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African Diaspora in Missional Perspective

Dr. Moses O. Biney
New York Theological Seminary


Seminar Description

A crucial development in global Christianity is the growing presence of African-originated congregations and ministries in the Western world. Since the 1970s, Ghanaian immigrants, as part of this trend, have brought to the West their own brands of Christianity (which they practice and seek to propagate), and have formed numerous congregations and ministries in cities and towns in Europe and North America.

Focusing on Ghanaian Presbyterian congregations in the United States and Canada, this seminar presents insights regarding the formations, mission, ministries and impact of Ghanaian Christianity in North America. It explores especially the prospects and problems facing these congregations as they attempt to put down roots in their “host” countries.     

Seminar Schedule

Tue., Oct. 3
9 a.m.–12 p.m. Session 1: The Dancing Presbyterians: Ghanaian Presbyterians in North America.
2–4 p.m. Session 2: Mission: Agenda and Strategies.
Wed., Oct. 4 
9 a.m.–12 p.m.  Session 3: Theology: Sources, essential features and theological imagination.
2–4 p.m. Session 4: Social Impact: Reconfiguring North American Religious and Social Landscape.
Thu., Oct. 5
9 a.m.–12 p.m. Session 5: Challenges: Ecclesiastical, Social and Political Dynamics
2–4 p.m. Session 6: Opportunities: Possibilities and Probabilities


Resource Person

Dr. Biney is assistant professor of religion and society and research director for the Center for the Study and Practice of Urban Religion, New York Theological Seminary. A Princeton Theological Seminary graduate, where he earned a PhD in Social Ethics, he was an adjunct professor at Lafayette College, Easton, PA, and the University of Ghana. Dr. Biney is an ordained Presbyterian minister and has served in various ministerial positions including as director of overseas mission for the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in the United States. He is the author of From Africa to America: Religion and Adaptation among Ghanaian Immigrants in New York (New York Univ. Press, 2011).

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