On May 24, 2021 (8:00-12:50 SAST), the University of Pretoria Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship and the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study are hosting a symposium which will remember the Bulhoek Massacre of 1921, in which members of the Israelites Church were killed by Union police and in which its leader, Enoch Mgijima, was arrested.
On May 27-28, the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life and the Faculty of Theology & Religion at the University of Oxford will host an online conference on the theme "Christianity, Commerce and Civilisation? Christianity and Empire Revisited: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives."
During the Modern period the study of patterns of colonialization and the development of empires has focussed on the expansion of the Western mercantile powers. A perennial question in reviewing these processes of history, commerce and politics has been the question of the role of religion and more particularly the place of Christian Missions. It is reflected in the well-known phrase of David Livingstone which forms the title for the conference. Whilst the complexity and nuances of the issues have often been recognised by professional historians, in popular discourse the debate has often been caught up in ‘culture wars’, in which missions and missionaries have too often simply been assumed to be ‘agents of empire’. The aim of this conference is to explicate further the complexities of the relationships between Christianity, Missions, Colonies and Empire as they developed in the Modern era, and to contribute scholarly insights from historical and other disciplinary perspectives.
The keynote address will be given by Prof. Brian Stanley, Professor of World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. Find the abstracts to all the conference presentations, as well as registration information, here.
On May 26-27, the Center for Primal and Christian Spirituality at the Akrofi-Kristaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture will hold a Theology and the Arts Symposium on the theme "Christian Faith and the Arts in Africa: Bridging the Cultural Divide." Register here!
"Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason – I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other – my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen."
The New England-Maritimes Region of the American Academy of Religion is hosting a virtual symposium on April 9, 2021. Registration is now open, and the schedule is available. Dr. Mayra Rivera of Harvard Divinity School and Dr. Marla F. Frederick of Candler School of Theology will serve as keynote speakers.
Current BUSTH PhD candidates Shaunesse' Jacobs and Sheila Otieno are serving on a panel at 10:15am to discuss "Graduate Study in Times of Crisis."