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2015 Seminars

The Next Generation: World Christianity, Immigration, and the Transmission of Faith

June 28-July 3, 2015

Directed by: Mark Gornik, Maria Liu Wong, and Janice McLean-Farrell, City Seminary of New York

Funds provided by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship with funding by Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Seminar Description

This summer seminar will provide a forum for scholars and practitioners to consider the process of the transmission of Christian faith across generations in new immigrant congregations, particularly African, Asian, Latin American and Caribbean settings. The seminar will use case studies, readings, and reports to help participants understand how parents and churches are passing on the faith, and how the 1.5 and second generations are receiving it. The seminar includes a report on the Next Generation Project currently undertaken by City Seminary of New York.

This seminar is part of an ongoing project and is not accepting new applicants. Only those who took part in the 2014 seminar will be eligible to attend.


About the Directors

Mark R. Gornik (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is the director of City Seminary of New York.  He is the author of Word Made Global:  Stories of African Christianity in New York City (Eerdmans), which won Missions/Global Affairs Book of the Year for Christianity Today and was an International Bulletin of Missionary Research Outstanding Book of 2011.  Mark has also written To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City (Eerdmans, 2002),and is co-editor of Understanding World Christianity: The Vision and Work of Andrew F. Walls (Orbis) and Nicholas Wolterstorff, Hearing the Call: Liturgy, Justice, Church and World (Eerdmans).


Janice A. McLean-Farrell (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is a member of the faculty at City Seminary of New York.  Her research has focused on Jamaican Pentecostalism in New York and London.  She is a co-editor of Understanding World Christianity: The Vision and Work of Andrew F. Walls (Orbis) and author of several articles on immigrant churches, and urban youth and religion.  Dr. McLean-Farrell is a member of the pastoral team for New Song Community Church (CRC) in Harlem.



Maria Liu Wong (EdD candidate, Teacher's College, Columbia University) is the dean of City Seminary of New York.  She has been an educator for over 16 years, and her research focuses on women and leadership, adult learning, urban theological education, urban immigrant youth and diversity.   She most recently published an article, “Christ in the Capital of the World: How Global Christians are Revitalizing NYC Far Beyond Manhattan” in Christianity Today (September 2013).   Her doctoral thesis focuses on women leaders in Christian theological education in the United States, Africa and Asia.