News of the extended network of faculty, alumni, students, visiting researchers, and mission partners is regularly updated, and some of the big ideas or major events in Global Christianity are covered in the CGCM News.

African Christian Biography

The centrality of African Christians inspired the creation of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography over 20 years ago. To celebrate 20 years of collecting African biographies, the DACB hosted a conference in 2015. The fruit of that conference is a new book: African Christian Biography. Published by Cluster books, the volume will be available in July 2018.

China Connection

By driJune 8th, 2018in Faculty Associates, People

Entrance to the Library of the Beijing Foreign Studies University
Entrance to the Library of the Beijing Foreign Studies University

Professor Eugenio Menegon (Chinese History) is spending a month in China (May 22-June 23) as an invited Visiting Scholar at the Beijing Foreign Studies University (Institute of European Studies), Sichuan Normal University (Department of History), and Shanghai University (Department of History).  While in China, he is lecturing undergraduate and graduate students and giving public presentations about his research on the history of Chinese-Western relations, including a presentation on “The Habit that Hides the Monk: Missionary Fashion Strategies in Ming and Qing China.”

New Perspectives on the Historiography of Christianity

Prof. Isabel Mukonyoro and Dana L. Robert

In light of the global reality of Christianity, how might historians “provincialize Europe”? Humboldt University in Berlin sponsored an international workshop to consider the historiography of Christianity, especially in the West, and how it has not yet kept up with the development of world Christianity. How can historians do justice to the global nature of Christianity? Convened by Prof. Dr. Judith Becker, among those gathered were Jeffrey Cox, Andreas Feldtkeller, Sebastian Kim, Klaus Koschorke, Christoph Markschies, Isabel Mukonyora, Dana L. Robert, and J. Jayakiran Sebastian. More information is available at:


Call for Papers: Historical Monuments and Modern Society in China

By driMay 24th, 2018in Call for Papers

Attached please find the call for papers for an international conference, “Historical Monuments and Modern Society,” to be held in Shanghai on December 1-2, 2018. This conference certainly bears relevance to missions and Christianity in the modern recovery of ancient sites around the world.

Dong WANG, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Director of Wellington Koo Institute for Modern China in World History
Distinguished University Professor of History
College of Liberal Arts
Shanghai University;
Research Associate (since 2002)
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Harvard University

50 Years Later: The Impact of the United Methodist Union on Mission

By driMay 17th, 2018in Alumni Profiles and News

Bishop James Thomas--Uniting Conf 1968
Bishop James Thomas speaking at the Uniting Conference in 1968. PHOTO: GENERAL COMMISSION ON ARCHIVES AND HISTORY

The United Methodist Church is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding, which occurred with the 1968 merger of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren. Much of the celebration has been focused on the merger as an ecumenical achievement and a step forward in racial equality with the end of the segregated Central Jurisdiction of the Methodist Church. This union also had significant implications for mission. Among these were effects on the global structure of the new denomination, increased attention to issues around racial justice, and new organizations that were formed for mission work, including the creation of United Methodist Women. In a recent article, David Scott (’13) explores the history and changes effected in Methodist missions by the creation of the United Methodist Church.

Post-Doc Fellowships

By driMay 14th, 2018in Announcements, Opportunities

The Global Research Institute program at Fuller Theological Seminary, in partnership with the Luce Foundation, is offering two six-month postdoctoral fellowships for two specific writing projects on mission topics in 2019-2020. One is on technology and the other on migration. Proposals are welcome. The deadline for applications is June 1st this year. For details visit and scroll down to the “Call for Proposals” box on the righthand side. The direct link to the call is

Reflections on the Global Christian Forum

shutterstock_158678699What difference does another conference on Christian unity have on the way congregations actually relate to one another? Bishop Brian Farrell, Secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, urged those gathered at the third Global Christian Forum in Bogata, Columbia to work out the consequences of what they had discovered together. Among others who shaped the experience, and raised the important questions at the meeting, were three Boston University alumni affiliated with the Center for Global Christianity and Mission: Casely Essamuah (’03), Ruth Padilla DeBorst (’16), and Gina Zurlo (’17). In combination with others, they are trying to understand how Global Christianity and Christian unity are held together. For a description of the meeting, Wes Granberg-Michaelson submitted an article describing “An Open Window On a Mutilated Body” in Sojourners magazine.