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.
Due to the pandemic and the difficulty of international travel, the Overseas Ministry Study Center (OMSC), located at Princeton Theological Seminary, will be offering many online events during the fall 2020 semester. The first online seminar will be jointly-led by Professors Andrew and Ingrid Walls on September 15-17.
CGCM Director Dana Robert will be speaking at a "Meet the Author" event to describe her recent book Faithful Friendships on December 10th.
CGCM Associate Director Daryl Ireland will be leading a webinar exploring the Chinese Christian Posters Project on November 12.
Dr. Jonathan Calvillo, CGCM faculty associate, has written new book, The Saints of Santa Ana: Faith and Ethnicity in a Mexican Majority City, published with Oxford University Press! Based on five years of participant observation, Calvillo compares and contrasts the experiences of Catholics and evangelicals in Santa Ana, California, revealing how faith and ethnic identity mutually inform each other.
The book is available for preorder through OUP, and will be available in October.
Congratulations to Dr. Calvillo for this exciting new work!
The Centre for Catholic Studies (CUHK), Kung Kao Po, and Hong Kong Catholic Diocesan Archives are co-sponsoring a virtual conference entitled "The History of the Hong Kong Catholic Church in the 20th Century" from August 4-7, 2020. The conference brochure includes paper abstracts and lists session themes. "Maryknoll’s Work Among the Refugees in Hong Kong in the 1950s and 60s," "NOVA ET VETERA: The Inculturation of Church Music in Hong Kong Before and After Vatican II," and "Liberation as a Mission Aspect on Pastoral Ministry to Migrant Workers" are just a few of the papers which will be presented.
Join the live conference or view the recorded presentations through the Facebook page of the Centre for Catholic Studies.
The conference will be conducted mainly in Cantonese and English.
The journal Religions is issuing a call for papers for a special issue entitled "Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism: Contemporary Issues in Global Perspective." Proposals are due to the co-editors, Tim Grass and Brad Nassif, by August 31, 2020. See further information below.
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Since the 1990s, the Eastern Orthodox and Protestant Evangelical communities have had more direct contacts with each other than at any other time. This special issue of Religions will focus on current developments and issues relating to this encounter in specific regions of the world.
With the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, Western missionaries began flooding the former Soviet Union, Romania and other Eastern European bloc countries, often without consultation with existing Evangelical communities in those countries. Partly in response to this wave of Evangelical missions, a new paradigm of ecumenical relations emerged among professional theologians in America when the Society for the Study of Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism (SSEOE) was formed in 1990. Comparative theology, spirituality and missions formed the focus of the organization whose archives are now housed in Asbury Theological Seminary. In 1997, the World Council of Churches (WCC) began its first series of international dialogues between the Orthodox and Evangelical communities over concerns regarding Evangelical proselytism in Russia and Eastern Europe but also shared concerns regarding perceived theological trends within the WCC itself. Publications include Proclaiming Christ Today: Orthodox-Evangelical Consultation (1995); and Turn to God, Rejoice in Hope (1998). From 2000 to 2006, a second series of seminars resulted in the publication of Building Bridges: Between the Orthodox and Evangelical Traditions (2012). Theological and missiological subjects were explored, but financial constraints eventually ended these gatherings. In 2001, the Evangelical Alliance in the UK published Evangelicalism and the Orthodox Church. This was produced by a group of Evangelical and Orthodox theologians whose goal was to lay a foundation for mutual understanding by comparing and contrasting Orthodox and Evangelical beliefs and practices.
Since then, the main ongoing exchange between Orthodox and Evangelicals has been that initiated in 2010 by leaders within the Lausanne Movement and the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox churches, which resulted in the formation of the Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative. Unlike other dialogues, this focuses on exploring how the two traditions can co-operate in the mission of God. A selection of past presentations appears in The Mission of God: Studies in Orthodox and Evangelical Mission (2015). However, in spite of all the work that has been done, there remains scope for further scholarly investigation: for example, few regional studies have examined areas outside the Anglophone world, or the political and legal aspects of relationships between these traditions.
The editors aim to assemble a collection of scholarly essays on current issues and/or developments in Orthodox-Evangelical relations, at both global and national levels, which will inform ongoing dialogue. Essays may consider:
- regional meetings or other encounters between these traditions
- the history of relationships between them
- current missiological challenges
- political and legal issues
- comparative theology
- or other topics.
