Yale-Edinburgh 2023

Creation, Climate Change, and World Christianity
In-person in Edinburgh, with hybrid hubs in Nairobi, Singapore, and São Paulo
21st–23rd June 2023 #YaleEdin2023

The 2023 meeting of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on World Christianity and the History of Mission was on the theme ‘Creation, Climate Change, and World Christianity’. It explored the ways the natural environment relates to the thinking and practices of Christians worldwide, past and present.

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Yale-Edinburgh 2024 – Call for Papers

Spirit and the Spiritual:
Ancestors, Deities and the Holy Spirit in Church, and Mission
26th-28th June 2024 ‧ Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT ‧ #YaleEdin2024
Proposals due 15th February 2024

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Missions from the West brought Christianity into worlds with a wide array of cosmologies. Recipient cultures embraced Christian faith while negotiating differing perspectives of spiritual realities. The subsequent transition from missionary Christianity to indigenous faith produced a range of responses to the notion of ‘spiritual beings.’ Through mission, Christianity encountered traditional religions which venerated ancestors, revered spiritual beings, and navigated intricate relationships between deities in a world far more complex than the typical Western experience. From Korea to Brazil, Nigeria to Samoa, France to India – these multifaceted cosmologies continue to animate the Christian experience producing dynamic expressions of the faith. Movements of the Holy Spirit represent another dimension of Christianity. A wide range of pneumatic Christianities populate the long history of Christian expansion around the world.

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