World Christianity

Tuesdays, 4:10pm, in the Martin Hall unless otherwise stated

All welcome. For enquiries, please contact Dr Alex Chow:

Semester 2 – Spring 2024

Date Speaker Topic

Wednesday 17 January

Dr Arkotong Longkumer, Professor Hannah Holtschneider, Dr Simeon Xu, and Dr Alexander Chow

Whole School Seminar

'The Digital in Theology and Religious Studies'

23 January

Rev’d Dr David Bagnall (St John’s Scottish Episcopal Church)

'A Metaphysics of Ubumwe: Sexuality, Reconciliation, and the Discursive Production of the Other in the Anglican Church of Rwanda'

6 February

Dr Yinxuan Huang (British and Foreign Bible Society)

'The Chinese Christian Community in Britain: Spirituality, Dynamics, and Division'

27 February


Panel Discussion

‘Global Christians in Edinburgh: The Changing Landscape of Scottish Christianity’, moderated by Nuam Hatzaw, with select Edinburgh church leaders

12 March

Dr Romina Istratii (SOAS Centre of World Christianity)

Topic TBC

26 March


Ray Burbank (School of Divinity)



Peter Rowe (School of Geosciences)

PhD Student Papers

‘Conversion and Country: Evangelical Conversion Theology addressing Place and Culture in 19th-Century Western India’


‘Christianity and Conservation Agriculture in Kenya’

Semester 1 - Autumn 2023

Date Speaker Topic

3 October

Agana-Nsiire Agana (University of Edinburgh)


Elilo Ezung (University of Edinburgh)

"A Digital Theological Investigation of Identity Among Ghanaian Youth"


“Your Daughters Shall Prophecy”: Charismata and Women’s Influence in Naga Christianity"

17 October

Leanne Williams Green (Trinity College, Cambridge)

"Reasonable Suffering: Baptist Accounts of Sin and Responsibility in Postcolonial Harare"

31 October

Harvey Kwiyani (Global Connections)

"African Christian Identity in the Age of World Christianity: John Mbiti and Byang Kato, 50 Years Later"

21 November

Robert Heimburger (Cardiff University)

"Debating Forgiveness During Armed Conflict: Colombian Conflict Survivors’ Christian Ethic of Forgiveness and its Philosophical Critics"

28 November 

Brian Stanley (editor), Ingrid Walls, Kenneth Ross, Emma Wild-Wood, and Ray Burbank

Book launch

"The Missionary Movement from the West" by Andrew Walls with Brian Stanley (editor), Ingrid Walls, Kenneth Ross, Emma Wild-Wood, and Ray Burbank

Wednesday 29 November

Professor Esther Mombo (St. Paul’s University, Kenya)

Cunningham Lecture


Centre for the Study of World Christianity