Report from the Center for Christianities in Global Contexts

The Center for Christianities in Global Contexts supports research, reflection, and engagement of Christianity in its vastly diverse expressions around the globe.  Shaping our mission is the conviction that there is an urgent need to better understand the forces of both globalization and pluralism that shape Christianity today.  Now in its fifth year, the Center is abuzz with activity. This is largely because of the good efforts of our four Doctoral Fellows—Adelaide Boadi, Jung Doo Kim, Erica Ramirez, Michael Sniffen—and six Associate Fellows—Yountae An, Theresa Ellis, Nikolaus Petrov, Sara Rosenau, Marlene Underwood, Junehee Yoon.  At the same time, all of our projects also involve close collaborations within, and well beyond, the Drew community.

Several of our Doctoral Fellows have been working on a series of brief essays celebrating the history of international students at Drew’s Theological and Graduate Schools.  Please have a look at these on our website, and let us know if you are aware of individuals whom we might want to add to the collection!  On the website, you will also find a report of an exciting panel featuring two of our Fellows—Boadi and Kim—as well as faculty members Chris Boesel and Kenneth Ngwa, discussing the complex character of “Global Christianities” and the intellectual and practical challenges thereby presented.  In addition, you will find transcripts of the lectures delivered at the 2011 Tipple Vosburgh Lectures entitled “The Global Bible: Why People and Place Matter,” as well as video-taped interviewers of the lecturers.  And more resources will be posted in the coming months, so do become a regular visitor to the site!

In the meantime, we look forward this spring to hosting a Visiting Faculty Fellow, Dr. Po-Ho Huang, who is Dean of the School of Liberal Education, Professor in the Department of Theology, and Dean of the Programme for Theology and Cultures in Asia at Chang Jung Christian University in Tainan City, Taiwan.

We remain grateful for the generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation that supports our work.—Professor Virginia Burrus and Dean Jeffrey Kuan, Co-Directors of CCGC