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Overview

Andrew F. Walls Centre for the Study of Asian and African Christianity

Di‌rector: Professor Daniel Jeyaraj 

Professor Daniel Jeyaraj

 

This Centre, located within the Sheppard-Worlock Library, is named after the most distinguished Professor Andrew F. Walls, Professor of History of Missions at Liverpool Hope University. His missionary experiences in Sierra Leone and Nigeria, his teaching experiences at the universities in Aberdeen and Edinburgh and in many other Euro-American, African and Asian institutions of higher learning, and his lectures in mission conferences in numerous countries shape his perception and interpretation of Christianity. He has contributed immensely to the study of World Christianity.

Prof. Wall’s award-winning publications include The Missionary Movement in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission of Faith (1996) and The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History (3rd rpt. 2005). In 2011, the Orbis Books honoured Professor Andrew Walls by publishing the book entitled Understanding World Christianity: The Vision and Work of Andrew F. Walls. Professor Walls has trained many scholars in diverse academic fields; nowadays they occupy important positions in different countries. His ideas and interpretative principles have transformed countless researchers to discover missionary movements afresh.

 

Collections

The Centre benefits in its teaching and research activity from a specialist library, forming a ground-floor wing of The Sheppard-Worlock Library at Liverpool Hope University. It is a self-contained specialist resource intended for those engaged in the study of Christian history, thought and life in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region, and in the overseas Diasporas from those continents. It also serves the general field of mission studies and mission history. The collection includes not only works relating to church and mission activity in Africa and Asia Pacific but many on the historical, cultural and religious context of Christianity there, making it valuable also for a range of studies in history and religions. Religious literature published in Africa and Asia, not often collected by British institutions, forms a major feature of this collection.

Professor Andrew Walls has actively collected most of these materials over five decades. The Centre’s collection is augmented by valuable gifts notably from Dr George Hood, late of the Selly Oak Colleges, of works on China and Southeast Asia, from Professor J W Hofmeyr of the University of Pretoria, of works on South Africa, from Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connor, the author of The Chaplains of the East India Company, 1601–1858,  Mrs. Cecilia Irvine on Christianity in Congo, and Bibles in several languages from the Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Pamphlets and ephemera constitute a feature of the collection. There are many thousands of these from many countries and in many languages, a large number not being known in any other collection. The periodicals, when the remainder of the material at present in Edinburgh and Aberdeen is received, will include four thousand titles, with complete sets and long runs of material not easy to find in other libraries. The Ida Grace McRuer Collection, transferred from Winnipeg Theological Seminary, is without parallel in Britain in its coverage of North American missions, and there is much rare material from Africa and Asia.

The Butler Collection of Non-Western Christian Art contains the art library of the late Dr John F Butler, one of the first serious studies of Christian art in Asia, Africa and Latin America, together with his personal papers and thousands of slides, artistic and architectural. This collection also includes works of art from Africa and Asia.

Professor Hoffie Hofmeyer of South Africa has donated about 400 books on South African history, Christianity, traditional religions, culture and modern life. Likewise, Canon Daniel O’Connor has kindly sent a large number of books on Christian Ecumenism, Church Union Movements in India, the works of a few European mission agencies, world religions (e.g., Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam), famous personalities (e.g., Gandhi), and the like. Additionally, this Center collects microfilms containing original source materials on various mission agencies, particularly working in Western Africa. It encourages other well-wishers to donate their books on the life, teachings, witness, and other works of Christians. The Center promises to take care of them and make them available to research scholars.

The Centre actively collects religious literature – scholarly and popular, mainstream and marginal, official and informal, periodicals and pamphlets – pertaining to African and Asian Christianity. If you wish to donate literature or know someone whom we can contact, please inform Professors Andrew Walls (wallsa@hope.ac.uk) or Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk). We welcome you to see and make use of our collections.

Aims and Objectives

This Centre

a)     Fosters cross-cultural learning in mission studies through mutual encounters between Christians from the global south and north.

b)    Offers fresh readings of Euro-American mission literature and by listening to the voices from the churches of Africa and Asia.

c)     Trains scholars to study various aspects of African and Asian Christianity at MA, MPhil. and PhD levels. For information and opportunities for study and research in these fields, please contact Prof. Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk).

d)    Explores the place of Africa and Asia within World Christianity by organizing conferences, lectures, workshops,consultations, summer schools, publications, Bible Studies, and Study Tours.

e)     Facilitates networking of scholars, students and centres in World Christianity in different parts of the world.

f)     Develops collaborative research on national and international level.

g)    Enlists Visiting Fellows of the Centre to help promote its activities.

h)     Collects religious literature – scholarly and popular, mainstream and marginal, official and informal, periodicals and pamphlets – pertaining to African and Asian Christianity.

