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World Christianity, Immigration, and the U.S.: The Non-Western Church Comes to America
The energetic center of world Christianity has shifted to the non-Western world. Much of its impact on the United States is being mediated through immigrants. The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress convened four religion scholars for a conversation on the interconnectivity of the current state of world Christianity, immigration to the U.S. from the Global South, and the impact on American religion, particularly Christianity. How are the diverse practices of immigrants changing the landscape of American religion, culture and society? The focus raises a dimension of the discussion on immigration that so far is barely noticed in the Washington, D.C. context. Hosted by The John W. Kluge Center; moderated by Laurie Goodstein, National Religion Correspondent for The New York Times. Read news release

Date/Time: February 26, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
     Free and open to the public
Location: The John W. Kluge Center, Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building. 
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Laurie GoodsteinModerator

Laurie Goodstein
National Religion Correspondent, The New York Times


Wesley Granberg-MichaelsonWesley Granberg-Michaelson
Distinguished Visiting Scholar at The John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress in 2012, and former General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America. While at the Kluge Center he researched and wrote his latest book, "From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church."

Jeju J. HancilesJehu J. Hanciles
Scholar, author of "Euthanasia of a Mission: African Church Autonomy in a Colonial Context" (2002) and "Beyond Christendom: Globalization, African Migration and the Transformation of the West" (2008). Written and published mainly on issues related to the history of Christianity (notably the African experience) and globalization. His current research aims to survey the history of global Christian expansion through the lens of migration.

Scott W. SunquistScott W. Sunquist
Dean and Professor of World Christianity in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. Author in the areas of Asian Christianity, global Christianity, and missiology, editor of "A Dictionary of Asian Christianity" (2001) and co-author of "A History of the World Christian Movement," Volume I (2001) and Volume II (2012). 

Virginia Garrard-BurnettVirginia Garrard-Burnett
Professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of Texas-Austin, specializing in the religious history of Latin America with a focus on Protestantism and new religious movements.  Author of several books, she is most recently co-editing the "Cambridge History of Religion in Latin America."

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8:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Welcome: Dr. Carolyn T. Brown, Director, The John W. Kluge Center and Office of Scholarly Programs, Library of Congress

9:10 a.m.

Keynote: Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, 2012 Distinguished Visiting Scholar at The John W. Kluge Center

9:40 a.m.

Responses: Jehu J. Hanciles, Scott W. Sunquist, Virginia Garrard-Burnett              

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Discussion, all panelists. Moderated by Laurie Goodstein.


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