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.  Having just completed a wonderfully productive year–the fifth in the Center’s history–we are very pleased to announce that Dr. Kenneth Ngwa, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, will serve as Director of CCGC in 2012-2013. A native of Cameroon, Dr. Ngwa focuses his teaching and research interests in the Hebrew Bible and African literature, including Israelite and African wisdom literature, oral traditions, history of interpretation/receptions, and narrative ethics.  We are confident that he will bring great passion and vision to the Center’s work in the coming year!

One of the most stimulating aspects of the Center’s activities this year was the sponsorship of a series of panel discussions.  We would particularly encourage you to take a look at this account of the spring panel on “Global Christianities and Religious Pluralism” (including a video clip of Dr. Ariarajah’s provocative presentation!).  While you are there, do explore some of the other resources on the site, including the fascinating histories of some of Drew’s international alumni/ae.  We welcome your responses and suggestions for the site!

Finally, 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 ofCCGC