If you wish to donate literature or know someone whom we can contact for literature, please inform Professors Andrew Walls (wallsa@hope.ac.uk) or Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk). We welcome you to see and make use of our collections.

Likewise, this Centre happily receives nominations for a Visiting Fellowship. For details, please get in touch with Prof. Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk). 

Members

Prof. Daniel Jeyaraj, Director of the Centre; email: jeyarad@hope.ac.uk

Prof. Andrew F. Walls, Professor of History of Missions; email: wallsa@hope.ac.uk
Ms Susan Murray, Head of the Library Services, email: murrays@hope.ac.uk
Ms Karen Backhouse, Special Collections Cataloguer, email: backhok@hope.ac.uk

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Professor Kenneth Newport, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), email: knewport@hope.ac.uk
Professor Nicholas Rees, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, email: reesn@hope.ac.uk
Reverend Dr Peter McGrail, Associate Professor, TPRS, email: mcgraip@hope.ac.uk
Head, Department of Theology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies (at present: Prof. Newport)
A PGR Student
The Visiting Fellows

VISITING FELLOWS

The Centre is associated with several scholars and other similar research institutes in a number of ways. Thus it enjoys the support of scholars and students representing various branches of study. On receiving nominations of senior academic scholars who have made significant contribution to the study of World Christianity, the Centre appoints Visiting Fellows, welcomes them to participate in various activities and to enrich its resources.

  • Professor Robert Eric Frykenberg, Professor Emeritus of History & South Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Professor Klaus Koschorke, Department of History of Christianity, Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of Munich
  • Professor Mark S. Heim, Samuel Abbot Professor of Christian Theology, Andover Newton Theological School, Newton
  • Professor Richard Fox Young, Professor of History of Religions, Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey
  • Dr. William R. Burrows, Managing Editor Emeritus, Orbis Books, Maryknoll and Research Professor of Missiology in the Center for World Christianity at New York Theological Seminary, New York
  • Professor Hoffie Hofmeyer, Professor Emeritus of History of Christianity, South Africa
  • The Reverend Dr. Samson Olasupo A Ayokunle, PhD. President & CEO, Nigerian Baptist Convention, Nigeria
  • The Reverend Professor Deji Isaac Ayegboyin, President, The Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Obgomoso

For information on nomination and invitation as Visiting Fellows of the Centre, please contact Prof. Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk)

Research

The Centre is located within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and works in close association with the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies. Through its cooperation with other Departments and Research Centres of the University, it develops an active interdisciplinary research culture. It is home to a number of postgraduate research students from different parts of the world.

Appropriately qualified researchers and students can register for the MA, MPhil or PhD degrees under the supervision of the Centre either on-site or off-site. It is important to know that these are research degrees. As such, they do not involve either semester course work or comprehensive exams (as in many other European and North American institutions). Instead, all registered students can immediately start their research right from the beginning and carry it under supervision. Those research students, who have opted for off-site supervision, will come to Hope Park Campus, attend the annual Summer School for acquiring and demonstrating appropriate competencies, and participate in the Annual Conference. Currently, postgraduate research students from Nigeria, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, and the United States are enrolled in our off-site supervision program. Since 2008, five research students have successfully defended their theses and obtained their doctoral degrees.

 

For further details on admission requirements and research possibilities, contact Professor Daniel Jeyaraj, the Director of this Center (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk).

 

Annual Conferences

The Centre organises an international annual conference on various themes. This conference is open for scholars, students, and interested public. Thus far, it has organized the following conferences.

 

1)     23–24 May 2008: Significance of African and Asian Christianity. This inaugural conference brought together scholars from Africa, Asia, Continental Europe, and United Kingdom and they shared their experiences and reflections on the needs, resources, and opportunities for studying World Christianity.

2)     19–21 June 2009: Transatlantic Dimensions of African and Asian Christianity. The city of Liverpool offered a good background to look at the transatlantic connections in a fresh manner. The paper presenters used this backdrop to discuss Liverpool’s crucial role not merely in slave trade, but also in Christian missionary movements.           

3)     11–13 June 2010: Christian Unity in Mission and Service. The paper presenters and participants reflected on various ecumenical conferences such as the Missionary Conference of Liverpool (1860) that preceded the First International Missionary Conference in Edinburgh 1910. This conference highlighted the 150 years of ecumenical legacy in Liverpool.     

4)     10–12 June 2011: Bible Translations and Human Dignity. The year 2011 marked the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible and 300th anniversary of the first Tamil New Testament. The paper presenters examined how the translation of the Bible into native languages of the people influenced and positively transformed these languages, their speakers, and societies.   

