The CGCM summer 2016 newsletter is now available in PDF form, and in print at the Boston University School of Theology. The summer issue reflects on the murder and martyr of Father Vincent Machozi, a voice for the persecuted and a witness to atrocities being committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The issue also reflects on the wider context of religious violence around the world. You can download the PDF here: Summer 2016 newsletter no. 22.
Boston University will hold a memorial service for Father Vincent Machozi on Tuesday, April 26, at 2pm in Marsh Chapel. The service will be followed by a reception in the School of Theology Community Center at 3pm. The community invites all to attend this service for Father Machozi, a martyred graduate student of the School of Theology. The service and reception will include visitors and participants from the Congolese community, the Assumptionists, the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Everett, and the university community. Live streaming will be available at http://livestream.com/accounts/4958196 for people to join in from other locations.
The city of Boston is a sports-loving city with thousands of people following sports religiously. But what is the connection between sports and spirituality? Some scholars are exploring that very question. Boston University School of Theology alum Mark Stamm teaches a course precisely on the connection between sports and spirituality in American culture. Dr. Stamm (STH, Th.D. ’95) is a Professor of Christian Worship at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Nurtured in the loved Boston Red Sox baseball team in his time at BU, Dr. Stamm belongs to the Society for American Baseball Research. He explores how baseball and other sports impact on Christian faith, spirituality, and even liturgy. You can read more about his fascinating course in the article on Sports and Spirituality by Sam Hodges.
The North American Academy of Ecumenists is accepting applications for it Brother Jeffrey Gros Memorial Fund, a grant to support students to attend the NAAE at the Candler School of Theology, in Decatur, Georgia (September 23-25, 2016).
The application deadline is June 15, 2016.
WHO: Open to current undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in Christian unity.
EASY APPLICATION: Tell us (2 pages maximum) about your academic studies, your involvement in the church, and how you envision greater realization of Christian unity, including specific suggestions for unity which churches might employ. Email your text or attached file, in English or in French, to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 15, 2016. Applicants will be notified of results by August 1, 2016.
PRIZE: The prize is valued at $500 each. The students selected will have their registration fee and accommodations paid entirely by the Academy, and part or all of their travel expenses to participate at the 2016 NAAE conference in Candler School of Theology, Decatur, Georgia, September 23-24-25, 2016. The theme of this year’s annual conference, is “Commemorating the Reformation: Churches Looking Together Toward 2017 – and Beyond.”
ABOUT THE ACADEMY: The North American Academy of Ecumenists (NAAE) groups together leading scholars and church leaders from colleges, universities and seminaries throughout North America. The Academy meets annually in September and is affiliated with the Journal of Ecumenical Studies.
For more information about the Academy, visit www.naae.net
Friday, March 18th, Boston University will host its second Assessment Symposium. Laura Chevalier (PhD Candidate) will represent the School of Theology, and present “E-Portfolio as an Assessment Tool in the School of Theology.” It is a tool Laura utilized in courses on mission as well as on spirituality.
The Handbook on Popular Spiritual Movements (PSM) in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia was a research project and publication owned by Trinity Theological College (TTC), Singapore, under the leadership of Dr. Michael Poon, Director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia (CSCA). Boston University, through the Center for Global Christianity and Mission, was a supportive partner through the participation of Dr. Charles Farhadian (PhD 2000) as a co-editor, Dr. Dana Robert as a consulting editor, and the Drs. Septemmy Lakawa (ThD, 2011), Daryl Ireland (PhD 2015), and David Scott (PhD, 2013) as contributors to section III: Case Studies of Popular Spiritual Movements.
Visiting Researcher, Jesudas Athyal, will present a lecture at the University of California Irvine on March 3, 2016.
The General Commission on Archive and History (GCAH) of The United Methodist Church announced the 2015 winner of its highly sought-after Jesse Lee Prize: The Rev. Dr. Douglas Tzan (pictured), elder and full member of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference. Tzan’s award winning manuscript is titled “The World His Circuit: The Methodist Odyssey of William Taylor.”
This work is a case study of a Methodist preacher, missionary, author, evangelist and bishop who not only mobilized the then Methodist Episcopal Church across the American frontier but brought the same energy, organization and enthusiasm across six continents. William Taylor (1821-1902) introduced American revivalism in places other missionaries disregarded, growing churches among marginalized populations, especially in South Africa and India. Forged in American Methodism, his global encounters with different cultures, languages and religions shaped the ways and means of the entirety of Christian mission outreach for generations.
The Jesse Lee Prize, awarded once every four year is named for United Methodism’s first historian (1758-1816) and given for serious manuscripts about the denomination’s history, including studies of antecedent Methodist churches or its missions. The $2,000 prize is granted by GCAH to assist authors with publication of their manuscript related to Methodist history.
The Rev. Dr. Tzan currently serves on the staff of the Sykesville Parish (St. Paul’s and Gaither UMC) in Sykesville, Maryland. He holds a PhD. in the field of the History of Christianity from Boston University where his extensive research of William Taylor began. Tzan continued his research utilizing materials at the United Methodist Archives and History Center in Madison, New Jersey. Tzan is a graduate of Iliff School of Theology and The University of South Carolina. He teaches at Wesley Theological Seminary and Boston University School of Theology.
GCAH is pleased to sponsor the Jesse Lee Prize awarded next in 2019. Information about various awards, grants and prizes for scholarly work in Methodist History can be found at http://gcah.org/research/grants-and-awards .
Anicka Fast, a first-year student in Mission Studies at Boston University, received the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission’s study grant for 2015. Before moving from Montreal to Boston, Anicka worked with the Mennonite Central Committee in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for three years. Anicka’s research interests include intercultural reconciliation and power balancing in the global church, Anabaptist missiology and ecclesiology, the history of the missionary encounter in the DR Congo, and African political theology. Her grant is in the amount of $2,865, and will be disbursed in May 2016. Anicka’s project title is, “Identity and Power in Mission: A Study of Cross-Cultural Relationships among North American and Congolese Mennonites.”