School of Divinity

World Christianity

Tuesdays from 4.10pm to 5.30pm in the Althaus-Reid Room, unless otherwise noted

All welcome. If you have any queries please contact Dr Alexander Chow

Semester 2 - Spring 2020

Date Speaker Topic

14 January

Dr Sheila Akomiah

(University of Aberdeen)

‘The Significance of African Majority Churches for the Church in Scotland… New Churches in Glasgow 2000-2019’

21 January

Dr Ingrid Walls

(Liverpool Hope University)

The Enchanted World of Amanda Berry Smith: A 19th Century African-American World Christian

28 January 

Dr David Onnekink

(University of Utrecht)

‘The social power of missionary maps’

***Joint seminar with History of Christianity***

4 February

Dr Jangkholam Lamboi Haokip

Union Biblical Seminary (Kalyan Area, India)

‘The Concept of Khankho: re-Visiting Indigenous Life-world in the context of World Christianity’ 

11 February

Dr Jo Davis 

(Centre of World Christianity SOAS)

‘Biblical Hermeneutics in the Preaching of Rev Tiyo Soga, Xhosa Missionary 1857-1871’ 

*Wednesday 19 February 

*Crystal McMillan Building, Violet Laidlaw Room (NOT Seminar Room 1 & 2 as previously advertised)

Professor David Maxwell 

(University of Cambridge)

‘Theologies of Continuity and Rupture for the Luba Katanga:  The Missionary Journeys of Placide Tempels and William F.P. Burton in Colonial Belgium Congo’

***Joint seminar with Centre for African Studies***

25 February 

Professor Mario I. Aguilar 

(University of St Andrews)

‘Pope Francis and Dialogue with Islam: Diplomacy, Turkey and Egypt’

***Joint seminar with Christian-Muslim Network***

*Monday 2 March

Professor Brian Stanley 

‘“Utmost harmony”?  The ambiguities of friendship in the early Serampore mission of the Baptist Missionary Society, 1800-1827’

***Joint seminar with History of Christianity***

10 March 

Jorg Haustein 

(University of Cambridge)

‘From Underground Defiance to a Nobel Laureate? Abiy Ahmed's Reforms and the Pentecostalisation of Ethiopian Politics’

17 March 

Karl Dahlfred 

(University of Edinburgh)

‘How the American Presbyterian Mission in Thailand Tried to Evade the Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy, 1893-1941’

24 March

Nico Brice-Bennet

(University of Edinburgh)

‘Religious Publications and Tanzanian Socio-Political Thought: Umoja and Lutheranism Amongst the Chagga of Kilimanjaro’

31 March End of semester social with student reflection  

Semester 1 - Autumn 2019

Date Speaker Topic

17 September

*Meeting in the Althaus-Reid Room, followed by the Rainy Hall 

Welcome session


24 September

Dr Cathy Ross

(Regent’s Park College, Oxford)

Lament and Hope: 'There are things that can be seen only with eyes that have cried’ 

1 October

*Cunningham lectures

11am, Senate Room

Professor Shawn Copeland

(Boston College)

Political Theology: Reemergence, Risks, and Responsibilities

Cunningham Lectures take place 1, 2 and 3 October

2 October


Professor Shawn Copeland

(Boston College)

A Conversation with Professor Shawn Copeland

*Monday 7 October

1-2pm, Senate Room

Professor Archie Lee


The Darkness Plague and the Creation of Light: Reading Psalm 105: 28 and Gen 1: 1-2 in Chinese Perspectives

***Joint seminar - World Christianity and Biblical Studies***

8 October

*Martin Hall

Professor Andrew F. Walls


Book panel discussion: Crossing Cultural Frontiers (Orbis 2017)  

15 October

Dr Maya Mayblin


Celibacy, machismo, and the making of the Catholic priest-politician

22 October

Dr Denise Ross


A theology of Primal Experience: An Examination of Chin/Zomi Song

*29 October and 5 November

Gifford Lectures

Playfair Library at 5.30pm

Professor Michael Welker


God’s Image: Anthropology

Gifford Lectures take place on 28, 29 and 31 October and 4, 5 and 7 November

12 November

Revd Dr Anderson Jeremiah


Innovations in Church Traditions: The case of 'Believers Eastern Church (India)' and 'Apostolic Pastoral Congress (UK)'

19 November

*Elizabeth Templeton Lecture Room

Dr Martin Accad

(Arab Baptist Theological Seminary)

Sacred Misinterpretation: Reaching Across the Christian-Muslim Divide

***Joint seminar with Theology and Ethics and the Christian-Muslim Studies Network***


Centre for the Study of World Christianity