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.

Global Ecumenism

By driJanuary 17th, 2019in Alumni Profiles and News

In December 2018, Rev. Dr. Casely Essamuah (’03), the Secretary of the Global Christian Forum, had an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican. One of the books that Essamuah is handing the Holy Father is a copy of his dissertation, Genuinely Ghanaian: A History of the Methodist Church, 1961-2000.

Call for Papers: African Language, Literature, Music and Prayer Repertoires

By driJanuary 14th, 2019in Call for Papers

Nagel Legon International Conference 2019
Call for Papers:
African Language, Literature, Music and Prayer Repertoires: Exploring Indigenous Epistemologies and Spiritualities

Date: July 24th26th, 2019
Venue: University of Ghana, Legon


Christianity in Africa offers an abundance of linguistic resources that serve as a wellspring for African spirituality and values. However, while current scholarship that engages African Christianity often focuses on the rapid growth and diverse expressions of the faith on the continent and in the African diaspora, the role of language, music, film, and literature as significant articulations of African spirituality and values remains largely unexplored.

The language that is appropriated to convey experiences of faith and spirituality, including names, attributes and the language used to describe supernatural entities and deitiesmay be seen to represent the embodiment of the contemporary experiences of people’sperceptions. African literature, proverbs, songs, prayers, and appellations are not only repositories of these names and attributes but also fuller expressions of African experiences and perceptions of supersensible entities and their interactions with humans, but also important expressions of indigenous spirituality and values. Similarly, in praise genres we find what has variously been called grassroots, oral, spontaneous, or implicit theology, and represents a typeof “reflective theology” in its own right. Film, home videos and African literary works are yet other mediums in which aspects of African religious values and Christian spirituality are regularly featured.

By engaging religious studies, theology, social sciences, and the arts, this conference seeks to explore indigenous epistemologies and spiritualities through the prism of African language, literature, music, and prayer repertoires. We solicit contributions that explore, engage and analyze African literary works, music, prayers, oral histories, appellations, film, or praises in Africa and the African diaspora, in order to discern ways in which African spirituality and values are perceived and expressed by individuals and religious institutions and local communities. Contributions that raise issues of gender, ethnicity, identity, and colonialism/post-colonialism would be welcome. The conference seeks to demonstrate the importance of inter- and cross- disciplinary scholarship between the arts, humanities, and social sciences for more well- rounded, holistic engagement with African religions and spirituality.

This conference is hosted by the University of Ghana’s Department for the Study ofReligions in partnership with the Nagel Institute’s African Theological Advance Initiative, which is generously supported with funding from the Templeton Religion Trust. For further details, please see

Please note: for all of the sub-themes, references to Africa or African refer equally to the African diaspora. Papers engaging issues of gender and marginalized voices are particularly welcome. Sub-themes and potential topics around which the conference is organized include but are not limited to the following:

  • African spirituality and values from African theological and/or indigenous epistemological lenses
  • African religions and spirituality as portrayed in African literature (colonial/post-colonial novels, dramas, poetry, biography/autobiography, etc.)
  • African values and spiritualities in historical context


  • Contemporary expressions of African religions, spirituality and values in film and media
  • African indigenous agents and the promotion of African values and spirituality within

    African Christian mission history

  • Oral expressions of African religions, spirituality, and values (prayer, proverbs, parables,

    storytelling, idioms, etc.)

  • African spirituality and values expressed within African music (gospel music; reggae;

    worship music; popular cultural music etc.)

  • African spirituality, gender and sexuality explored within language, literature and worship


    ***Abstracts/Panel proposals: Each prospective presenter should submit an abstract of not more than 250 words by email to by January 31st, 2019.Abstracts must be prepared as Microsoft Word documents and should include the presenter’sname, title of paper, institutional affiliation, and contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email address). Panel proposals should be sent as one document with an overall abstract, and should also include the abstract and personal information for each panel member/presenter. Participants will be notified about the status of their proposals by February 20th, 2019.

