Digital Projects undergird the research and outreach commitments of the CGCM. Innovative digital projects open windows into essential issues in World Christianity. They are the virtual libraries of the 21st century. With our determination to make mission scholarship available to people throughout the world, free of cost, the CGCM sponsors select digital projects in collaboration with the School of Theology Library and with the Digital Initiatives and Open Access program at Boston University.
The History of Missiology Website (founded 2003) focuses largely on the Protestant contribution to mission thought and practice, including theologies and strategies, reflections on the encounter between Christianity and other religions, and early observations of various cultures. The site consists of two sections: several thousand “classic” texts in mission history (scanned from the Boston University collection with the assistance of Internet Archive), and biographical sketches and texts of prominent mission thinkers from the seventeenth to twentieth century.
The Digital Archive of Russian Methodist History documents the history of Russian Methodism in the twentieth century. Launched in collaboration with the United Methodist Seminary in Russia, the Archive is in the process of collecting, scanning, and posting online important letters, magazines, photographs, and other materials. Of special note is the extensive collection of the Reverend Bruce Weaver, who headed the Russia Initiative of the United Methodist Church for fifteen years. For additional information on the physical holdings of the Archive, contact the School of Theology Archives.
The Dictionary of African Christian Biography was founded in 1995 by Dr. Jonathan Bonk and the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut. It is the preeminent source of information on the founding and expansion of African Christianity. In 2012, the DACB moved to Boston University, in collaboration with Africa International University in Nairobi, Kenya, and other Africa-based wiki sites. Boston University provides the IT and academic infrastructure for the DACB. Dr. Bonk serves as Executive Editor, and Project Manager Michele Sigg is a doctoral student in the School of Theology.
The AIC Photo Archive represents forty-five years of research among African Initiated Churches in Zimbabwe by Professor M.L. Daneel, beginning in 1965. Hundreds of Daneel’s photos have been scanned for commentary and eventual online publication. This digital project is not yet live, but a sample of the photos can be found under the African Initiatives heading of the CGCM website.