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.

Journal of African Christian Biography Latest Issue Pays Tribute to Prof. Andrew F. Walls

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The latest issue of the Journal of African Christian Biography honors the memory of Professor Andrew F. Walls and Father Benedict Ssettuuma, Jr. It also highlights the contribution of Dr. Michael Adeleke Ogunewu to the work of the DACB both as an author and a mentor-teacher.

Visit the Journal of African Christian Biography e-journal to learn more and read the issue.

2nd Annual Walls-Oden-Bediako Lecture in Early African Christianity

Walls-Oden-Bediako 2nd Annual Lecture

You are invited to join us for the 2nd Walls-Oden-Bediako in Early African Christianity.
Theme: “African Voices in Early Christian Debates about God”
Presenter: Dr. David L Eastman (McCallie School, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, and author of Early North African Christianity: Turning Points in the Development of the Church)
Date and Time: Thursday, October 21, 2021, 2:30 PM (GMT)

United States Catholic Mission Association Conference on Mission and Migration, October 25-29, 2021

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Join USCMA’s national dialogue on how the Church – and the missionary community within the church – can be in solidarity with the immigrant, migrant, refugee, and asylum seeker. Angels Unaware – Mission with People on the Move is an opportunity for FOCUS, REFLECTION, COMMUNITY, SPEAKERS, and COMPANIONS. The schedule provides the FOCUS for 13-hours of REFLECTION over five days.  


Monday, October 25th – SEE: From Noon ET to 5 pm (5 hours); Two Sessions, Networking, breaks.

Wednesday, October 27th – HEAR: From Noon ET to 5 pm (5 hours): Two Sessions, Networking, breaks.

Friday, October 29th – ACT: From Noon ET to 3:15 pm (3.5 hours): Two Sessions and Networking.


For more information and to register:  Angels Unaware - Registration Flyer

Hymnody Mini-Conference, Monday, November 8th.

The BU School of Theology has a long history of involvement with hymnody in both its practical and academic aspects. The Reverend Dr. Carl P. Daw, Jr., retired Lecturer of Hymnology, and Curator of the Hymnological Collections at STH, wrote a history of some of the notable people associated with BU who were prominent in the field, demonstrating STH’s historic involvement and contribution.

HymnbooksTo begin a new period in the history of the discipline at STH a group of faculty and staff have been meeting to determine how best to honor our legacy and collection, and to move forward with a deeper engagement with aspects of global hymnody.

The first event is a mini-conference to be held in person and via zoom in November, hosted by Professors Westerfield Tucker and Shenton. This will feature several distinguished alumni including David Bjorlin and Stephanie Budwey. The conference will include a discussion on the pedagogy surrounding hymnology, the BU/STH legacy, and initial planning for a larger conference on global hymnody scheduled for 2022.

Date:                     Monday, 8 November 2021
Time:                     2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Location:              STH 325 and by Zoom []

Dave Bjorlin
Cheryl Boots
Steph Budwey
Amy Limpitlaw
Dana Robert

Andrew Shenton
Karen Westerfield Tucker

2:15 PM               Meet and greet
2:30 PM              Dana Robert introduction to BU STH and global hymnody + conference. General discussion of rationale points and ideas for ways forward
2:45 PM              Amy Limpitlaw & Karen W-T on BU’s collection, tradition, etc. /alums      
3:30 PM              Steph Budwey & Dave Bjorlin on emerging topics in hymnody
4:10 PM              Break
4:20 PM              Dave Bjorlin & Cheryl Boots panel on hymn writing
5:00 PM              General discussion (chaired by Andrew Shenton)
5:30 PM              End

Sung-Deuk Oak to Speak about Majority World Responses to Healing & Mission

Dr. Oak's profile

Sung-Deuk Oak Speaking on Healing & Mission 

Dr. Sung-Deuk Oak ('02), Associate Professor of Korean Christianity and the holder of the Dongsoon Im and Mija Im Endowed Chair at UCLA, will speak on a panel discussing the Majority World's response to Healing and Mission at Fuller Seminary's Annual Mission Conference.

Dr. Oak will be speaking on October 28th from 12:30-2pm, in Session 4.

