History and Mission of the CCGC

On December 5, 2006, the Drew Center for Christianities in Global Contexts (CCGC) was launched at Drew University’s Craig Chapel. Established with a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Center supports research, reflection, and engagement of the place and practices of Christianity in its vastly diverse expressions within an increasingly complex world.  Shaping the mission of CCGC is the conviction that there is an urgent need to better understand the forces of both globalization and pluralism that shape Christianity today…Find out more about CCGC’s History & Mission.  Also, hear from the Co-Directors and meet the Luce Fellows.

Cross-Cultural Travel and Global Christianities: Perspectives from Turkey

For several years, Drew Theological students have traveled to Turkey as part of their professional training in the master’s of divinity degree. Drew believes that Christian leaders today should be a positive force for respect and responsibility on a global scale. A cross-cultural experience challenges students to view their own lives, values, and belief systems with greater objectivity while encouraging them to appreciate the values, belief systems, historical experiences and cultural resources of context that is not their own…Watch video about cross-cultural experiences in Turkey.

Global Christianities and Religious Pluralism

On February 21, 2012, the Center for Christianities in Global Contexts organized and sponsored a noontime panel discussion entitled “Global Christianities and Religious Pluralism.”  This was a follow-up on the November 9, 2011, panel entitled “Global Christianities: Complicating the Concept.”  The panel invited exploration of the question of why it is that we must, seemingly, engage the issue of religious pluralism when we think about Christianity as a global phenomenon.  It also provided an occasion to celebrate Professor Wesley Ariarajah and the recent publication of a “Festschrift” entitled Theology Beyond Neutrality, in honor of his seventieth birthday.  Like the prior panel discussion, this event was extremely well attended and generated much enthusiasm on the part of attendees…Read featured article by Virginia Burrus.

Global Christianities: Complicating the Concept

On November 9, 2011, the Center for Christianities in Global Contexts organized and sponsored a noontime panel discussion entitled “Global Christianities: Complicating the Concept.”   CCGC Co-Directors Virginia Burrus and Jeffrey Kuan respectively presided and responded to presentations given by faculty members Chris Boesel and Kenneth Ngwa and Luce Graduate Fellows Adelaide Boadi and Jung-Doo Kim.  The energy of the response of the audience to the panel discussion was strong, even explosive…Read featured article by Virginia Burrus.

Drew’s Global Heritage: History of International Students at Drew Theological School

The work of writing a history is a process of research, selection, and interpretation. In the case of the history of international students at Drew Theological School, one can distinguish two periods: the period of accepting, training (equipping), and sending; and the period of learning from each other. The early historical records of foreign students at Drew show that Drew gave admission to foreign students, taught them, and sent them to their home country. They returned to their contexts and began to teach and enlighten their people, following what they had learned in America…Read more about Drew’s Global Heritage.

Reading the Bible in Global Contexts

When it comes to engaging the Bible, people and place have always mattered. Different cultural contexts, different social circumstances, different historical situations have invited, and sometimes even demanded, that people interpret biblical texts and traditions in different ways. From the beginnings of canon formation, readers have sought, and at times fought, to find what they needed in sacred scripture. The Bible, for its part, has responded with amazing flexibility and exorbitance, lending its words and images to new interpretations to address new social, ethical, and theological urgencies. In this way, both the Bible and its communities of readers have survived and thrived, both perhaps knowing that understanding depends upon continuous reappropriation.  What does it mean to read a global Bible? How can we live in critical intimacy with such an organic, excessive, sprawling presence? What new exegetical vistas await us?

Global Feminism and Christianity

In pursuit of a deeper engagement with the complexities of Global Christianity, Drew students are encouraged to work across disciplines and territorial borders.  In the global scope of its inquiry, some coursework produced at Drew is in harmony with the mission of the CCGC to research, reflect, and engage the place and practices of Christianity in its vastly diverse expressions within an increasingly complex world. Read papers engaging this topic.


Kenneth Ngwa, Director:  kngwa@drew.edu

Center for Christianities in Global Contexts
Davies House
Drew University
Madison, NJ 07940