    ***Conference Registration and Rates: (including selected refreshments, lunches, and the conference banquet)

    Early Bird Rates (March 1st30th):

    • Participants from the Global North: $100USD
    • Participants from the Global South: $80
    • Students/unwaged: $50USD

      Late Registration Rate (April 1stMay 10th):

    • Participants from the Global North: $150USD
    • Participants from the Global South: $110USD
    • Students/unwaged: $50USD

      Accommodations: bookings will be available at African Studies Yiri Lodge (Legon Campus):

    • Single room @$70USD
    • Standard Room $50$80USD
    • Deluxe room @ $100USD
    • Suite @ $120USD

      Participants may also choose to make their own bookings at the nearby Erata hotel. Prices are subject to change; we will post the most up-to-date figures as they are available:

  • Single Room @$100USD
  • Double Room @$120USD

    **Delegates should be aware that traffic within the city to/from the University can be very heavy and time-consuming; therefore we encourage you to stay on campus!

    Additional Extras:

    We are planning excursions before/after the conference to Cape Coast and Elmina Castles, as well as within Accra. We are also in discussions with the hosts of “Panafest 2019” to see howour participants might join in some of their events. Panafest is an event dedicated to African dance, music, and other performing arts to be held in Cape Coast, 25th July to 2nd August. Further details and costs for these extras will be posted as they become available.

Call for Papers: Mission Amid Global Crises

By driJanuary 14th, 2019in Call for Papers

Today perhaps more than ever before, global missionaries encounter numerous forms of crises andhuman suffering in the normal course of their work. Whether it’s poverty in Africa, a Tsunami insoutheast Asia, human trafficking in India, or refugees in Europe and America, the likelihood that missionary efforts will intersect with some form of global crisis appears to be on the rise. What does this mean for mission theology and practice in the 21st century? How will these events shape the future of the church engaged in the Missio Dei? These issues raise important missiological questions for the church, including:

  • How do these realities impact the ongoing debate between holistic missions advocates and those who emphasize proclamation?
  • What are the implications for indigeneity when it comes to responding to global crises? How can disaster relief efforts build on the knowledge and cultural insight of local churches and local believers? How can local believers be an integral part of disaster response?
  • What contextual theologies are coming from the global south that inform modern mission praxis as it relates to human suffering?
  • What do global crises mean for North American and European churches, especially in light of materialism and individualism that often characterize Western churches?
  • How do global crises and resulting needs affect fundraising strategies?
  • How do missionaries and organizations engage in responsible evangelism in the midst of crises?
  • How does the concept of Missio Dei relate to responding to human need?
  • What are churches among the poor doing to respond to crises in their own communities?
  • How do global crises especially affect women and children? How can the church on mission serve the needs of women and children in crises?

    Papers are solicited that address these and other related topics from missiological, theological, historical, sociological, and/or regional perspectives.

    To propose a paper, send a topic title and 200-300 word abstract to yourregional EMS vice president. Paper proposals submitted by January 23, 2019, will receive priority consideration for acceptance. Accepted papers should be 4500-7000 words in length and use Chicago Turabian author-date citation format. Selected papers presented at the regional meetings will be invited to be presented at the annual EMS meeting in Dallas, September 13-15, 2019, leading to the possibility of being published as a chapter in the EMS Annual Compendium for 2020.

    2019 EMS conference chairs:

    Kirsten Priest (
    Michelle Raven (
    Jerry M. Ireland (

Remembering Lamin Sanneh

By driJanuary 10th, 2019in Africa, People, World Christianity

Professor Lamin Sanneh, a dear friend and member of the original DACB Advisory Council passed away suddenly on January 6, 2019. Professor Sanneh’s involvement with the DACB began in August 1995, when the DACB was little more than an idea. Since that time, his interest in the enterprise remained constant. His association with the project in its early days lent it the academic credibility essential to its success. He will be sorely missed. We will be publishing his obituary and a full tribute in the near future.