For more information and to register, visit the Fuller Mission Conference Webpage.

Announcing the Endowment of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission

The 20th Anniversary of the CGCM

On October 1st, Boston University announced the endowment of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission. The milestone was revealed on the 20th anniversary of the Center's founding. Opened in 2001 under the leadership of Dana L. Robert and Inus Daneel, the CGCM was the first Center of its kind in a research university in North America.

Since its inception, the Center has expanded rapidly. It launched Boston University’s first digital humanities project, and has remained at the forefront of digital scholarship. Today, the Center and its various online research platforms receive more than one million visits each year. However, the CGCM is more than an online community. It is the crossroads where  students, scholars, and mission practitioners intersect. It provides numerous lectures and events that bring the reality of World Christianity home to students at Boston University. In fact, the Center sponsors some kind of event for the public approximately every other week.

The Center remains a cauldron of creativity. With fourteen affiliated faculty and ten Visiting Researchers, new ventures regularly bubble up. Currently, Dana Robert is  spearheading a massive research project on “Mission and Collaboration in North America.” The Center has also recently launched projects on Global Congregational Song, the Sanctuary Movement in North and Central America, African Pentecostal Films, Mapping Christianity in China, and the Young Ecumenical Movement. When the world is your area of study, the possibilities are endless.

The Center passed the minimum threshold for an endowment, but it seeks to strengthen its financial foundation. The CGCM receives no funding from the university, but relies on the support and generosity of its community. To make a contribution to support the Center for the next twenty years, you can make a tax-deductible donation here.

Announcing the Festschrift in Honor of Dr. Dana L. Robert

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The CGCM is pleased to announce the publication of a festschrift in honor of Dana L. Robert: Unlikely Friends: How God Uses Boundary-Crossing Friendships to Transform the World. The volume is co-edited by David W. Scott ('13), Daryl R. Ireland ('15), Grace Y. May ('00), and Casely B. Essamuah ('03).

The editors chose to honor Prof. Robert by using this book to develop an important theme in her scholarship: boundary-crossing friendships. They felt this was a significant theme that opens new vistas in the scholarship of the history of mission and world Christianity and also testifies to the possibility of connection despite all of the divisions in our contemporary world.

The volume, which includes twelve essays by Dr. Robert's students and colleagues, is divided into three thematic sections: the power of, problems with, and practice of friendship, along with a fourth section of material honoring Dana Robert. The first section looks at the ways in which boundary-crossing friendship has influenced the development of mission practice and theory in historical contexts around the world and across time. The second section explores ways race, gender, and other factors have complicated the historical formation of boundary-crossing friendships. The third section looks at how boundary-crossing friendships are being lived out in mission today, drawing on the authors' own experiences. The material honoring Prof. Robert includes testimonials from friends of Dr. Robert's scholarship and her own ability to from boundary-crossing friendships.

The editors are very proud of this book and hope it is both a fitting tribute to Dana L. Robert and a solid and important work of scholarship in its own right.


Commemorating Professor Andrew F. Walls – October 5

The Centre for the Study of World Christianity (School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh) is hosting an online event commemorating the life and work of Professor Andrew Walls, in a seminar held next Tuesday, October 5th at 4:10pm (UK time). It will include contributions from Margaret Acton, Dr Barbara Bompani, Professor James L. Cox, and Professor Jehu J. Hanciles.

If you would like the Zoom details, please register your interest on the online form by 12 noon that day.

Commemorating Prof. Andrew Walls

Call for Papers – 13th GloPent Conference: Pentecostalism and Socio-Cultural Change

The thirteenth annual conference of the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism ( will take place in Cambridge, 1–2 April 2022. The conference will be convened by David Maxwell and Jörg Haustein. 

The conference's theme is "Pentecostalism and Socio-Cultural Change" and will feature keynote speakers Joel Cabrita, Girish Daswani, and Karen Lauterbach.

Organizers will plan the event to be hybrid, with an eye on public health guidelines and the safety of participants.

Paper proposals and abstracts are due November 30, 2021.

For more detailed information, see GloPent Cambridge Info.