North American Symposium on John Knox
The Heritage & Future of North American Presbyterianism sponsored by the
Presbyterian Heritage Center at Montreat,
King College at Bristol, TN, The Buechner Institute,
Reid Trust, Anderson Foundation, McGuirk Family Fund and the Montreat Conference Center
2014 is the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Knox, the founder of Presbyterianism (16th century woodcut at left).
More than 200 individuals from the U.S., Canada and Scotland gathered in Montreat on March 7- 8, 2014, to attend The Presbyterian Heritage Center is holding a North American Symposium of John Knox — The Heritage & Future of North American Presbyterianism.
Cosponsored by King University, The Buechner Institute, Reid Trust, Anderson Foundation, McGuirk Family Fund and Montreat Conference Center, this John Knox 500 conference heard the author of a new 2014 biography of John Knox — Dr. Jane Dawson (below), University of Edinburgh, School of Divinity, professor of Reformation Theology. Her new research has pinpointed Knox’s birth as 1514. She also is an authority on music of the Scottish Reformation.
Special thanks is offered for symposium support of The North American Organization of Scottish Historians (NOSH).
Experts on the Scottish Reformation and the transition of Presbyterianism to the North American colonies made presentations to the more than 200 music directors and choirs, Christian educators, pastors and Scottish heritage enthusiasts at the symposium.
John Knox and his Presbyterian denomination spread
from Scotland to North America and now around the world. His influence is yet to be fully recognized.
Other John Knox 500 Activities are:
• John Knox 500, the Scottish Reformation & American Presbyterians Exhibit (at the PHC – Montreat) January
– December 2014
• John Knox 500 – Reformation Sunday bulletin inserts & Sunday School lesson/discussion guide and powerpoint presentations (available by end of May 2014)
• Film documentary on John Knox's life (available by June 2014)
• Traveling exhibits
• and much more!
The Presbyterian Heritage Center also is working in other John Knox 500 materials and lecture presentations for seminaries, churches and others.
Latest News/Future Events Presbyterian Heritage Tour of Scotland
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Church Historian Erskine Clarke and Carmichael Travel of Atlanta have arranged a special 12-day tour of Scotland this September for John Knox 500 in celebration of Knox's 500th birth date. You can click here for more information and registration forms. Special lectures, special worship, special tours, special insights!
JK500 Future Activities
A comprehensive program to recognize the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Knox will be launched in 2014. Activities will include an international conference, lecture tour in 2014 by the author of a new definitive biography of John Knox —
Dr. Jane Dawson of the University of Edinburgh.
The Rev. Dr. Iain Torrance also spoke on Knox. The Very Rev. Dr. Torrance is Pro-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen and former president, Princeton Theological Seminary.
The year-long recognition includes a major exhibit at the Presbyterian Heritage Center in Montreat, local downloadable lesson and program plans including posters and audio-visual materials and much more!
More information and materials will be available at the end of May.