By Eva Pascal
CGCM Director Dana Robert recently delivered the Parchman Lectures at Baylor University, focusing on the importance of cross-cultural friendship to global Christianity and mission networks. Dr. Robert highlighted the affinity of language of friendship and the Christian gospel, and the centrality of personal relationships to the transmission of faith. You can read more about the lecture in The Baptist Standard.
In an audio recording produced by CGCM Research Associate Cathy Corman, Barry Alter, a missionary to India for many years, reflects on the implications of the Easter story for missions in India. You can read about Barry Alter’s extraordinary life as a missionary in the multimedia project, In the Midst.
The Costas Consultation held its annual meeting on February 27, 2015 at Boston University. The theme of this year was “The Revitalization of Latin American Christianity.” Ruth Padilla DeBorst reflected on integral missions, Dr. Margaret Guider addressed the Church-State relations in Latin America, Dr. Roberto Miranda spoke on the Latin American Pentecostalism and Dr. Todd Hartch gave a presentation on the Rebirth of Latin American Christianity and the relationship between Catholicism and Protestantism in Latin America. There was an engaging closing panel and lively discussion concerning the present influence and future of Latin American Christianity. Diverse Boston Theological Institute students from the Holy Cross, Boston College, Harvard, and BU attended the consultation.
You can see Dr. Roberto Miranda’s full address online courtesy of Brandt Gillespie, AV Director of the Congregation Lion of Judah:
by Soojin Chung
The CGCM offers its resources, materials, and personnel to support a variety of unique and interesting websites. In conjunction with an international network of libraries, universities, and interested individuals, the center gathers hard-to-find materials and makes them easily accessible.
Among its newest projects, the center is now hosting CGCM Visiting Researcher Catherine Corman’s “In the Midst.” This project is the result of several years of interviews Corman conducted with Barbara Beach Alter—an American Presbyterian missionary to northern India. Alter and her husband James rejected conversion as central to missionary activity in favor of service to the surrounding population. The multimedia site was launched in a celebratory gathering attended by over 40 people, including family and friends commemorating Barbara Alter’s extraordinary life as a missionary. CGCM doctoral students Daryl Ireland and Eva Pascal helped design the website to feature Corman’s innovative audio autobiography, which allow listeners to hear Alter’s stories by theme in her own voice. The story can also be explored by place and by time. Corman has also created a podcast that is now available on the website.
The Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and World Christianity is calling for papers for a conference at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut on June 25 – 27, 2015.
Offers of short papers are welcome on any aspect of the conference theme: Religion and Religions in the History of Missions and World Christianity. Please submit your paper proposal with brief abstract via email to Martha Smalley (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 1. If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified by March 15. Our pattern has been to have each oral presentation limited to 20-25 minutes, followed by discussion. Full papers are welcomed in advance and, if received by June 24, will be available for download by conference participants.
Preliminary information about the meeting is available at http://divinity-adhoc.library.yale.edu/Yale-Edinburgh/2015y-einfo.htm , including a link to the pre-registration/accommodations form. If you plan to attend the conference, please submit the pre-registration form at your earliest convenience so that we can get a sense of how many to expect. If you need a letter of invitation in order to obtain a visa or institutional funding, please indicate this on the registration form. The registration deadline is April 30th.
Participation in the meeting is limited to members of the Yale-Edinburgh Group, which consists de facto of the members of the “Missions” listserv. If you or someone you know are interested in participating in the conference but are not members of the listserv, please contact Martha Smalley (email@example.com).
Information about a small number of fellowships sponsored by the Yale Divinity Library’s David M. Stowe Fund for Mission Research will be forthcoming in the next few days. These fellowships are available to cover travel and accommodations expenses of younger scholars who wish to attend the conference and spend some time at the Library doing research.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
On behalf of our esteemed conveners, Lamin Sanneh, Andrew Walls, and Brian Stanley,
Martha L. Smalley
Special Collections Librarian & Curator of the Day Missions Collection
Yale Divinity School Library
409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: (203) 432-5289
The General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church will be hosting a workshop on mission photography at Drew University on June 10th-12th, 2015. A couple of spots are still open for historians of missions as well as visual studies scholars who would like to discover the Methodist missions photo archive. The application deadline is January 17th, 2015.
