The Centre holds regular (usually weekly) seminars from September to March, and organizes annual conferences in association with Yale Divinity School. It is also involved from time to time in research projects with other institutions.
The Centre hosts a regular research seminar, which meets most Tuesdays from September to March at 4.10 p.m. in Room 1.07, New College, at which local, national and international scholars present and discuss their research, or report on recent developments in their respective fields.
The Centre also regularly arranges conferences related to World Christianity.
- In association with Yale University Divinity School and the Overseas Ministries’ Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut, the Centre sponsors the annual conference of the ‘Yale-Edinburgh Group on World Christianity and the History of the Mission‘. This meets every June or July, alternating between Yale and Edinburgh.
The Centre also organizes or co-sponsors other conferences from time to time. The most recent examples include:
- ‘Livingstone’s legacy‘ was a day conference held on 16 March 2013 to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of David Livingstone and reassess his legacy for Africa and Scotland today. The event was jointly sponsored by the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Church History Society.
- ‘Religion and Sport: Past, Present and Future‘ was held on 27 March 2013 to explore some of the links between religious belief and sporting achievement and participation. It was jointly sponsored by the Centre for the Study of World Christianity and the Religious Studies subject area in the School of Divinity. The programme included lectures by Prof. Andrew Parker, University of Gloucestershire, UK, Dr. Nick Watson, York St John University, UK, and Prof. Dr. Frieder Ludwig, FIT, Hermannsburg, Germany.
- ‘James Legge and Scottish Missions to China‘ was a three-day conference held in June 2015 in honour of James Legge, the important Scottish missionary-scholar to China, on the bicentennial of his birth. Sponsorship for this event was provided by the Confucius Institute for Scotland and the New College Senate
- ‘The Edinburgh 2010 Project’ was an international ecumenical initiative to reflect on a century of missions since the World Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh in 1910, celebrate past achievements and plan for a new mission paradigm.