–Jonathan Bonk

Both Jonathan Bonk and Dana Robert spoke about the loss of Lamin Sanneh in Christianity Today. In addition, Dana Robert spoke to the Washington Times as it created an obituary for Professor Sanneh.

Call for Papers: Religion, Race, and Africa

By driDecember 13th, 2018in Call for Papers
The Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race (TRRR) invites presentation proposals for its 2019 conference, which will convene at Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR), Hekima University College in Nairobi, Kenya, July 1-5. 

This conference takes place against the backdrop of an era of increased political authoritarianism and a noticeable rise in racial and religious intolerance across the world. In Africa the issues of migration, review of conflict intervention mechanisms and an ideological shift on the war on terrorism have raised questions on US strategy in Africa. There has also been a noticeable increase in recent years of suspicions toward known and settled facts and of an economic and cultural nationalism that is fuelling conflicts across the World.

This time of global uncertainty requires a bold and progressive agenda, that also recognizes assets and cultures of cooperation to challenge the existing order. We seek papers that will address these issues with urgency, clarity and an understanding of what is at stake and what can be imagined.

Themes to be addressed include:

  • Political and Religious Authoritarianism: Past, Present and Future
  • Deconstructing Conflict, Violence and Sovereignty in Africa and Across the Diaspora
  • Assets, Cooperatives and the Culture of Cooperation
  • Patriarchy, Sexism and the Role of Culture in Africa and the Diaspora
  • Faith-based Responses to the Immigration Crisis
  • New Formations of African Identity on the Continent and Across the Diaspora
  • Old Media New Media, Social Media and the Production of Knowledge-based Development
  • Religion, Race and Morality in the Age of New Social Movements

We invite analysis of these and other tensions at the intersections of religion, race, class, gender and nationality, especially bearing upon faith sector positioning and responses within Africa and diasporic contexts. Contemporary and historical analysis of these contexts are welcome. Best practices presentations and scholarly papers should be outlined in an abstract of 250 words or fewer and emailed by January 30th, 2019 to Dr. William Ackah  ( and Dr. R. Drew Smith (

Call for Presentations: Stewardship, Simplicity, and Mission

By driDecember 12th, 2018in Call for Papers

ASM Annual Meeting 2019

The American Society of Missiology will meet June 14-16, 2019, at St. Mary’s College, South Bend, IN. The theme for this year’s annual meeting is: Lifestyles of the Rich and Faithful: Stewardship, Simplicity, and Mission. For a full statement of the conference theme visit the ASM website. Registration for the annual meeting will open in February 2019. Please consider joining us!

Call for Presentations

As we come to grips with the economic and cultural consequences of globalization, where the gap between the rich and the poor has only widened, it feels timely to mine the depths of the rich biblical theme of stewardship and its missional implications, which include issues of solidarity with the poor, economic inequalities, theologies of wealth and prosperity, and personal lifestyles. Plenary speakers Ronald J. Sider, Fr. Benigno Beltran, and Debra Mumford, and a host of practitioners will inspire and facilitate us in conversations around stewardship, simplicity, and mission.

Papers might address topics including (but not limited to):

  • Stewardship and Mission
  • Wealth and Poverty
  • Money and Mission
  • Simple Lifestyle
  • Compassion, Justice, and Reconciliation (Holistic Mission)
  • Challenging Social Injustices: Sexism, Racism, and Classism
  • Prosperity Gospel
  • Environmental concerns
  • Urban mission
  • Community Development/Transformation

We also welcome presentations that fit the theme less formally, but which engage mission studies more generally.

We strongly encourage teams of three or more presenters to collaborate and submit proposals for panel sessions focused on shared themes. As space permits, we also invite proposals for high quality individual papers that are not linked to a formally proposed panel session.