5)     15–17 June 2012: The Book, books, and beyond books: 300 years of Christian publications in and for Asia and Africa. The year 2012 marked the 300th anniversary of printing press in India. Paper presenters examined the significance of printing Christian literature, its renaissance impact on printing non-Christian religious literature, and how modes of Christian publications have changed since then. Particularly, the current digital revolution poses new challenges for book readers, publishers, librarians, and researchers. The paper presenters, representing various countries and academic disciplines, examined these challenges and offered fresh insights.         

6)     21–23 June 2013: Pietism – Methodism – World Christianity. Christian Pietism contributed to the emergence of modern mission movements in Denmark, Germany, India, Britain, Switzerland, and other countries. The Royal Danish-Halle Mission (1705) that worked in the Danish Colonies of Tranquebar (1706–1845) and Serampore (1755–1845) exemplified the impact of Christian Pietism. August Hermann Francke (1663–1713), whose 300th birth anniversary fell in 2013, supported this mission enterprise. Likewise, the Moravians and the Methodists pioneered other types of overseas mission movements. Their successors formed the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society (1813), sent out missionaries to various people groups, and expanded their version of Christian faith and institutional polity. The paper presenters examined the various facets of these and other cross-cultural mission movements.           

7)     23–25 June 2014: War and Peace and Christian Missions. The paper presenters explored the consequences of the Great War (1914) on Christian mission, empowerment of women in mission, attempt for reconciliation in different countries. The Methodist Mission History Project assisted in organizing this conference.      

8)      1–3 July 2015: Missionary and Indigenous-Christian Journals/ Periodicals and the Making of Transcontinental Christian Networks. The Chair for Early and Global Church History at Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich in Germany and the Centre are jointly organizing this conference. The organizers of this conference invite paper proposals on the contributions of missionary journals to any theme related to intercultural learning, cross-cultural networks of Christians, printing, selling, and reading habits, Christian ecumenism, interreligious understanding, international diplomacy, freedom movements, women liberation, developmental works to reduce poverty or to promote health, and academic disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, linguistics, and translation studies. The proposals should say how the missionary journals have or have not established transcontinental channels of communication in diverse fields. This conference will also provide opportunities for researchers to present the result of their case studies such as the Munich Research Group’s study on indigenous journals by Asian and African Christian leaders and their contributions to trans-regional and trans-continental networking. For the timetables of the Summer School and the conference see these attachments.

 Andrew Walls Summer School Timetable

 

Andrew Walls Conference Timetable

 

Postgraduate Summer School

This week-long summer school is meant for postgraduate research students who examine any aspect of World Christianity and its related subject. All postgraduate students under off-site supervision provision participate in this Summer School from Monday to Friday. Then, they also participate in the annual Andrew Walls Centre Conference. Regularly, we have postgraduate students from outside of the United Kingdom. Besides gaining competent skills, they are welcome to freely consult the rich collections of the Centre. The next Summer School will begin in the morning of Monday 28 June 2015 and end at noon on Friday 3 July 2015. Interested postgraduate researchers can contact Prof. Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk) for further details.

 

Research Seminars and Colloquia

These seminars and colloquia provide opportunities for our postgraduate research students at the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies to reflect on themes related to World Christianity. During these sessions, research students present their findings and receive constructive feedback. For a calendar of these seminars and colloquia, kindly contact Prof. Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk).

 

Hope-MCC Seminars

The Centre and the Institute for Advanced Christian Studies at Madras Christian College (MCC), Tambaram, Chennai, India have a ten-year partnership agreement (2010–2020) to conduct a joint seminar once in two years on the various contributions of Christians to people in the Indian Subcontinent. This seminar would take place on the campus of MCC. The first seminar took place from 10 to 11 February 2012 and examined the theme Indian-initiated Missions and Churches. The second seminar was held from 9 to 10 January 2014 and considered the theme Indian Christians in Business and Science. The third seminar is now being planned: it will be held on 7 and 8 January 2016 and will explore the theme Christian Contributions to Media and Literature. Scholars who wish to present papers or to participate, can get in touch with Professor Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk). On inquiry, he can also share the contact details of the co-organizers of this seminar in Chennai.

 

Annual Public Lectures

Occasionally, the Centre hosts public lectures in honour of Professor Andrew F Walls. They are open to all faculty members, staff, and students. Members of the public are welcome. Advance information will be available here.

 

Service to local communities

The Center continually seeks to find relevant ways of disseminating the research knowledge of World Christianity to local communities. It uses lectures, seminars, bible studies, and exhibitions to enable the members of the local communities to inform themselves of various peoples, languages, cultures of Asians, Africans, Latin Americans, and the Pacific Islanders, their engagement or non-engagement with Christian beliefs and practices. The more they know about these peoples, the better they will emerge as informed global citizens, who build and maintain intercultural bridges at home and overseas.

