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Torbet Prize for Best Essay in Any Area of Baptist History

The American Baptist Historical Society is receiving submissions for the Torbet Prize. The winner will receive $500 and have his or her paper published in the American Baptist Quarterly. No submission may already be published elsewhere, it should be 25 pages or less in length (excluding notes), and written in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. Entries can be sent before September 1, 2017 to:

American Baptist Historical Society
Mercer University
3001 Mercer University Dr.
Atlanta, GA  30341

Electronic submissions are to be sent to


Missions, Religion, and Culture

Brazilian scholars Carlos André Silva de Moura, Eliane Moura da Silva, and Harley Abrantes Moreira, have recently edited a volume on Missões, Religião e Cultura. The volume consists of two roughly equal parts. The first section examines Catholic missions, administration, and intellectuals. The latter portion is devoted to Catholic and Protestant missions in Brazil, Angola, and Mozambique. The introduction frames the volume with an essay by Dana Robert, “World Christianity as a Women’s Movement,” now translated into Portuguese.

Sprunt Lectures 2017: Cross-Cultural Friendship and Mission

For over 100 years, Union Presbyterian Seminary has hosted the James Sprunt Lectures, which invites speakers of outstanding quality to the seminary to discuss aspects of Christian thought and work. This year, UPS invited Dana Robert to deliver four lectures on “Cross-Cultural Friendship and Christian Mission: History and Practices.” Robert showcases how relationships, sometimes the most difficult to codify aspects of mission, have transformative power.

Going Native or Remaining Foreign?

A conference on Catholic missionaries as Local Agents in Asia in the 17th and 18th centuries will happen in Rome May 30–June 1, 2017. Organized by the Deutsches Historiches Institut in Rom, École Française de Rome, Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Abteilung für Neuere Geschichte des Historischen Instituts der Universität Bern, the conference aims to assess missionaries roles in various social environments, rather than simply examining their place in different countries. Thus, the conference is divided into studies of missionary activity in urban, court, household, and rural settings.

Eugenio Menegon will present a paper on “The Habit that Hides the Monk: Missionary Fashion Strategies at the Imperial Court in Early Modern China.”

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Dana-office-2015-2Dr. Dana L. Robert, Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission and Director of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission at the School of Theology, has been elected as a member of the 237th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on April 12, 2017. Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers. This is one of the highest and most prestigious honors that a scholar in the arts and sciences can attain. Dr. Robert will be inducted into the Academy in a ceremony in Cambridge, MA on October 7, 2017.  


Call for Abstracts: Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society

Editors: Jayeel Serrano Cornelio (Ateneo de Manila), François Gauthier (Université de Fribourg), Tuomas Martikainen (Migration Institute of Finland) and Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University)

This is a Call for Abstracts to contribute to the Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society (target publication: 2018).  We are particularly interested in contributions from early career scholars from around the world.

The study of religion is at a turning point, along with religion itself. This book will capitalise on the emergence of a new paradigm, which considers religion in the 21st century as globally interconnected and mediated by new geopolitical and market logics.

This volume will showcase new approaches to religion, which work across boundaries of religious tradition, academic discipline, and region.

For more information, please refer to the attached overview for details.  You may send your proposed title, abstract (no more than 500 words), name, and affiliation to Jayeel Cornelio ( by July 15, 2017.

We’d like to ask for your help to circulate this call among your networks.

Thank you very much.

The Editors

Religion in Global Society Call for Abstract (Final May 2017)

Dictionary of African Christian Biography Captures “Amazing Stories” of African Church Leaders

By Soojin ChungApril 21st, 2017in Faculty Associates
jonathan-bonkDr. Jonathan Bonk, CGCM faculty associate, was interviewed by the President of the Food Grains Bank about the Dictionary of African Christian Biography on April 15, 2017. The interview article mentions the purpose and goal of DACB, which is to collect, preserve and make freely available the previously-unrecorded biographies of African Christian leaders like Bhengu—and the many thousands of others who were vital to the growth of the church on that continent. Full article can be found here.



Works of Hanserd Knollys

Roldan-200x300Dr. Roldán-Figueroa, CGCM faculty associate, recently published the first volume of the Collected Works of Hanserd Knollys: Pamphlets on Religion (Mercer University Press, 2017). Together with Dr. William Pitts (Department of Religion, Baylor University), Roldán-Figueroa has collected, edited, and annotated some of the seminal pamphlets that defined seventeenth-century English Baptists. Hanserd Knollys was a Baptist minister who after a brief sojourn in Boston, returned to England and was part of some of the theological and confessional debates that defined Baptists in relation to Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and Quakers. The volume is part of the series Early English Baptist Texts, edited by Roldán-Figueroa and Dr. Douglas Weaver (Department of Religion, Baylor University).

World Christianity and the Fourfold Gospel

Screen Shot 2017-04-05 at 12.23.49 PMThe third issue of World Christianity and the Fourfold Gospel came out in March 2017. Many CGCM alums and faculty associate are involved with this journal—Dr. Yeon-seung Lee as managing editor; Dr. Dana Robert, Dr. Sung-deuk Oak, Dr. Myung-soo Park, and Dr. Brian Clark on the advisory board. Dr. Yeon-seung Lee also contributed an article entitled “Korean Initiative of the Rural Reconstruction by the YMCA in Colonial Korea.” Readers are encouraged to submit articles to the journal. Screen Shot 2017-04-05 at 12.23.28 PM


Explorations in Ecumenism, Missions and Pentecostalism

jonathan-bonkDr. Jonathan Bonk, CGCM faculty associate, recently published a book chapter entitled  “‘And They Marveled.’ Mammon as Miracle in Western Missionary Encounters” in A Light to the Nations: Explorations in Ecumenism, Missions and Pentecostalism, edited by Stanley M. Burgess and Paul W. Lewis. Dr. Bonk also chaired the meeting of the board of the Global Mission Leadership Forum in New Haven on February 20. The Forum will be held in Sokcho, South Korea, from November 7-11 on the theme “Migration, Human Dislocation, and Accountability in Mission.” This will be the fourth biennial conference in the series, each of which has generated a book in Korean and in English.