This year, we also invite proposals for Works-in-Progress. For more information about presentation formats, see the Presentation Guidelines on the ASM website.

Submitting Proposals

To submit a presentation proposal:
To submit a panel session proposal:
To submit a Korean-language presentation proposal:

The deadline for all panel, paper, and colloquium submissions is January 25, 2019. Confirmation of accepted panel and paper proposals expected by March 8, 2019.


●        For presentation proposals, contact Madge Karecki (ASM 2nd VP; and Shari Madkins (Parallel Sessions coordinator;
●        For the ASM travel pool, contact Robert Danielson (ASM treasurer;
●        For the conference in general, contact Al Tizon (ASM President;

Call for Papers: Reimagining Mission

By driDecember 10th, 2018in Call for Papers

Reimagining Mission: Teaching mission for a changing world

The Association of Professor of Missions extends an open call for paper presentation proposals for its annual meeting June 13-14, 2019. Those interested in presenting a paper at APM should submit a proposed tile with a 150-200 word abstract to A. Sue Russell, APM President at sue.russell@asburyseminary.eduby March 30, 2019. 

Theme: This year we will consider how we can reimagine mission to teach mission in a changing world. At the close of the 20thcentury, several books were published looking forward to what mission would look like in the 21stcentury. They discussed trends such as supporting national workers, theological drifts, short term mission explosion, tent making, justice, creation care, partnership, international mission movements. We are now two decades into the 21stcentury and it is time to take stock of where mission is headed in the next 20 years.

How do the changes in the world affect how we imagine and teach mission.  Specifically, how do we prepare people for what mission will look like in 20 years, 30 years and beyond? What trends that were predicted at the close of the 20thcentury still apply today?  What has changed in the landscape of mission for which we need to prepare people?  What kinds of skills do people need to encounter the challenges of mission in the next decades?  Who will be involved in the next global mission movement?

Papers are encouraged that address a wide range of topics for the teaching of mission in the next two decades. We especially encourage young scholars and future professors of mission to participate in this conversation. There are several areas that papers may address, including:

Looking back:Papers are encouraged to look at predictions that were made regarding trends for 21st century missions, such as diaspora mission, refugees, globalization, urbanization, etc. and discuss how they have shaped and will continue to shape teaching mission in the future. They may also address concepts and theories that need to be revised and/or expanded, or theories that are no longer relevant for mission today.

Looking Forward–Practitioners of Missions.  Papers may address who will be the next practitioners of mission. With the rise of the ‘nones’ in North American and Europe, the rise of the global church, and the move of mission to the local church, how do we prepare the next generation of practitioners? What is the role of professors of mission in equipping the church and supporting global partnerships and global mission practitioners? 

Looking Forward–New Approaches: Papers may seek to address new approaches to mission in a changing context. What are the possibilities for ecumenical partnerships, missional churches, interreligious dialogue, communal living, missional churches, and social action?

Looking forward–Training and Support: What are new methods to train and support the next generation of practitioners? What will training programs look like, what new delivery systems, educational programs, and training programs will effectively equip the next generation of mission practitioners?

Looking forward– New Challenges: What new challenges will mission practitioners face and how do we prepare them for challenges such as an increase in violence, natural disasters, political instability, persecution, displaced peoples, etc? What new strategies are needed for the changing world?  How do these particularly affect women and children?

Other areas: Topics that relate to the teaching of mission in general will be considered.

SUBMISSION AND PRESENTATION REQUIREMENTS Paper proposal deadline: March 30, 2019. Notification of accepted papers: April 15, 2019. Submission of completed papers and confirmation of meeting attendance: May 30, 2019. For the purpose of online publication of presentations submitted papers may be up to 5000 words included notes and references (about 20 page double-spaced) and should conform to the style guide of Missiology: An International Review, available at: The full text of all papers approved for the conference will be made available to the members of APM online as The Proceedings of the Association of Professor of Mission, 2019.

