The Center for Global Christianity & Mission will be co-hosting a graduate student conference at Boston University on “Religious Diversity: Conflict, Cooperation, and Creolization” to be held November 14th, 2015. Harvard University’s Diana L. Eck will give the keynote address, and there will be several panels of student papers. Please see the Religious Diversity Call for Papers with information for the call for papers. The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2015.
For further information visit: https://reldivconf2015.
In a recent essay, Chris Evans explored important questions scholars need to raise when they think about American Methodism, particularly after the Civil War. One way to reconsider the role of Methodism, Evans argued, would be to look at the role of Methodist young people, citing the motive magazine as a rich and untapped source. The Center for Global Christianity & Mission will have the entire run of motive available for digital research in September 2015.
On June 19th, Professor Rady Roldan-Figueroa will be in Madrid, Spain presenting his research on “Anticlericalismo, filosemitismo e identidad prostestate en el Carrascón.” Details about the conference can be found below.
The Pacific-Northwest has some of the highest rates in the country of religious “nones,” people who claim no particular religious affiliation. Yet cities like Seattle are also home to a number of innovative Christian churches. In two media interviews, alumnus Christopher James of Dubuque University discusses his research on new church formations in Seattle and what they may tell us about the future of religion. You can access them from KING5 News “Religious Affiliation and the Future Church,” and KUOW.org “The Future Of Religion? A Researcher Looks To Seattle For Clues.”
In a time of political instability, war, and growing fundamentalist sentiment and policies in many parts of the Middle East, Orthodox Christians find themselves under increasing pressure and uncertainly.
The conference Orthodox Christianity and Humanitarianism: Ideas and Actions in the Contemporary World held tomorrow May 7th through the 8th, explores theological, historical, and contemporary responses of Orthodoxy and humanitarianism. It will be held at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA. CGCM Director Dr. Dana L. Robert will be a participant in this important event.
The conference will have a live watching opportunity for those interested but unable to attend.
The award winning book, The Making of Korean Christianity: Protestant Encounters with Korean Religions, 1879-1915 was recently reviewed in the Africanas Journal. The publication is doubly significant for the Center for Global Christianity & Mission, as the author of the book, Sung-Deuk Oak, graduated from the Boston University School of Theology in 2002. The review was written by Gun Cheol Kim, a current PhD candidate in Mission Studies at the School of Theology.
Last month, two doctoral students in the School of Theology successfully defended dissertations in world Christianity and mission. Daryl Ireland wrote his dissertation on the preeminent twentieth century Asian revivalist John Sung, Christian Revitalization in China and Southeast Asia. And Travis Myers wrote his thesis on John Eliot, a pioneer missionary among the Native Americans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, “Get as Near to God as You Can”: The Congregationalist Piety and Cross-Cultural Ministry of John Eliot (1604-1690). A special congratulations to Dr. Daryl Ireland (left) and Dr. Travis Myers (right), for contributing to research in the field!
The Boston University community will hold reception in honor of Archbishop Romero’s anticipated beatification on May 23, 2015. The reception will be held at School of Theology Community Center, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, May 11th, 5-630pm. with an exhibition on display May 1st-20th.
(Above: Shawn Daggett and Students)
Dr. Shawn Daggett, professor of mission at Harding College, has been in Massachusetts on a mission trip with 26 students, looking at historical mission sites. Harding College has a robust missions program, with over 300 undergraduate minors.
Daggett earned his Bachelors and Masters at Harding before entering the Th.D. program at Boston University. His degree is in New Testament and Missions.
Shawn and his wife Donna worked as missionaries in Italy from 1986 to 1996, and he worked at a church in Natick, MA. Daggett hopes to equip students to work as missionaries in Europe and New England.
(Above: Donna and Shawn Daggett with Dana Robert)
When the President of Burundi announced his decision to pursue a third term in office, protests erupted across the country. Opponents of the president point out that the move is unconstitutional. Police have responded to the demonstrations with tear gas and live ammunition shot into the air. Daewon Moon, a PhD student in Mission Studies at Boston University, has been temporarily relocated to Uganda.