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.
Doctoral student Christopher James has recently reviewed a book on the intersection of ecclesiology and anthropology, Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography, edited by Pete Ward. Check out the review in Missiology: An International Review 42 (1), January 2014, 92-93.
Gina Bellofatto, student affiliate of the CGCM, and Dr. Todd Johnson’s described, “Key Findings of Christianity in Its Global Context, 1970–2020.” The article appeared in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research and is available for free to online subscribers.
Doctoral student Gina Zurlo has recently given several papers and lectures at social science conferences. In August, she presented a paper at the American Sociological Association annual meeting in New York City, titled, “Christian Sociology in Transition: The Institute of Social and Religious Research,” which discussed an early phase of American sociology and its intersections with the social gospel and ecumenical movements in the early 20th century. She also gave a paper at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion annual meeting in Boston on the development and use of demographic databases.
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.
The 2013 Sixteenth Century Studies Conference was held from October 24-27 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Professor Roldán-Figueroa served as Theology Track Director for the conference. The theology track had a total of sixteen panels. Roldán-Figueroa organized eight panels, and chaired three of them. One of the panelists was BU STH Professor Claire Wolfteich, whose paper was entitled “Spiritual Guidance for those ‘In the World’: A Theology of Lay Spiritual Practice in Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal.” Roldán-Figueroa presented a paper related to the missionary work of Discalced Franciscans in the Philippines, “Enlisting Saints for the Cause of Catholic Missions: Marcelo de Ribadeneira’s Historia de las Islas del Archipiélago Filipino (Barcelona, 1601).” The session was sponsored by REFO500 and VU University Amsterdam. The other two panelists were Professor Sabine Hiebsch from VU University Amsterdam and Professor Tarald Rasmussen from the University of Oslo” You can see picture of the panelists here.
PhD student Christopher James has been busy publishing several articles on missiology. Chris’ two peer-reviewed journal articles are: “Missional Acuity: 20th Century Insights Toward a Redemptive Way of Seeing,” in Witness: Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education, vol. 26 (2012); and “Some Fell On Good Soil: Church Planting in Religious Ecologies,” Witness: Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education, vol. 27 (2013). Well done! We look forward to sharing more of his work.
Prof. Rady Roldan-Figueroa gave a presentation at the Center for Southwest Research and the Latin American and Iberian Institute of the University of New Mexico when he was there in June as Greenleaf Scholar. It dealt with the connections between the Provincia of San Diego of the Discalced Franciscans in Mexico, the Provincia de San Gregorio of the same order in Manila, and the representation of Japanese Christianity in 17th, 18th and 19th century New Spain. You can download the full presentation here.
Doctoral student Christopher James has recently published an article entitled: “Education that is Missional: Towards a Pedagogy for the Missional Church,” in Social Engagement: The Challenge of the “Social” in Missiological Education (Wilmore, KY: First Fruit Press, 2013, p.146-169). You can also access the article free online. Chris’ article has also been cited by by the African scholar who visited the CGCM in June, Dr. Fohle Lygunda, Head of the Department of Missiology International Leadership University in Burundi. The abstract of the article is below:
This paper explores the implications of missional theology for Christian religious education in congregations. In particular, it draws on recent notable missional titles to do three things: 1) to clarify the meaning and aims of missional education as Christian education that specifically privileges the goal of helping Christians discover and live into their identity as God’s cooperative partners in the missio dei, 2) to identify key characteristics of missional education, namely, attention to identity and acuity, life as the classroom, and Scripture as mission narrative, and 3) offer a modest proposal for missional education in the congregational setting through small communities of shared practice.
Christopher B. James is a PhD Candidate in Practical Theology at Boston University School of Theology with training from Fuller Theological Seminary, Wheaton College, and the Renovaré Institute. He can be found at www.jesusdust.com,www.newseattlechurches.com, and @chrisbjames.
Joanna Baradziej will be joining The Center for Global Christianity as a visiting researcher from the University of Bergen, Norway, for two months this summer. Joanna is currently doing research for her thesis on gender identity and female missionaries in Scotland and China. You can read more about Joanna and the Center’s other visiting researcher here. Welcome, Joanna!