Presentation at the meeting will be limited to 15 to 20 minutes plus additional time for discussion depending on number of presentations accepted.  Please direct all submissions and questions to A. Sue Russell, APM President at

Call for Papers: Mission to Women Amid Global Crisis

By driDecember 10th, 2018in Call for Papers, World Christianity

Call for papers
Special track of the 2019 Evangelical Missological Society Meetings on Mission Amid Global Crisis

Mission to Women Amid Global Crisis

Global crisis created by wars, human trafficking, natural disasters, poverty, slavery, and abuse affect all people and lead to human suffering.  However they have a greater impact on the lives of those who live on the margins of society. This track is designed to explore how cultural and political constructions of gender and gender inequality affect the economic and social well-being of women and children, and make them particularly vulnerable in global crisis. 

Papers and case studies to explore in this track include but are not limited to:

  • Specific issues that affect women and children such as migration, transnational families, care work, slavery, war and rape, and forced prostitution in different cultural contexts.
  • Inequalities and issues that women face in their communities such as illiteracy, lack of schooling, and limited access to resources, including health care, food, clean water, prenatal care etc.
  • Women’s global movements and women’s empowerment. How have global women’s movements and missions to women, particularly as they address human rights and development, empowered women and impacted their status and well-being, and in doing so impacted their families and communities.
  • Case studies on how churches and missions have addressed the needs of women and children in global crisis.
  • Case studies on women’s empowerment and economic development.

To propose a paper for this track, send a topic title and 200-300 word abstract to Sue Russell,,by May 30, 2019.  Notification will be by June 30, 2019.  Accepted papers should be 4500-7000 words in length and use Chicago Turbian author-date citation format.  Selected papers will be invited to be presented at the annual EMS meetings in Dallas, Sept 13-15 2019. 

Mutual Love

At the Global Christian Forum’s third Global Gathering, Christians were called to peace, unity, and costly discipleship. The meetings were held in Bogota, Columbia, and three graduates who were part of the CGCM were speakers at the event (Essamuah, Zurlo, Padilla DeBorst). A full report is available in the WCF’s newsletter.

Call for Papers: Chinese Christian Art and Literature

Dates: May 3-5, 2019 (arriving on the 2nd  and departing on the 6th)
Place: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

The Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University invites papers that examine the relationship between Christianity and art or literature in Chinese societies. We welcome scholarly research papers that analyze art or literary works by Christian artists or writers, art criticism or literary criticism from a Christian perspective, or biographical or empirical studies of Christian artists or writers. Both the term art and literature are broadly understood. Art includes all forms of the fine arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, and even performing arts. Literature includes all genres of creative writing: novels, poems, essays, nonfictions, and even playwrights.

We also invite Chinese Christian artists and writers to present personal reflection papers about their faith and creative work.  Personal reflection papers should reflect on personal conversion, Christian beliefs, and the impact of faith on their artwork or writing. In addition to the paper, the Chinese Christian artist/writer should also submit three to five samples (digital copies) of their works. Concurrent with this conference will be an art exhibit of Chinese Christian artists.

Based on submitted abstracts, we will select 20 participants to make presentations. Hotel expenses for the presenters will be covered and arranged by us. A limited number of travel funds is available to subside transportation costs for those who apply.

Deadline to submit abstracts: December 14, 2018. The abstract should be between 500 and 1,000 words. Please include a brief c.v., 3-5 samples (copies) of artworks or published writings (for artists), and a note about whether or not applying for a travel subsidy and if so, how much. We will notify the selected participants and travel funds by December 31, 2018.

Deadline to submit draft full paper: March 31, 2019. The paper should be no less than 5,000 words, with proper footnotes and referenced bibliography. We plan to publish a volume of the edited papers.

Please submit your abstract, c.v., note about travel subsidy, and full paper to Lily Szeto