Karam Forum (an Oikonomia Network event) is a gathering for theological educators and Christian academics. Leading Bible and theology scholars will help you train a new generation of Christians who follow King Jesus by loving their neighbors in their daily tasks. Faithful discipleship to Christ involves working every day in homes, workplaces, and communities to help God’s world flourish. See our event website for more details.
Karam Forum 2021 isn’t over – join us for our Karam Forum Global Session! The Global Session will be on different dates depending on where you are. In Australia, the global session will take place on Thursday, January 21 from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm Sydney time. If you’re in the U.S., it will be on Wednesday, January 20, from 7:00-9:00pm central time (8-10pm eastern, 5-7pm Pacific) – evening, not morning!
The event will be free, and no advance registration will be required. Just open this website – karamforum.org – in your browser when the event time arrives!
Before we meet for the Global Session, you’ll definitely want to view the two videos from our January 5 event – we’ll be discussing these rich insights with our global partners!
Karam, the Hebrew verb meaning “to tend vineyards,” communicates the vast range of work that goes into creating a healthy and flourishing vineyard. Vineyards need tending – bearing fruit, flourishing, requires careful and creative work.
Throughout the Old Testament, Israel is described as a vineyard, a people planted and tended by God. The gleaning laws require that vineyards be places where people of all social stations have the opportunity to flourish interdependently, through a combination of generosity and diligent work. Most important to us is our Lord’s uses of the vineyard image. In particular, Christ said that he was the vine and we were his branches. This image sums up the Oikonomia Network’s commitment to whole-life discipleship as the root of all we do.
Blasts from the Karam Forum Past