By Ada Focer
The Yale Divinity Library has posted a terrific online exhibit on the Student Christian Movement. Followers of the CGCM website and activity know that we are vitally concerned with reclaiming the memory of the Student Christian Movement in the United States. From the 1880s to 1969, it invited college students to engage with their world in the context of their Christian faith. Through the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), it linked them to Christian students around the world. Generation after generation, these students not only went into the world but also back to communities and churches around the country and connected those communities to the world, too. It is an astonishing history! Check it out!
We have just received notice that Charles Farhadian’s “Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion”, which was co-authored with Lewis R. Rambo, has been released. According to the book’s listing on the Amazon website, it “offers a comprehensive exploration of the dynamics of religious conversion, which for centuries has profoundly shaped societies, cultures, and individuals throughout the world. Scholars from a wide array of religions and disciplines interpret both the varieties of conversion experiences and the processes that inform this personal and communal phenomenon.”
A year in Geneva
The Post Doctoral Research Program of the
Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue
Thanks to the support of the Levant Foundation, FIIRD is pleased
to announce the call for the Post Doctoral Program:
Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue.
Support for four fellows will be provided for the 2014-2015 academic year.
The program aims to set up a research group to deepen the understanding
among persons of different religions and to bring forth leaders to respond
to intercultural and interreligious challenges.
For more information, please see the attached
Call for Candidates:
Post-doctoral Fellowships in
Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue 2014-2015
Une année à Genève
Le Post Doctorat de la
Fondation pour la recherche et le dialogue interreligieux et interculturels
Grâce au soutien de la Levant Foundation, la FIIRD se réjouit d’annoncer l’appel à candidatures du programme post doctoral :
Recherche et dialogue interreligieux et interculturels
Quatre bourses de recherche seront attribuées pour l’année universitaire 2014-2015.
Ce programme vise à constituer une cellule de recherche à même d’approfondir
la compréhension entre personnes de religions différentes et à former
des cadres susceptibles de répondre aux défis interculturels et interreligieux.
Pour plus d’informations, voir
L’Appel à candidatures:
Bourses de recherche (Post-doctoral Fellowships)
pour le dialogue interreligieux et interculturel 2014-2015
Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural
Research and Dialogue
10, rue Albert-Gos
Tel-Gsm +41 76 639 52 69
Fax +41 22 909 83 41
Dr. Jesudas Athyal, a Visiting Researcher at the CCGM, has been elected vice-president of the New England-Maritimes region of the American Academy of Religion. He is the Editor of the recently completed Religion in Southeast Asia: An Encyclopedia, and Associate Editor, Oxford Encyclopedia of South Asian Christianity (2 volumes), on the 2000 years of Christianity in South Asia that was published in 2011.
A recent panel held in Santa Monica, CA, in honor of Frederick S. Pardee, included panelists Andy Bacevich, Jonathan Simon, Dana Robert (CGCM Director), Adil Najam, and Tony Janetos. Panelists discussed issues of “Advancing the Global Human Condition,” including those of urbanization, war and peace, environmentalism, and the meaning of global human community. You can watch a video of the discussion on BUniverse.
BU’s African Studies Center has just released a new newsletter. Check it out! Our own Liz Parsons will be giving a Walter Rodney lecture on March 3, “Witchcraft in the Workplace: Lessons from Zambia on Living Lightly in a Heavily Developed World.” It will be from 12-1:30 pm at 325 Bay State Rd., Room 505.
A new Pew Research Center survey of global religious hostilities has been released. The survey found that one-third of the 198 countries surveyed showed a high level of social hostilities involving religion, the highest it has been since the survey began in 2007. A Christian Science Monitor story probes the causes and consequences of the change.
Sung-Deuk Oak’s new book, The Making of Korean Christianity, published this fall as the first of the new Baylor Studies in World Christianity monograph series, has been named “Book of the Year” by Books & Culture magazine.
You may view the announcement here.
Gerald (Jerry) Anderson (STH’55, GRS’60) met Pope Francis, gave a lecture and received an honorary Doctor of Missiology degree from the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome on November 14. The degree was presented to him by Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the Chancellor of the university. It was the first time an honorary degree has been given to a Protestant by this university that was founded in 1627 and is owned by the Sacred Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Dr. Anderson, a former UM missionary in the Philippines and president of Scarritt College in Nashville, is emeritus director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, CT, and resides in Hamden, CT.
Doctoral student Gina Zurlo was on the faculty of the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, South Korea (October 30–November 8, 2013). Gina gave a lecture titled, “Demographics of World and Asian Christianity” to a group of 200 students from 60 countries, representing 80 different denominations, and also offered reflections on the future of the ecumenical movement in light of trends in global Christianity. Videos of her lecture can be found in two parts, here and here.