6 Oct – 17 Nov 2009: The Center in collaboration with the Liverpool District of the Methodist Church and the Andrew Walls Centre, organized with the help of Dr. Elizabeth Harris, organized a four-part lecture series entitled “The City in One World: Learning from the World Church about Discipleship Today.” These lectures were held at Princes Park Methodist Church, Beaconsfield St, Liverpool L8 2UU. A growing circle of interested audience participated in these lectures.

15Oct – 3 Dec 2009: The Center in collaboration with the Anglican Cathedral sponsored two public lectures on African and Asian Christian Challenges.

 

21 Nov 2010: Retreat for the Readers of the Diocese of Liverpool on the theme Sermon on the Mount in context: Canon Arthur Cooper, who coordinates this annual event, requested me to conduct an all-day retreat for the readers on this theme. About 90 Readers from the Anglican Diocese of Liverpool participated in this retreat conducted in one of our lecture theatres in Hope Park.

 

26 Nov 2010: Public Panel Exhibition of the Francke Foundations in Germany in our Gateway Building starting with a seminar on Pietism: Halle, Great Britain, and the World. After a month, this exhibition was displaced in the Anglican Cathedral (Dec 2010) and in the All Saints Church Stoneycroft (Jan 2011).

 

15 June 2011 – 10 July 2011: John Newton Panel Exhibition, put together by Marylynn Rouse of the John Newton Project in the first floor of the EDEN-Building.

 

12 October 2012: The Centre and the Tiruvettriur Pastorate of the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India organized a day-seminar for local people on the theme Contributions of Ziegenbalg’s Family to Indian Society.

 

September to December 2012: Hope Bible Studies on the Minor Prophets, held at All Saints’ Church Stoneycroft, Liverpool. L13 4BW.

 

21 June to 19 July 2013: Exhibition near the Chapel in Hope Campus: Halle Pietism and Reformation: August Hermann Francke in the footsteps of Martin Luther. The Francke Foundations in Halle, Germany, loaned these exhibition panels to us.

 

October – December 2013: Six lectures on Walking with our Ancestors, held at All Saints’ Church Stoneycroft, Liverpool. L13 4BW.

 

April – May 2014: Six lectures on the Asian and African Roots of European Christianity, held at All Saints’ Church Stoneycroft, Liverpool L13 4BW.

 

6 January 2015: The Centre, the Tiruvettriur Pastorate of the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India, the International Foundation for Cultural Studies in Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, India, organized a seminar on the Contributions of Christians Tamil Culture. It was open for the public.

 

7 January 2015: Prof. Jeyaraj was invited to speak in a seminar jointly organized by the Jamaite Islami Hind and the International Foundation for Cultural Studies in Tanjore, and held in the Makkaḷ Maṉṟam (‘People’s Assembly Hall’), Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, India. The theme of this seminar was Maṟuvulaka Vāḻvu (i.e., “Life in the next World”). Hindu, Christian, and Muslim scholars shared their views.

 

26 February 2015: The Centre and the Temple of Praise in Liverpool jointly hosted Dr. Jim Ault’s documentary film entitled African Christianity Rising and provided a forum for discussing the theme “Culture, Worldviews and Documentary Filmmaking.”

 

28 March 2015: The Centre organized a Consultation on Christian Diasporas. Representatives from Liverpool, London and Birmingham attended it. They expressed a desire to discuss the possibilities of training second generation Diaspora Children and Youth to uphold their Christian identity. The plans to conduct a separate consultation in March 2016. 

 

The Centre welcomes inquiries from faith communities who wish to collaborate and wish to engage with the wider themes of World Christianity. 

Contact us

Professor Daniel Jeyaraj BD, MA, Dr. theol., Dr. Habil, Dr. phil. DD (hc)

Director

Tel: +44 (0)151 291 3761

Fax: +44 (0)151 291 3160

Email: jeyarad@hope.ac.uk

 

Professor Andrew F Walls, MA, OBE, DLitt, DD FSAScot

Professor of the History of Mission

Email: wallsa@hope.ac.uk

 

Ms Susan Murray, MA, BSc, MCILIP, ILTM

Head of the Library Services

The Sheppard-Worlock Library

Tel: +44 (0)151 291 2002

Fax: +44 (0)151 291 2037

Email: murrays@hope.ac.uk

 

During Work Days:

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

 

During term time with special arrangements:

Monday - Thursday 5pm – 7.15pm

Sunday 2pm – 4.15pm

 

Physical Location:

Andrew F Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity

The Sheppard-Worlock Library

Liverpool Hope University

Hope Park

LiverpoolL16 9JD

United Kingdom

Overview

Andrew F. Walls Centre for the Study of Asian and African Christianity

Di‌rector: Professor Daniel Jeyaraj 

Professor Daniel Jeyaraj

 

This Centre, located within the Sheppard-Worlock Library, is named after the most distinguished Professor Andrew F. Walls, Professor of History of Missions at Liverpool Hope University. His missionary experiences in Sierra Leone and Nigeria, his teaching experiences at the universities in Aberdeen and Edinburgh and in many other Euro-American, African and Asian institutions of higher learning, and his lectures in mission conferences in numerous countries shape his perception and interpretation of Christianity. He has contributed immensely to the study of World Christianity.

