Alumni Around the World
Year by year, advanced graduate students pass through the School of Theology and the Center for Global Christianity, then go out into the world to teach and do what they have been studying. As they move, the CGCM community grows in engagement through them. They are such a diverse group of people that no one description could possibly do the entire body justice. Instead, news and updates will be regularly provided. Cumulatively, their activities will create a portrait of the CGCM alumni community.
Christopher James, BUSTH alumnus, was awarded the Gold Medal in Theology for his book Church Planting in Post-Christian Soil by the Illumination Book Awards. Book Description: “Christopher James attends carefully to stories of ecclesial innovation taking place in Seattle, Washington-a city on the leading edge of trends shaping the nation as a whole. James’s study of the new churches founded in this “post-Christian” city offers both theological reflection and pragmatic advice.”
The Methodist Church of Southern Africa installed the leader of its Mission unit, Rev. Dr. Kenaleone Ketshabile (’12), as the new bishop of the Kimberly, Namibia, and Bloemfontein District. The District is mostly rural and rich in many languages including Afrikaans, English, Sesotho, Setswana, etc. Its vision and mission is aligned with the Connexional one – that Methodist people are called to proclaim the gospel of healing and transformation.
The trauma of violence, discrimination, and war continue to mark the lives of countless Christians throughout the globe. Such trauma is particularly acute in contexts where the public life of Christians is threatened and marginalized by the increasing influence of religious radicalism in the public sphere, notably in the Indonesian context of BuSTH alumna Rev. Dr. Septemmy Lakawa, professor of Jakarta Theological Seminary. Dr. Lakawa was a keynote speaker at the 2017 Asia Mission Conference in Yangon, Myanmar. In her speech on October 16th, she emphasized the role of dance in healing from the trauma experienced by Christians who are witnesses to acts of violence.
Surveying ecological disasters around the world, Visiting Researcher Kapya Kaoma delivered sharp warnings that an earth-theology must be developed, or we will be “killing our children’s children.” Dr. Kaoma delivered his message during the Gunther Wittenberg Lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Ujamaa Centre in South Africa. His entire lecture has been made through Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa.
The third issue of World Christianity and the Fourfold Gospel came out in March 2017. Many CGCM alums and faculty associate are involved with this journal—Dr. Yeon-seung Lee as managing editor; Dr. Dana Robert, Dr. Sung-deuk Oak, Dr. Myung-soo Park, and Dr. Brian Clark on the advisory board. Dr. Yeon-seung Lee also contributed an article entitled “Korean Initiative of the Rural Reconstruction by the YMCA in Colonial Korea.” Readers are encouraged to submit articles to the journal.
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Goals of Frontier Church Planters and Other Missionaries According to the Serampore Form of Agreement
In 1805 the famed missionary trio of William Carey, William Ward, and Joshua Marshman, along with six other men of the British Baptist Missionary Society who were stationed at Serampore, India, set forth for themselves, and a stream of new missionaries arriving from England, eleven “great principles” (as they called them) to explain their commitments and aims. The Serampore Form of Agreement (SFA) articulates a more robust and biblical understanding of the church planter’s life and ministry than typically does the popular contemporary literature on missions that is consumed by US American evangelicals.
Travis Myers, STH alumnus, recently published an article titled “The ‘Peculiar Qualifications’ and Goals of Frontier Church Planters and Other Missionaries According to the Serampore Form of Agreement (1805)” in Journal of Global Christianity. His article demonstrates Serampore Form of Agreement’s early-nineteenth-century signers’ attention to culture learning and avoiding offense, to building rapport and diligent evangelism, to proper doctrine and patient disciple-making, as well as to indigenous churches and missionary oversight. Throughout the article, he suggests several points of application to certain contemporary issues in missions, especially those related to best practices in the field and missionary qualifications.
Dr. Sung-Deuk Oak, STH alumnus, published two books on the history of early Korean Protestantism for the Korean audience. A New History of Early Korean Protestantism is a critical study of many accepted, yet distorted narratives of early Korean churches up to 1910. It demythologizes historical heroes and criticize renowned historians’ interpretations. Recently Christianity Today Korea chose this book as the best book of the year in history and nominated it for the book of the year.
The First Forty-five Events of Early Korean Protestantism presents 45 first figures and events in the early history of Korean Christianity such as the first visiting missionary, the first vernacular Korean Christian tract, the first baptism in Pyongyang, and so on. Oak’s three sourcebooks also come out this January. Sources of Samuel Austin Moffett, vol. 1 (1854-93) and vol. 2 (1894-1900). This ten-volume series compiles all English materials of the first American missionary couple to Pyongyang and translate them into Korean with annotations and photos. Sources of Modern Nursing in Korea, vol. 2 (1910-19) transcribes, translates, and annotates the primary (English, Japanese, and Korean) sources of the nursing work in Korea.
Ed Williamson, STH alumnus, recently published his book No Other Name: One Couple’s Journey With Cancer. This is a story of Ed and Loretta Williamson and their look at realistic faith amid modern medicine intertwined in a story of love, pain, triumph, anguish and miracles. Dr. Williamson holds a doctorate in Mission and Evangelism from STH.