In recent decades, African immigrant Christians have ushered in a new historical moment in Europe and North America. They have established more than 5,000 Christian congregations, including mega-churches in Kiev, Ukraine; London, England; and Washington, D.C. They cover the range of denominations or may be non-denominational. They are often transnational and create transnational networks between the West and Africa.
On April 18 and 19, the 2013 World Mission Institute will explore the new currents that African immigrant Christians have introduced in Europe and North America. This free conference is sponsored by Catholic Theological Union, A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and McCormick Theological Seminary. The World Mission Institute will be held in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. on April 18.
Dr. Afe Adogame, senior lecturer in World Christianity and Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, begins the conference on April 18 at 7 p.m. with his first keynote address on new African immigrants and the changing face of Christianity in Europe and North America. The Institute continues on April 19 at 9 a.m. with Dr. Adogame’s second keynote, “Mission to the West! African Missionaries Beyond the Rhetoric of Reverse Mission in Europe and USA.”
A panel discussion exploring African immigrant Christianity in the Midwest United States begins at 10:45 a.m. on April 19. Panelists are the Rev. Dr. Isaac Laudarji, USA coordinator for the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) and pastor of an ECWA church in Chicago; the Rev. Dr. Jemimah Ngatia, senior pastor of United African Presbyterian Fellowship in Rock Hill, Mo.; and Imam Misbahudeen Ahmed-Rufai, professor of history at Malcolm X College, Chicago.
About Dr. Afe Adogame
Before joining the Edinburgh University faculty in 2005, Dr. Afe Adogame taught at Bayreuth University in Germany and Lagos State University in Nigeria. He is the author of The African Christian Diaspora: New Currents and Emerging Trends in World Christianity (Continuum, 2013) and Celestial Church of Christ: The Politics of Cultural Identity in a West African Prophetic-Charismatic Movement (1999). He is the co-editor of seven academic books on African Religion and on African Immigrant Religion.
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