Prof. Wall’s award-winning publications include The Missionary Movement in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission of Faith (1996) and The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History (3rd rpt. 2005). In 2011, the Orbis Books honoured Professor Andrew Walls by publishing the book entitled Understanding World Christianity: The Vision and Work of Andrew F. Walls. Professor Walls has trained many scholars in diverse academic fields; nowadays they occupy important positions in different countries. His ideas and interpretative principles have transformed countless researchers to discover missionary movements afresh.

 

Collections

The Centre benefits in its teaching and research activity from a specialist library, forming a ground-floor wing of The Sheppard-Worlock Library at Liverpool Hope University. It is a self-contained specialist resource intended for those engaged in the study of Christian history, thought and life in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region, and in the overseas Diasporas from those continents. It also serves the general field of mission studies and mission history. The collection includes not only works relating to church and mission activity in Africa and Asia Pacific but many on the historical, cultural and religious context of Christianity there, making it valuable also for a range of studies in history and religions. Religious literature published in Africa and Asia, not often collected by British institutions, forms a major feature of this collection.

Professor Andrew Walls has actively collected most of these materials over five decades. The Centre’s collection is augmented by valuable gifts notably from Dr George Hood, late of the Selly Oak Colleges, of works on China and Southeast Asia, from Professor J W Hofmeyr of the University of Pretoria, of works on South Africa, from Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connor, the author of The Chaplains of the East India Company, 1601–1858,  Mrs. Cecilia Irvine on Christianity in Congo, and Bibles in several languages from the Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Pamphlets and ephemera constitute a feature of the collection. There are many thousands of these from many countries and in many languages, a large number not being known in any other collection. The periodicals, when the remainder of the material at present in Edinburgh and Aberdeen is received, will include four thousand titles, with complete sets and long runs of material not easy to find in other libraries. The Ida Grace McRuer Collection, transferred from Winnipeg Theological Seminary, is without parallel in Britain in its coverage of North American missions, and there is much rare material from Africa and Asia.

The Butler Collection of Non-Western Christian Art contains the art library of the late Dr John F Butler, one of the first serious studies of Christian art in Asia, Africa and Latin America, together with his personal papers and thousands of slides, artistic and architectural. This collection also includes works of art from Africa and Asia.

Professor Hoffie Hofmeyer of South Africa has donated about 400 books on South African history, Christianity, traditional religions, culture and modern life. Likewise, Canon Daniel O’Connor has kindly sent a large number of books on Christian Ecumenism, Church Union Movements in India, the works of a few European mission agencies, world religions (e.g., Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam), famous personalities (e.g., Gandhi), and the like. Additionally, this Center collects microfilms containing original source materials on various mission agencies, particularly working in Western Africa. It encourages other well-wishers to donate their books on the life, teachings, witness, and other works of Christians. The Center promises to take care of them and make them available to research scholars.

The Centre actively collects religious literature – scholarly and popular, mainstream and marginal, official and informal, periodicals and pamphlets – pertaining to African and Asian Christianity. If you wish to donate literature or know someone whom we can contact, please inform Professors Andrew Walls (wallsa@hope.ac.uk) or Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk). We welcome you to see and make use of our collections.

Aims and Objectives

This Centre

a)     Fosters cross-cultural learning in mission studies through mutual encounters between Christians from the global south and north.

b)    Offers fresh readings of Euro-American mission literature and by listening to the voices from the churches of Africa and Asia.

c)     Trains scholars to study various aspects of African and Asian Christianity at MA, MPhil. and PhD levels. For information and opportunities for study and research in these fields, please contact Prof. Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk).

d)    Explores the place of Africa and Asia within World Christianity by organizing conferences, lectures, workshops,consultations, summer schools, publications, Bible Studies, and Study Tours.

e)     Facilitates networking of scholars, students and centres in World Christianity in different parts of the world.

f)     Develops collaborative research on national and international level.

g)    Enlists Visiting Fellows of the Centre to help promote its activities.

h)     Collects religious literature – scholarly and popular, mainstream and marginal, official and informal, periodicals and pamphlets – pertaining to African and Asian Christianity.

