Conference Invitation: Can the Native Christian Speak? Discerning the Voices of Indigenous Christians

Emory University’s Chandler School of Theology extends an invitation to all interested in a one day conference: Can the Native Christian Speak? Discerning the Voices of Indigenous Christians in Missionary and Colonial Archives, Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 8:45am – 5pm

Location: Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322

 $10 to attend.

This one-day conference will gather together historians of World Christianity to discuss one of the great difficulties in their work, which is a lack of historical materials produced by non-European Christians.  Much of what we know about past Christian communities in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania comes from work produced by foreigners, especially missionaries and colonial officials.  The scholars will discuss both the problems and possibilities of working with western archives, with their particular silences and voices.  The panel presentations will lay the foundations for a published volume of essays on this topic, edited by Candler’s Arun W. Jones, the Hankey Associate Professor of World Evangelism.


Conference Schedule – Emory Conference Center Hotel:


7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome and introductions

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. ASIA:  Papers by Adrian Hermann, Mrinalini Sebastian, Haruko Ward

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Public discussion of papers on Asian Christianity

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA:  Papers by Jay Carney, Paul Kollman, Dianne Diakité

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Public discussion of papers on African Christianity

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. THE AMERICAS:  Papers by Kenneth Mills, Christopher Vecsey, Yanna Yannakakis

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Public discussion of papers on Christianity in the Americas

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. RESPONSES:  Gyanendra Pandey, Dana Robert

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Public discussion of all papers and responses

4:30 p.m. Adjournment


For questions or more information, contact Arun Jones at or at 404-727-108