Once each decade, bishops from the worldwide Anglican Communion gather in Canterbury, England, for the Lambeth Conference. When they convene in 2020, they will engage in Bible study around the book of I Peter and the conference’s theme, “God’s Church for God’s World: Walking, Listening, and Witnessing Together.” Austin Seminary’s New Testament scholar Margaret Aymer will have a hand in guiding the event.
Last summer, Aymer received an invitation from the Archbishop of Canterbury to be one of thirty-five international scholars to make up the St. Augustine Seminar in London, November 25-27. Convened by Professor Jennifer Strawbridge of the University of Oxford, they will meet to consider the text from I Peter and shape the biblical studies and other aspects of the Lambeth Conference.
Professor Strawbridge said, “I have admired the work of many of those in attendance. I am excited to see what happens when so many incredible, convicted, and faithful hearts and minds are brought together to discuss scripture and the church. One of the focuses of Lambeth will be on collegiality, and my hope is that this seminar will model precisely that as we use the lens of scripture to explore what it means to walk together in a connected, but not necessarily relational, world. Moreover, my hope is that this group will think creatively about different approaches to biblical study, including ways of disagreeing well over the meaning of a text.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, added: “I am looking forward immensely to the St Augustine Seminar in November. This gathering will play a significant role as we seek God’s wisdom on developing and refining themes for the Lambeth Conference … The expertise and insight of the theologians who gather will be vital in informing the thinking in areas such as the daily Bible expositions, group Bible studies, and homilies. I pray it will be a stimulating and exciting time together.”
Margaret Aymer is The First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport, D. Thomason Professor of New Testament Studies at Austin Seminary. Educated at Harvard University and Union Seminary in New York, she joined the faculty in 2015. She has published four books in her field, and she is a co-editor and author of multiple volumes of the Fortress Commentary on the Bible.