If you wish to donate literature or know someone whom we can contact for literature, please inform Professors Andrew Walls (wallsa@hope.ac.uk) or Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk). We welcome you to see and make use of our collections.

Likewise, this Centre happily receives nominations for a Visiting Fellowship. For details, please get in touch with Prof. Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk). 

Members

Prof. Daniel Jeyaraj, Director of the Centre; email: jeyarad@hope.ac.uk

Prof. Andrew F. Walls, Professor of History of Missions; email: wallsa@hope.ac.uk
Ms Susan Murray, Head of the Library Services, email: murrays@hope.ac.uk
Ms Karen Backhouse, Special Collections Cataloguer, email: backhok@hope.ac.uk

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Professor Kenneth Newport, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), email: knewport@hope.ac.uk
Professor Nicholas Rees, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, email: reesn@hope.ac.uk
Reverend Dr Peter McGrail, Associate Professor, TPRS, email: mcgraip@hope.ac.uk
Head, Department of Theology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies (at present: Prof. Newport)
A PGR Student
The Visiting Fellows

VISITING FELLOWS

The Centre is associated with several scholars and other similar research institutes in a number of ways. Thus it enjoys the support of scholars and students representing various branches of study. On receiving nominations of senior academic scholars who have made significant contribution to the study of World Christianity, the Centre appoints Visiting Fellows, welcomes them to participate in various activities and to enrich its resources.

  • Professor Robert Eric Frykenberg, Professor Emeritus of History & South Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Professor Klaus Koschorke, Department of History of Christianity, Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of Munich
  • Professor Mark S. Heim, Samuel Abbot Professor of Christian Theology, Andover Newton Theological School, Newton
  • Professor Richard Fox Young, Professor of History of Religions, Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey
  • Dr. William R. Burrows, Managing Editor Emeritus, Orbis Books, Maryknoll and Research Professor of Missiology in the Center for World Christianity at New York Theological Seminary, New York
  • Professor Hoffie Hofmeyer, Professor Emeritus of History of Christianity, South Africa
  • The Reverend Dr. Samson Olasupo A Ayokunle, PhD. President & CEO, Nigerian Baptist Convention, Nigeria
  • The Reverend Professor Deji Isaac Ayegboyin, President, The Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Obgomoso

For information on nomination and invitation as Visiting Fellows of the Centre, please contact Prof. Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk)

Research

The Centre is located within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and works in close association with the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies. Through its cooperation with other Departments and Research Centres of the University, it develops an active interdisciplinary research culture. It is home to a number of postgraduate research students from different parts of the world.

Appropriately qualified researchers and students can register for the MA, MPhil or PhD degrees under the supervision of the Centre either on-site or off-site. It is important to know that these are research degrees. As such, they do not involve either semester course work or comprehensive exams (as in many other European and North American institutions). Instead, all registered students can immediately start their research right from the beginning and carry it under supervision. Those research students, who have opted for off-site supervision, will come to Hope Park Campus, attend the annual Summer School for acquiring and demonstrating appropriate competencies, and participate in the Annual Conference. Currently, postgraduate research students from Nigeria, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, and the United States are enrolled in our off-site supervision program. Since 2008, five research students have successfully defended their theses and obtained their doctoral degrees.

 

For further details on admission requirements and research possibilities, contact Professor Daniel Jeyaraj, the Director of this Center (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk).

 

Annual Conferences

The Centre organises an international annual conference on various themes. This conference is open for scholars, students, and interested public. Thus far, it has organized the following conferences.

 

1)     23–24 May 2008: Significance of African and Asian Christianity. This inaugural conference brought together scholars from Africa, Asia, Continental Europe, and United Kingdom and they shared their experiences and reflections on the needs, resources, and opportunities for studying World Christianity.

2)     19–21 June 2009: Transatlantic Dimensions of African and Asian Christianity. The city of Liverpool offered a good background to look at the transatlantic connections in a fresh manner. The paper presenters used this backdrop to discuss Liverpool’s crucial role not merely in slave trade, but also in Christian missionary movements.           

3)     11–13 June 2010: Christian Unity in Mission and Service. The paper presenters and participants reflected on various ecumenical conferences such as the Missionary Conference of Liverpool (1860) that preceded the First International Missionary Conference in Edinburgh 1910. This conference highlighted the 150 years of ecumenical legacy in Liverpool.     

4)     10–12 June 2011: Bible Translations and Human Dignity. The year 2011 marked the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible and 300th anniversary of the first Tamil New Testament. The paper presenters examined how the translation of the Bible into native languages of the people influenced and positively transformed these languages, their speakers, and societies.   

