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Dates: 9 to 11 June 2017
Hope Campus, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool L16 9JD


The year 2017 sees the 500th anniversary of events often seen as initiating the Protestant Reformation. The years that followed saw a series of spiritual movements, some among Catholics, and some among Protestants that brought renewal to the Western Church. In the course of their long histories, African and Asian Christianity have also experienced movements that sought reform and renewal in the Church. In the early centuries, the young Coptic layman Antony, seeking to be a perfect disciple of Christ, inaugurated a new era of Christian spirituality, and the early Syriac church hosted the movement of consecrated young people that became the Children of the Covenant. Later centuries were to witness the monastic revivals in Ethiopia, the twentieth the East African Revival, new devotional movements in the Chinese churches and the remarkable response to such figures as John Sung in South East Asia. Some movements sought greater cultural authenticity, some sought fuller engagement with the principalities and powers at work in society, some brought fresh affirmation to neglected doctrines or forgotten Biblical themes; some recall Antony’s quest of perfect discipleship. Some have been shared with the Western world and interacting with it. The modern charismatic movement is worldwide, and early Pentecostalism found expression in India, China and Korea as well as in USA; others have been purely local in scope. Together they form a highly significant element in the Christian story.

For the 2017 international conference of the Centre, papers are invited on any aspect of movements of reformation, revival and renewal in African and Asian Christianity. Please email a 300-word abstract of your proposed paper before Friday 17 March 2017 to Professor Daniel Jeyaraj ( By the end of March 2017, the Conference Committee will inform those whose papers are selected for presentation at the Conference. Specially subsidized rates are available for both speakers and participants. Online booking will start on 28 February 2017. Early Bird Rate of GBP 160/- (arrival on 9 June 1017 and departure on 11 June 2017, registration feel, accommodation in single en-suit rooms in Hope Park, all meals and refreshments) is available until 28 April 2017. Then the Standard Rate of GBP 175/- will apply. Early Bird Rate GBP 110/- (arrival on 9 June 1017 and departure on 11 June 2017, registration feel, accommodation in single en-suit rooms in Hope Park, all meals and refreshments) is available until 28 April 2017 for postgraduate / doctoral research students, and those speakers / participants, who come directly from Africa and Asia. Then the Standard Rate of GBP 125 will apply. Day Participants will pay GBP 30/-. It includes registration, meals, and refreshments. All reservations, particularly for accommodation, will follow the principle of ‘first-come-first-served.’ For easy and quick online payment, The Hope Store has set up a special account: Reformation-Revival & Renewal Movements in Africa Conference. In case, if this link does not work in some places, please email your reservation preferences to Prof. Jeyaraj ( and then pay the amount on your arrival. If necessary, you can contact Miss Lauren Whiston ( for technical information. During your stay, you can consult the excellent collections of the Andrew Walls Centre.










Kuyers Institute Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

The Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce its upcoming 2017 conference, Christian Teaching and Learning: Pathways and Possibilities, to be held October 5-7 at the Prince Center, Calvin College. The conference invites paper submissions that deepen and extend conversations about themes such as justice, spirituality, virtues, practice, and imagination. How can these approaches help us understand the connection between “Christian” and “teaching and learning”? Scholarly papers are welcome from any discipline or area of educational activity and should focus on some aspect of pedagogy; theoretical and historical studies as well as accounts of practice are acceptable.

Paper proposals of 1–2 pages, including 100-word abstracts, should be sent via e-mail to no later than May 12, 2017. For the full call for papers and registration information, visit







World Christianities Essay PrizeWorld Christianities Essay Prize

Submissions are now open for the new World Christianities Essay Prize

The Journal of Ecclesiastical History is pleased to announce a new World Christianities Essay Prize of £500, funded in part by a generous donation from the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide. The prize will be awarded each year to the author of an original research article on any subject relating to the history of Christianity outside Europe and North America since the year 700. Contributions are welcome from any historical subdiscipline and with any chronological or geographical focus within those parameters. Contributions will be assessed anonymously and are open to any author regardless of seniority or background. Entries from junior scholars are warmly encouraged.

The judges will be seeking to award the prize to an essay which displays rigorous and groundbreaking research, effectively communicated, and of significance to the wider discipline. The winning submission will be published as an article in the January 2018 number of the Journal, and the authors of other high-quality submissions may also be invited to publish in the Journal. The judges reserve the right not to make an award in the event that no submission meets the required standard.

Submissions should be prepared in accordance with the journal’s style guide and should not exceed 8,000 words, including notes.
The closing date for submissions is 31 March 2017, and the outcome of the competition will be announced in September 2017. Submissions should be sent as email attachments, with ‘World Christianities Prize’ in the subject line, to Mrs Mandy Barker at

Exemplary articles on World Christianities published in the journal to date are available to download.




Pope Francis shaping a College of Cardinals that is less European

New Study from PewResearch Center

Unless his reign is short, a Roman Catholic pontiff will appoint most of the men who choose his successor. But Pope Francis’ additions to the College of Cardinals since his election in 2013 also have served another purpose – tilting the leadership structure of the Roman Catholic Church away from its historic European base and toward the global south.Cardinals













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IAPCHE re-opens search for new Executive Director

IAPCHE is seeking to fill the position of partner organizationExecutive Director. A global association of individual scholars and institutions, IAPCHE fosters the development of integral Christian higher education through networking and related academic activity. Its featured activities are faculty and leadership development workshops, conferences and publications.






The Journal of African Christian Biography is a publication of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography,Journal appearing in monthly fascicles which are then assembled in a cumulative issue at the end of the year. Its purpose is to showcase, interpret, and make more readily accessible biographical and historical resources in the field of African Christianity. These resources are intended for use in the classroom and in the church to foster a deeper understanding of the history of African Christianity at a local, regional, national, and continental level. The JACB will thus provide tools to undergird the development of contextual African theologies. 

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Notre Dame funding

New Funding Opportunity: Global Religion Research Initiative

The Center for the Study of Religion and Society in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI), directed by Christian Smith and funded by the Templeton Religion Trust of Nassau, Bahamas.

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Enlarging the Kingdom: African Pentecostals in Italy

Enlarging the Kingdom explores the encounter, interactions, and conflicts between Catholicism and African Pentecostalism. The film offers a unique insight into the contemporary features of African Pentecostalism, its challenges and potentials as one of the most vibrant expression of Global Christianity and as one of the most creative and resilient religious subject in the Italian Catholic society. Watch the film here.

New Publication

Our Global Families

Todd M. Johnson and
Cindy M. Wu

ISBN: 978-0-8010-4957-6

Learn more about Our Global Families.

Yale University Library Catalog for World Christianity

Go to to search the catalog. Yale Divinity Library uses the phrase “World Christianity” to designate books related to missions and world Christianity, so simple keyword searches will identify the books easily.