The AIIAS Asian Theological Society (AATS) Conference this year focuses on the Asian family within the context of biblical culture, society, and christian responsibility.
The event opened today by the AATS President, Orsly Raranta, a Seminary student from Indonesia. He remarked that “we are here to celebrate the beauty of the Word of God.”
Metaphorically speaking, Pr. Raranta invites conference participants to “go deeper into the ocean of the Word of God.”
Highlighting the theme of the conference, the AIIAS Vice President for Academic Administration, Richard Nelson, MD., urged participants not to lose sight of God’s greatest commandment in Matthew 22:35-40.
“Let us remember as you look into your values, never let your theological position keep us from the greatest commandment,” Dr. Nelson said. “May love prevail.”
The keynote speaker is Paul Bhaggien, PhD, the Vice chancellor of the North East Adventist University in India. Dr. Bhaggien is an alumnus of AIIAS and one of the pioneers of the AATS.
More than 90 participants arrived at the Amphiteater as the conference opened this morning. Aside from the Seminary family, a large number of the attendees represented the Cavite Mission of Seventh-day Adventists.
“I hope during this conference we will grow and by the end we will have more energy,” concluded Raranta.
The AATS is an international contextualized research platform hosted by Asian students of the AIIAS seminary.