5)     15–17 June 2012: The Book, books, and beyond books: 300 years of Christian publications in and for Asia and Africa. The year 2012 marked the 300th anniversary of printing press in India. Paper presenters examined the significance of printing Christian literature, its renaissance impact on printing non-Christian religious literature, and how modes of Christian publications have changed since then. Particularly, the current digital revolution poses new challenges for book readers, publishers, librarians, and researchers. The paper presenters, representing various countries and academic disciplines, examined these challenges and offered fresh insights.         

6)     21–23 June 2013: Pietism – Methodism – World Christianity. Christian Pietism contributed to the emergence of modern mission movements in Denmark, Germany, India, Britain, Switzerland, and other countries. The Royal Danish-Halle Mission (1705) that worked in the Danish Colonies of Tranquebar (1706–1845) and Serampore (1755–1845) exemplified the impact of Christian Pietism. August Hermann Francke (1663–1713), whose 300th birth anniversary fell in 2013, supported this mission enterprise. Likewise, the Moravians and the Methodists pioneered other types of overseas mission movements. Their successors formed the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society (1813), sent out missionaries to various people groups, and expanded their version of Christian faith and institutional polity. The paper presenters examined the various facets of these and other cross-cultural mission movements.           

7)     23–25 June 2014: War and Peace and Christian Missions. The paper presenters explored the consequences of the Great War (1914) on Christian mission, empowerment of women in mission, attempt for reconciliation in different countries. The Methodist Mission History Project assisted in organizing this conference.      

8)      1–3 July 2015: Missionary and Indigenous-Christian Journals/ Periodicals and the Making of Transcontinental Christian Networks. The Chair for Early and Global Church History at Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich in Germany and the Centre are jointly organizing this conference. The organizers of this conference invite paper proposals on the contributions of missionary journals to any theme related to intercultural learning, cross-cultural networks of Christians, printing, selling, and reading habits, Christian ecumenism, interreligious understanding, international diplomacy, freedom movements, women liberation, developmental works to reduce poverty or to promote health, and academic disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, linguistics, and translation studies. The proposals should say how the missionary journals have or have not established transcontinental channels of communication in diverse fields. This conference will also provide opportunities for researchers to present the result of their case studies such as the Munich Research Group’s study on indigenous journals by Asian and African Christian leaders and their contributions to trans-regional and trans-continental networking. For the timetables of the Summer School and the conference see these attachments.

 Andrew Walls Summer School Timetable

 

Andrew Walls Conference Timetable

 

Postgraduate Summer School

This week-long summer school is meant for postgraduate research students who examine any aspect of World Christianity and its related subject. All postgraduate students under off-site supervision provision participate in this Summer School from Monday to Friday. Then, they also participate in the annual Andrew Walls Centre Conference. Regularly, we have postgraduate students from outside of the United Kingdom. Besides gaining competent skills, they are welcome to freely consult the rich collections of the Centre. The next Summer School will begin in the morning of Monday 28 June 2015 and end at noon on Friday 3 July 2015. Interested postgraduate researchers can contact Prof. Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk) for further details.

 

Research Seminars and Colloquia

These seminars and colloquia provide opportunities for our postgraduate research students at the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies to reflect on themes related to World Christianity. During these sessions, research students present their findings and receive constructive feedback. For a calendar of these seminars and colloquia, kindly contact Prof. Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk).

 

Hope-MCC Seminars

The Centre and the Institute for Advanced Christian Studies at Madras Christian College (MCC), Tambaram, Chennai, India have a ten-year partnership agreement (2010–2020) to conduct a joint seminar once in two years on the various contributions of Christians to people in the Indian Subcontinent. This seminar would take place on the campus of MCC. The first seminar took place from 10 to 11 February 2012 and examined the theme Indian-initiated Missions and Churches. The second seminar was held from 9 to 10 January 2014 and considered the theme Indian Christians in Business and Science. The third seminar is now being planned: it will be held on 7 and 8 January 2016 and will explore the theme Christian Contributions to Media and Literature. Scholars who wish to present papers or to participate, can get in touch with Professor Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk). On inquiry, he can also share the contact details of the co-organizers of this seminar in Chennai.

 

Annual Public Lectures

Occasionally, the Centre hosts public lectures in honour of Professor Andrew F Walls. They are open to all faculty members, staff, and students. Members of the public are welcome. Advance information will be available here.

 

Service to local communities

The Center continually seeks to find relevant ways of disseminating the research knowledge of World Christianity to local communities. It uses lectures, seminars, bible studies, and exhibitions to enable the members of the local communities to inform themselves of various peoples, languages, cultures of Asians, Africans, Latin Americans, and the Pacific Islanders, their engagement or non-engagement with Christian beliefs and practices. The more they know about these peoples, the better they will emerge as informed global citizens, who build and maintain intercultural bridges at home and overseas.

