Research

The research agenda of the Center for Global Christianity is driven by the interests of the people who are part of its community. Reports about their ongoing work will be posted from time to time.

New Book: “Global Christianity”

Gina Zurlo's ('17) Global Christianity is an accessible quick-reference guide to the global church. Filled with at-a-glance maps and charts, it puts relevant and up-to-date information into the hands of churches, mission organizations, and individuals. Useful for prayer, missions, outreach, and study of the global church, this is the new standard resource on the world's largest religion. Understand Christianity within each continent, country, tradition, and movement with: Current demographic information from the United Nations Research from the Center for the Study of Global Christianity A focus on historical, sociological, political, and religious contexts "Things to consider" within each local context, such as political... More

“Soundings Towards an Intercultural Identity for The United Methodist Church”

  A new article by Hendrik R. Pieterse and David W. Scott ('13) has been published in the 2022 edition of Methodist Review: “Soundings Towards an Intercultural Identity for The United Methodist Church: Some Historical and Theological Resources.” The abstract of the article reads: "The United Methodist Church today is in an identity crisis rooted in the role of culture, power, and agency in the negotiation of denominational identity.  To confront these challenges, the UMC must recognize the extent to which white American understandings of Methodism have functioned as normative in debates over Methodist identity.  To illustrate the intercultural dynamics at stake, we analyze the... More

One-week course in Rome on the History of Religious Orders and History of Catholicism – June 13-17, 2022

One-week COURSE: “The Central Archives of the Religious Orders and their Educational Institutions in ROME: A New Perspective on Global Catholicism.” Lectures, workshops, guided tours (13-17 June 2022, Rome, Italy) Organized by the Sangalli Institute for Religious History and Culture (Florence) This course, taught in English, is a unique occasion for scholars researching the history of the religious orders and, more broadly, the history of Catholicism in the early modern, modern and contemporary eras and will be held from the 13th to the 17th of June, 2022, in Rome.  The course will introduce junior scholars to the knowledge and the use of the central archives of the religious... More

Soga Studies Conference at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study – March 24-26

The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study and the Tiyo Soga Community Museum, Mgwali, is excited to announce the Soga Studies Conference to be held both in-person and virtually at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study from March 24-26, 2022. Studies on the work, theology, philosophies, and dynasty of the Reverend Tiyo ‘Zisani’ Soga have recently gained prominence in numerous disciplines and facets of life, with local and international relevance. Theorists, artists, and family members all over the world are engaged in several exciting aspects of Soga scholarship. Sikhumbuzo Makandula of Rhodes University and Joanne Ruth Davis of JIAS have conceived of... More

The Dictionary of Christian Biography in Asia Online Launch

On March 1, 2022, the DCBAsia team started a free online website -Dictionary of Christian Biography in Asia (dcbasia.org). They began by posting 56 stories of Malaysian and Singaporean heroes and heroines. They have another 120 stories which will be uploaded in weekly installments. The initial response has been overwhelming. Their soft launch is on April 17th, 2022, (Sunday) at 8.00 pm Malaysia time (UTC +8.00) through Zoom (see flyer). The DCBAsia team invites scholars to participate in the launch and also to collaborate in this project. They seek regional representatives in different parts of Asia to join their budding team to... More