Benjamin L. Hartley (BUSTh 2005) recently finished up 11 years of work as a mission professor and Director of United Methodist Studies at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University in Philadelphia. He now joins the faculty at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon as the Associate Professor of Christian Studies. He will continue to teach courses in Christian mission and the history of world Christianity among undergraduates and graduate students. He also recently became part of the Missional Wisdom Foundation cohort of United Methodists in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. This group is together exploring new possibilities for Christian ministry in the Northwest. Ben recently transferred his Conference relationship as a UMC deacon to Oregon-Idaho from Eastern Pennsylvania. In addition to his work at George Fox University he is also a deacon at Mountain Home United Methodist Church in Sherwood, Oregon.
The 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering (YLG 2016) was held in Jakarta, Indonesia from August 3rd to 10th with the theme of “United in the Great Story.” Highlighting the historical vision of the Lausanne Movement to connect influencers and ideas for the purpose of advancing global mission, YLG 2016 drew 1,000 emerging leaders from over 140 countries who are involved in various spheres of mission. Approximately two-thirds of the participants were invited from the Majority World in order to reflect the current state of world Christianity.
Particularly notable throughout the conference was a spirit of connection in God’s grand narrative of the world. Connections took place at different levels: small mentoring groups, one-on-one meetings, regional gatherings, and issue-based networks. Influential Christian thinkers such as Os Guinness and Ravi Zacharias shared profound insights on the uniqueness of the Christian gospel as well as on the formidable challenges for mission in our globalized world. The overwhelming social and spiritual challenges led to a clear awareness of the need for further collaboration and partnership in global mission.
YLG 2016 offered unique opportunities for connection through 35 workshops focused on some of the most important missiological issues set forth in The Cape Town Commitment. Diverse issues such as Bible translation, children at risk, creation care, diaspora, media engagement, mental health, and the study of global Christianity were carefully discussed in each workshop. New initiatives, prospective partnerships, and regional collaborations were proposed to put what was discussed into practice.
YLG 2016 aims to continue to connect its participants through what is called the Lausanne Younger Leaders Generation. All participants are invited to join in this ongoing connection through issue networks and regional groups. Daewon Moon, the doctoral fellow at the CGCM, attended the conference as a delegate representing South Korea and Burundi.
A summary video about YLG 2016 is accessible here.
Report by Daewon Moon
David W. Scott, assistant professor of religion and Pieper Chair of Servant Leadership at Ripon College and CGCM alumnus (STH ’07, GRS ’13), recently published his book Mission as Globalization: Methodists in Southeast Asia at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. The book unites the history of globalization with the history of Christian mission, examining the global connections produced by the Methodist Episcopal Church’s Malaysia Mission from 1885-1915. Full description of his book can be found here.
Laura A. Chevalier, PhD candidate and CGCM student affiliate, has reviewed an important book exploring women and missions, Women and Christian Mission: Ways of Knowing and Doing Theology by Frances S. Adeney. Her review can be found in Missiology: An International Review 44, No.3 (July 2016): 362.
Dr. Nimi Wariboko, the Walter G. Muelder Professor of Social Ethics and CGCM faculty associate, was awarded the Ali Mazrui Award on July 4, 2016. The award was given by the Board of TOFAC (Toyin Falola Annual Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora) to scholars who have shown research excellence and distinguished scholarship. The award ceremony took place at the Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria where Dr. Wariboko was invited to deliver a keynote address titled “Constructing Africa’s Greatness: The Neglected Path of Community, Narratives, and Care of the Soul.”
The Yale-Edinburgh Group held its meeting at New College, the University of Edinburgh from June 23 to June 25, 2016. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Responses to Missions: Appropriations, Revisions, and Rejections.” Approximately eighty global scholars gathered for the meeting.
This year, two CGCM students presented their papers at the meeting. Laura Chevalier, Ph.D candidate at the Boston University School of Theology, gave a presentation on her paper, “Spirit-Filled homes and kids: how nurture and revivals at Mukti mission schools and Assiout orphanage contributed to the spread of global Pentecostalism,” and Younghwa Kim, M.Div graduate, presented his research on “Ahmadi Muslims’ response to Christian missions in Northern India and the expansion of Ahmadiyya in Africa.”
On July 19, 2016, Dr. Koh Hyeseong-Cheon will be recognized as an Outstanding American by Choice by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for her achievements and contributions as a naturalized citizen. Senator Richard Blumenthal and other representatives of the government will speak at this event. She is the first Korean American to receive this recognition. Dr. Koh received a Doctorate degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Boston University in 1959. She is a co-founder of the East Rock Institute in New Haven, Connecticut (1952-) and her leadership was acknowledged through her reception of the Prime Minister’s Award in South Korea (1990), the Korean Broadcasting Society Overseas Korean Compatriot Prize in South Korea (2000), the Connecticut Governor’s Award (2003), and the Order of Civil Merit in South Korea (2007). More description of her achievements can be found at the Boston Korean Diaspora Project website.
Dr. Hunter P. Mabry, teacher, sociologist, and missionary, passed away on July 9, 2016, after a long struggle with chronic radiation damage. Mabry obtained his Doctorate in Sociology of Religion and Social Ethics at the Boston University School of Theology in 1969 and had taught and mentored hundreds of students under the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and the United Theological College in Bangalore, India. His memorial service was held on July 16 at the Jesus the Redeemer Church, Roanoke, Virginia. Full tribute can be found here.
Gina Zurlo, PhD candidate and student affiliate of the CGCM, and Todd Johnson, Associate Professor of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, recently published an article “Unaffiliated, Yet Religious: A Methodological and Demographic Analysis.” The article appeared in the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion and is available online here.