For more information: http://www.gcah.org/research/ever-widening-horizon
To be part of this workshop, please send a short curriculum and a 600-to-800 word project to: firstname.lastname@example.org
CGCM student associate and PhD candidate Daewon Moon is now teaching church history and World Christianity at International Leadership University – Burundi (ILU-Burundi) in East Africa. For the next few years, Daewon will be supervising the bachelor’s and master’s programs in the School of Theology at ILU-Burundi. His wife, Jeonghwa, is working as Director of the Leadership Language Institute at ILU-Burundi. Her responsibilities include developing curricula and training instructors to teach academic English to prospective students in a more effective way.
As the only university in the country that offers English-based degree programs, ILU-Burundi has been growing substantially over the past few years. It now has more than 300 students from 10 different countries in Africa and Asia. Recently ILU-Burundi launched two joint graduate programs in partnership with North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa: Master of Theology (MTh) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with three concentrations, 1) Missiology, 2) New Testament, and 3) Practical Theology.
Call for Paper Proposals
Deadline: February 13, 2015
2015 Annual Meeting
Wheaton College – Wheaton, IL
June 18-19, 2015
What’s in a Name?
Assessing Mission Studies Program Titles
The Association of Professors of Mission extends an open call for paper presentation proposals for its annual meeting. Anyone interested in presenting at APM should submit a proposal title with a 150-200 word abstract and a 30 word biography to Nelson Jennings, APM President, at email@example.com.
The 2015 Annual Meeting of the APM will examine the titles that educational institutions, North American and otherwise, use for their mission studies programs. Many seminaries and colleges have switched from using program titles that contain the term mission(s) to social science labels, e.g., intercultural studies, or to different religious labels, e.g., the more recently developing discipline of world Christianity. These nomenclature shifts affect students and graduates in such important ways as personal security or employability. What the titles mean for how institutions recruit students and new faculty is also an important area of consideration. Implications for a program’s curriculum – whether undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate – as well as possibly for an institution’s other programs also merit assessment. An institution’s desired outcomes for its mission studies program relate to the title employed. The related type of degree that is earned, e.g., DMiss, DMin, PhD, ThD, MTh/ThM, enters the picture as well. The examination of these and other related areas should cast fresh light on how educators understand their various relationships to the missio Dei in today’s ever-transitioning Christian world mission movement.
SUBMISSION AND PRESENTATION REQUIREMENTS
Paper proposal deadline: February 13, 2015
Notification of accepted papers: February 27, 2015
Submission of completed papers and confirmation of meeting attendance: May 29, 2015
For the purposes of online publication of presentations, submitted papers may be up to 5,000 words in length including notes and references (about 20 double-spaced pages) and should conform to the style guide of the journal Missiology: An International Review, available at: http://asmweb.org/assets/pdf/Style-Guide-2011.pdf. The full text of all papers approved for the conference will be made available to the members of APM online as The Proceedings of the Association of Professors of Mission, 2015.
Presentations at the meeting will be limited to 15 to 20 minutes (about 5-7 pages of text, if read), plus additional time for discussion depending on the number of presentations accepted.
Please direct all submissions and questions to Nelson Jennings, President APM, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration materials will be available on the website in the Spring 2015.
We look forward to seeing in June!
The Face to Face programme of the Council for World Mission will host a gathering for theology students and anyone preparing for church leadership to engage with the complex issues surrounding migrants, undocumented workers, and people who have experienced trafficking. The program me will take place April 12th to May 23rd 2015 in the Netherlands.
The Face to Face programme includes:
- Opportunities to engage in theological reflection
- Guided study in a supportive atmosphere
- Exploring and learning about Dutch culture
- Work-placements in migrant communities and alongside trafficked and undocumented people
- Developing worship and study resources
- Workshops to develop interview techniques, creative writing etc.
For more information, visit http://www.cwmission.org, or contact: email@example.com; CWM Ltd, 400 Orchard Road, #23-05, Orchard Towers, Singapore 238875; Tel: +65 6887 3400, Fax: +65 6235 7760.
The application deadline is January 25th, 2015.
Many alumni associates of the CGCM have gone on to make important contributions to the history of Christianity as it has developed in various parts of the globe. Alumnus Myung Soo Park of Seoul Theological University, has gone on to be a distinguished senior historian of Korean Christianity. He returned to his alma mater this past week, sharing his work and research while visiting CGCM Director Dana Robert.