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Updated July 8, 2017

Read the July 2017 JACB

The latest issue of the Journal of African Christian Biography features articles on Prophetess Agnes Okoh of Nigeria, Anglican witnesses from Uganda--Missionary Apolo Kivebulaya, Deaconess Njangali Spetume, and Archibishop Janani Luwum--as well as an interview with Professor Lamin Sanneh. His recent book, Beyond Jihad: The Pacifist Tradition in West African Islam (OUP 2016), examines the peaceful impulse of Islam in the African tradition. Sanneh is on the DACB executive committee.

Protestantism has changed in 500 years!

From the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (Gordon-Conwell):

For several centuries the Protestant movement was based in Europe, and then North America. In 2017 there are 560 million Protestants found in nearly all the world’s 234 countries. Of these 560 million, only 16% are in Europe, but 41% are in Africa. We anticipate by 2050, 53% of all Protestants will live in Africa. Download the free infographic from the CSGC here.

Resources for Research: Newly Redesigned Website for Old & New in Shona at Boston University

The website is the fruit of about 6 years of work by graduate students from the Center for Global Christianity and Mission at BU who scanned roughly 1,200 of Dr. Inus Daneel’s photographs of life among the AICs and Traditionalists from the 1960s on. Here is a sample 4-minute audio slide narrated by Daneel:

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