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.
Dr. Michèle Sigg, Executive Director of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography (DACB), has recently received a substantial Constable Grant from The Episcopal Church for a project entitled "The African Contribution to Global Anglicanism." The funding will support the project team in producing six educational videos on the history of the Christian church in Africa, focusing on key figures from both the ancient church and the post-Reformation period. By providing accessible videos on key aspects of African Christian history, the project team aims to enhance the global church's awareness and appreciation of the African church, given that today Africa is the continent with the most Christian inhabitants. The videos will be licensed by Creative Commons to enhance access, and they are scheduled to be available in May 2022.
Drs. Daryl Ireland, Eugenio Menegon, and Alex Mayfield recently wrote a proposal to receive a Digital Humanities Advancement Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for continued development of the China Historical Christian Database. We are pleased to announce that their proposal was just accepted! The project was one of twenty projects chosen by the NEH to receive this generous funding. The project will further the digital mapping work of the Database, which charts Christian figures and institutions across China from 1550-1950, revealing the interconnection between missions, hospitals, schools, and other institutions, and illuminating the exchange of ideas and technologies between China and the West over four centuries.
A great historian and pioneer of the study of world Christianity, Andrew Walls, has recently passed away. Walls spent his career as a teacher in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Scotland, where he established the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World at the University of Aberdeen (today the Centre for the Study of World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh). Prof. Walls was a dear friend and an intellectual inspiration to many scholars of mission and historians of Christianity. Many of these friends have written tributes to his legacy, which have been published in Christianity Today. You can read their words of thanks and appreciation, including a tribute from Dr. Dana Robert, here.
This fall, Dr. Daryl Ireland, CGCM associate director, will be giving a presentation about his recent book, John Song: Modern Chinese Christianity and the Making of a New Man (Baylor University Press, 2020). The event is part of the fall semester events being hosted by the Overseas Ministry Study Center at Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Easten Law will host the conversation. Ireland's book was selected as one of "Ten Outstanding Books in Mission Studies, Intercultural Theology, and World Christianity" by the International Bulletin of Mission Research for 2020!
Event date: October 7, 9:30-11:00am.
You can register for the event here. For doctoral or postdoctoral students in world Christianity, mission studies, intercultural theology, and related fields, registration is free!
Dr. Alex Mayfield ('21), Principal Investigator with the China Historical Christian Database, will give a public presentation about the database at "Historical Network Research in Chinese Studies," an event hosted by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. Dr. Mayfield will present on Friday, July 30, at 10am EST. Registration is free but required. Learn more here!
In spring 2021, Dr. Margaret Bendroth gave a public lecture entitled "Liberating the Ladies' Aid: Mainline Protestants and Feminism in the 'Between Times.'" This lecture was hosted by Dr. Christopher Evans in his graduate-level course at the BU School of Theology. The event was sponsored by the Center for Global Christianity & Mission.
Dr. Bendroth is a Visiting Researcher with the CGCM and the former longtime executive director of the Congregational Library in Boston.
Watch the video on the Center's YouTube channel!
Congratulations to Dr. Gina Zurlo, who was recently named one of the 2021 Distinguished Alums of the BU School of Theology, in the category of Emerging Leader. Dr. Zurlo is recognized for her pioneering research in global religious demography and women in world Christianity. Read more about Dr. Zurlo and the other Distinguished Alums here!
Sponsored by the World Council of Churches, the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute is now accepting applications for its program next year, which will take place between July-September 2022 and will have online and residential components. The theme for 2022 is "Christ's Love (Re)Moves Borders." The residential phase will occur in conjunction with the WCC meeting at Karlsruhe, Germany. BU alumna Kelly Fassett ('19) was selected as a participant in one of the earlier cohorts attending the Institute.
The Institute has several themes of study, including Healing Memories (Historic-Theological Track); Kairos for Creation (Eco-theological Track); Witness from the Margins (Practical-Diaconal Track); Engaging with Plurality (Intercultural-Interreligious Track); Body Politics: Body, Health and Healing (Just Relations Track); 4th Industrial Revolution & AI: Human Identity in the Context of Global Digitisation (special plenary).
Learn more about the program and how to apply at the WCC's website.
Dr. Dana Robert will be speaking at the New Wilmington Mission Conference, which will take place on July 16-19, 2021. First held 115 years ago, the Conference is one of the oldest continuing mission-related gatherings taking place in the United States and is connected to the Presbyterian church. Find the conference schedule here, and learn more about all of the conference speakers here.
Dr. Jonathan Calvillo was named one of the Public Fellows in Religion and the American West due to his expertise in New Mexican Methodism and Southern Californian Latinx Protestantism. The Fellows program is sponsored by the New-York Historical Society, and the research of the Fellows will support the creation of a traveling exhibit in 2022 on the various religious traditions that shaped, and were shaped by, the westward expansion of the United States. Learn more about the fellowship here!