Ecclesia and Ethics Conference reaches hundreds worldwide

Monday, July 1, 2013

On May 19 and 25, Corban University hosted a unique ministry conference attended by more than 200 people from around the world.

While Corban’s Salem and Tacoma campuses may not have seen an influx of foreign visitors, the online only conference featured 55 speakers from five continents. The conference focused on the Role and Relationship of the Church to Christian Ethics and/or Moral Formation.

“The conference was a great opportunity to listen to and interact with both world class scholars and up-and-coming students of the Bible, and to do so without ever having to leave my office,” said conference organizer Allen Jones, Ph.D., a Corban assistant professor of Bible. “I was excited to be able to sit ‘e-face-to-e-face’ with speakers from around the world. It was a real effort at trying to hear from the global church.”

Presenters included N.T. (Tom) Wright, a renowned New Testament scholar and professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews in Scotland; Shane Claiborne, a Christian activist who engages audiences in conversations about peacemaking, social justice and Jesus Christ; and many others.

In-part the conference was successful in-part because it allowed pastors and theologians to attend without the cost of transportation, accommodations and other expenses. A $10 donation to charity was suggested, but not required. 

Ecclesia and Ethics Conference organizers already are preparing for a May 2014 conference tentatively titled “Ecclesia and Ethics: Being a Digital Christian in an On-Line World.”  Organizers also hope to publish a book with papers from the May 2013 conference.

For more information about the May 2013 conference or future Ecclesia and Ethics Conferences, email Jones at

  • Corban Assistant Professor of Bible Allen Jones was a co-organizer of the online conference.

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