reception at the Governor's Mansion, a panel of evangelical leaders will report on their involvement in evangelical and Mormon dialogues and will discuss effective methods for engagement. The panel will be moderated by Greg Johnson, president of Standing Together, and will include Craig Williford, president of Trinity International University; Craig Blomberg, professor of New Testament at Denver Theological Seminary; Craig Hazen, professor of Comparative Religion at Biola University; Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary; and David Neff, editor-in-chief of Christianity Today.

I initially found out about this from a post on it at LDS & Evangelical Conversations. And I'm pleased and excited; I only wish I could be there! I'm especially pleased at what Leith Anderson said. I, too, hope that it will deepen their understanding of the LDS faith and will assist in building bridges between Latter-day Saints and Evangelicals, and hopefully with the further result of more fruitful LDS-Evangelical dialogue.

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