They may focus on (but are not limited to) relations in Russia, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, Australia and Greece. Sensitivity to the nuances of difference between Eastern and Western Evangelicals and Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox communities is especially welcome. The suggested length of essays is from 3,000-6,000 words, but this is flexible. Articles should be submitted in English; if necessary, we encourage you to have it checked by a native English-speaker before submission.
Contributors to this special issue will not be liable to any author charge.
Expressions of interest in submitting an article to be considered for publication should be submitted as a MS Word file attachment to both co-editors, Dr Brad Nassif, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Dr Tim Grass, at email@example.com. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 31 August 2020. A positive response to your expression of interest, and listing on the journal’s website, should not be taken as guaranteeing ultimate publication. If we respond positively to your expression of interest, you will need to submit your article by 31 January 2021. It will then be peer-reviewed, and if it is accepted you may be asked to revise it in light of the recommendations made.
When you express interest in writing for this issue, please include the following:
- Institutional affiliation, if any
- Title of the article you propose to submit (15 words maximum)
- Brief synopsis (200 words maximum)
Dana L. Robert of Boston University and Judith Becker of Humboldt University are sponsoring "Nationalism and Internationalism in the Young Ecumenical Movement, 1985-1920s," a virtual conference taking place on October 8-10, 2020.
The conference program features several presenters affiliated with the Center for Global Christianity and Mission--Ada Focer, Yeongseung Lee, David W. Scott, and Benjamin Hartley.
Registration is limited and must be completed by September 10.
A Virtual Workshop with Dr. Eugenio Menegon
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Eastern Time (US and Canada)
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
This event is part of the 2020 summer events hosted by the Humanities Unbounded MicroWorlds Lab at Duke University. The MicroWorlds Lab is a collaborative humanities research project with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We have two years' experience in organizing a wide range of workshops and other activities in support of researchers learning and developing their skills in microhistorical analysis. We support researchers at all levels—from undergraduate to mature scholars—and in a variety of disciplines. Please find more information about our lab at: https://sites.duke.edu/microworldslab/.
This event is open to the public. No registration is required. Please join the event a few minutes early, so we can start on time. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Huijuan Li at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Meeting ID: 412 010 7408
On behalf of the China Christianity Studies Group (中國基督宗教研究學會), an affiliated society of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) and of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Eugenio Menegon offers a call for scholars to organize one panel on Christianity in China in the period 1300-1700 for the 2021 RSA Meeting in Dublin, Ireland.
As an affiliated society, it is the responsibility of the CCSG to approve the panel (no individual papers), and communicate the decision to the RSA. Please check the call for papers at this link for criteria, and get in touch with Prof. Eugenio Menegon (email@example.com), the CCSG’s representative with the RSA, if you are interested in organizing a panel. The submission to Prof. Menegon/CCSG, and the coordination of the entire panel, will be the full responsibility of the panelists. The CCSG does not offer any financial support.
For now, the conference is physically planned to take place in Dublin, Ireland, from April 7-10, 2021, but please check the RSA site for pandemic updates and possible switch to online format if needed. Deadline for panel submission: August 15, 2020.
Thanks and best wishes!
CCSG Representative to the Renaissance Society of America
Dr. Daryl Ireland, Associate Director of the CGCM and Research Assistant Professor of Mission, has written a new book on revivalist Christianity in 20th-century China entitled John Song: Modern Chinese Christianity and the Making of a New Man (Baylor University Press, 2020). This work is now available for pre-order, and will be available in August 2020. See Chloe Starr's praise of Ireland's work and learn of a discount code for purchasing the book here. Congratulations to Dr. Ireland for this great achievement!
Dr. Jenn Lindsay has produced a film, Quarantined Faith: Rome, Religion and Coronavirus, documenting the story of quarantined Easter, Passover, and Ramadan this past spring. The film includes interviews with Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, and Jewish religious leaders who described how their communities kept their traditions in new ways during the pandemic. Lindsay's goal is to show how these people "maintain resilience and connectedness, and how the crisis has called them to draw more deeply on their spiritual resources." Lindsay received her PhD from Boston University's Graduate Division of Religious Studies.
Congratulations to Dr. Man-Hei Yip, who has just become Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Wartburg Seminary (Dubuque, Iowa). During the past two years, Dr. Yip has been a visiting researcher at the CGCM, working with the Chinese Christian Poster Project. Read more about her new appointment here.