United Methodist Racial/Ethnic History Research Grant

By driJune 22nd, 2018in Alumni Profiles and News

The United Methodist Racial/Ethnic History Research Grant was awarded to Dr. Ben Hartley, Associate Professor of Christian Mission, College of Christian Studies, George Fox University in Newberg, OR, for his project entitled “Re-Assessing Methodist—Native American Encounters in the Oregon Territory, 1834-1844.”

“It is with heartfelt gratitude that I receive this Racial/Ethnic History Grant from the General Commission on Archives and History,” said Hartley. “In recent years the UMC has had a number of services of worship at Annual Conference and General Conference gatherings to express corporate repentance and a desire for reconciliation between The United Methodist Church and Native Americans in North America.  These need to be followed up with many other efforts if the work of reconciliation is to continue.  I am absolutely convinced that to grow in one’s respect for Native American peoples one must grow in love for their history and the history that is shared among United Methodists and native peoples.  I receive this research grant as a loving encouragement from United Methodist people to do so in my still-new home in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.  I pray that my research will inspire others to learn the stories of Native American peoples wherever they may live.  Thank you!”

African Christian Biography

The centrality of African Christians inspired the creation of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography over 20 years ago. To celebrate 20 years of collecting African biographies, the DACB hosted a conference in 2015. The fruit of that conference is a new book: African Christian Biography. Published by Cluster books, the volume will be available in July 2018.

China Connection

By driJune 8th, 2018in Faculty Associates, People

Entrance to the Library of the Beijing Foreign Studies University
Entrance to the Library of the Beijing Foreign Studies University

Professor Eugenio Menegon (Chinese History) is spending a month in China (May 22-June 23) as an invited Visiting Scholar at the Beijing Foreign Studies University (Institute of European Studies), Sichuan Normal University (Department of History), and Shanghai University (Department of History).  While in China, he is lecturing undergraduate and graduate students and giving public presentations about his research on the history of Chinese-Western relations, including a presentation on “The Habit that Hides the Monk: Missionary Fashion Strategies in Ming and Qing China.”

New Perspectives on the Historiography of Christianity

Prof. Isabel Mukonyoro and Dana L. Robert

In light of the global reality of Christianity, how might historians “provincialize Europe”? Humboldt University in Berlin sponsored an international workshop to consider the historiography of Christianity, especially in the West, and how it has not yet kept up with the development of world Christianity. How can historians do justice to the global nature of Christianity? Convened by Prof. Dr. Judith Becker, among those gathered were Jeffrey Cox, Andreas Feldtkeller, Sebastian Kim, Klaus Koschorke, Christoph Markschies, Isabel Mukonyora, Dana L. Robert, and J. Jayakiran Sebastian. More information is available at: https://www.theologie.hu-berlin.de/de/professuren/professuren/ncg.


Call for Papers: Historical Monuments and Modern Society in China

By driMay 24th, 2018in Call for Papers

Attached please find the call for papers for an international conference, “Historical Monuments and Modern Society,” to be held in Shanghai on December 1-2, 2018. This conference certainly bears relevance to missions and Christianity in the modern recovery of ancient sites around the world.

Dong WANG, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Director of Wellington Koo Institute for Modern China in World History
Distinguished University Professor of History
College of Liberal Arts
Shanghai University;
Research Associate (since 2002)
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Harvard University

50 Years Later: The Impact of the United Methodist Union on Mission

By driMay 17th, 2018in Alumni Profiles and News

Bishop James Thomas--Uniting Conf 1968
Bishop James Thomas speaking at the Uniting Conference in 1968. PHOTO: GENERAL COMMISSION ON ARCHIVES AND HISTORY

The United Methodist Church is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding, which occurred with the 1968 merger of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren. Much of the celebration has been focused on the merger as an ecumenical achievement and a step forward in racial equality with the end of the segregated Central Jurisdiction of the Methodist Church. This union also had significant implications for mission. Among these were effects on the global structure of the new denomination, increased attention to issues around racial justice, and new organizations that were formed for mission work, including the creation of United Methodist Women. In a recent article, David Scott (’13) explores the history and changes effected in Methodist missions by the creation of the United Methodist Church.

Post-Doc Fellowships

By driMay 14th, 2018in Announcements, Opportunities

The Global Research Institute program at Fuller Theological Seminary, in partnership with the Luce Foundation, is offering two six-month postdoctoral fellowships for two specific writing projects on mission topics in 2019-2020. One is on technology and the other on migration. Proposals are welcome. The deadline for applications is June 1st this year. For details visit https://www.fuller.edu/school-of-intercultural-studies/center-for-missiological-research/global-research-institute/ and scroll down to the “Call for Proposals” box on the righthand side. The direct link to the call is https://www.fuller.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/GRI-Postdoc-Fellowship-CFP.pdf.