Research

The research agenda of the Center for Global Christianity is driven by the interests of the people who are part of its community. Reports about their ongoing work will be posted from time to time.

Transnational Missionary Movements

In the fall of 2017, Dr. Dana L. Robert will be a Senior Research Fellow at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, Germany. While there, she will also address the Roman Catholic and Protestant Missiological Societies on Transnational Misionary Movements. On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the two societies will meet together for the first time.

West African Pentecostalism

In Global Renewal Christianity: Spirit-Empowered Movements, Past, Present, and Future, vol 3: Africa and Diaspora, Nimi Wariboko surveys the everyday theology of West African Pentecostals. It is an opportunity to explore what Pentecostal faith looks like in Africa at home, work, among the family, and church.

Yale-Edinburgh Meeting

June 29 - July 1, the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of Christian Mission and World Christianity met in New Haven, Connecticut. The topic addressed at this annual meeting was "Migration, Exile, and Pilgrimage in the History of Missions and World Christianity." It was the largest gathering in the group's history, which included a significant contingent from Boston University. Michele Sigg presented on "Women Missionaries, Intercultural Marriage, and Exile: Desert or Promised Land for the Early Work of the Lesotho Mission?" Daryl Ireland delivered a paper on "Migration and Conversion: An Exploration in the Journals of John Sung." Tyler Lenocker... More

The Beginning of the East African Revival

The spirituality of the East African Revival took a distinctive shape in its early years. In a recently published article in the International Bulletin of Mission Research on "The Conversion of Yosiya Kinuka and the Beginning of the East African Revival," Daewon Moon argues that the revivalist spirituality was prompted by the conversion of Yosiya Kinuka, an African member of the Ruanda Mission medical staff. Highlighting the African initiative in the revival, this article critically assesses previous historical analyses of religious conversion in the colonial context and argues that the conversion of Kinuka served as an archetype that shaped the character of the revival... More

Call for Papers: Hearing God’s Voice in Methodist Mission

On April 8-10, 2019, Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, in collaboration with Candler School of Theology of Emory University in Atlanta, GA, USA, will host a world conference of scholars and leaders to celebrate Methodism’s mission heritage and look to the future of mission among the people called Methodists. The conference will be called “Answering the Call: Hearing God’s Voice in Methodist Mission, Past, Present, and Future,” and will be held in Atlanta, GA, USA, at the Emory University Conference Center Hotel. The dates for the conference will coincide with the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Missionary... More