6 Oct – 17 Nov 2009: The Center in collaboration with the Liverpool District of the Methodist Church and the Andrew Walls Centre, organized with the help of Dr. Elizabeth Harris, organized a four-part lecture series entitled “The City in One World: Learning from the World Church about Discipleship Today.” These lectures were held at Princes Park Methodist Church, Beaconsfield St, Liverpool L8 2UU. A growing circle of interested audience participated in these lectures.

15Oct – 3 Dec 2009: The Center in collaboration with the Anglican Cathedral sponsored two public lectures on African and Asian Christian Challenges.

 

21 Nov 2010: Retreat for the Readers of the Diocese of Liverpool on the theme Sermon on the Mount in context: Canon Arthur Cooper, who coordinates this annual event, requested me to conduct an all-day retreat for the readers on this theme. About 90 Readers from the Anglican Diocese of Liverpool participated in this retreat conducted in one of our lecture theatres in Hope Park.

 

26 Nov 2010: Public Panel Exhibition of the Francke Foundations in Germany in our Gateway Building starting with a seminar on Pietism: Halle, Great Britain, and the World. After a month, this exhibition was displaced in the Anglican Cathedral (Dec 2010) and in the All Saints Church Stoneycroft (Jan 2011).

 

15 June 2011 – 10 July 2011: John Newton Panel Exhibition, put together by Marylynn Rouse of the John Newton Project in the first floor of the EDEN-Building.

 

12 October 2012: The Centre and the Tiruvettriur Pastorate of the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India organized a day-seminar for local people on the theme Contributions of Ziegenbalg’s Family to Indian Society.

 

September to December 2012: Hope Bible Studies on the Minor Prophets, held at All Saints’ Church Stoneycroft, Liverpool. L13 4BW.

 

21 June to 19 July 2013: Exhibition near the Chapel in Hope Campus: Halle Pietism and Reformation: August Hermann Francke in the footsteps of Martin Luther. The Francke Foundations in Halle, Germany, loaned these exhibition panels to us.

 

October – December 2013: Six lectures on Walking with our Ancestors, held at All Saints’ Church Stoneycroft, Liverpool. L13 4BW.

 

April – May 2014: Six lectures on the Asian and African Roots of European Christianity, held at All Saints’ Church Stoneycroft, Liverpool L13 4BW.

 

6 January 2015: The Centre, the Tiruvettriur Pastorate of the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India, the International Foundation for Cultural Studies in Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, India, organized a seminar on the Contributions of Christians Tamil Culture. It was open for the public.

 

7 January 2015: Prof. Jeyaraj was invited to speak in a seminar jointly organized by the Jamaite Islami Hind and the International Foundation for Cultural Studies in Tanjore, and held in the Makkaḷ Maṉṟam (‘People’s Assembly Hall’), Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, India. The theme of this seminar was Maṟuvulaka Vāḻvu (i.e., “Life in the next World”). Hindu, Christian, and Muslim scholars shared their views.

 

26 February 2015: The Centre and the Temple of Praise in Liverpool jointly hosted Dr. Jim Ault’s documentary film entitled African Christianity Rising and provided a forum for discussing the theme “Culture, Worldviews and Documentary Filmmaking.”

 

28 March 2015: The Centre organized a Consultation on Christian Diasporas. Representatives from Liverpool, London and Birmingham attended it. They expressed a desire to discuss the possibilities of training second generation Diaspora Children and Youth to uphold their Christian identity. The plans to conduct a separate consultation in March 2016. 

 

The Centre welcomes inquiries from faith communities who wish to collaborate and wish to engage with the wider themes of World Christianity. 

Contact us

Professor Daniel Jeyaraj BD, MA, Dr. theol., Dr. Habil, Dr. phil. DD (hc)

Director

Tel: +44 (0)151 291 3761

Fax: +44 (0)151 291 3160

Email: jeyarad@hope.ac.uk

 

Professor Andrew F Walls, MA, OBE, DLitt, DD FSAScot

Professor of the History of Mission

Email: wallsa@hope.ac.uk

 

Ms Susan Murray, MA, BSc, MCILIP, ILTM

Head of the Library Services

The Sheppard-Worlock Library

Tel: +44 (0)151 291 2002

Fax: +44 (0)151 291 2037

Email: murrays@hope.ac.uk

 

During Work Days:

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

 

During term time with special arrangements:

Monday - Thursday 5pm – 7.15pm

Sunday 2pm – 4.15pm

 

Physical Location:

Andrew F Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity

The Sheppard-Worlock Library

Liverpool Hope University

Hope Park

LiverpoolL16 9JD

United Kingdom