Music and Mission Seminar at OMSC this week

Music has always been important to the life of the church.  This weeks’ seminar led by Dr. James Krabill examines case studies from the Bible, mission history, and faith communities in the Global South to draw lessons for the church today. Music recordings, video clips, and story-telling has been shared by participants from their own fascinating church life and ministries. Cosponsored by Mennonite Central Committee.

OMSC Writing Workshop: “To the Glory of God: Putting Your Story into Words”

This week OMSC residents and outside auditors have been inspired and empowered to write their own story. This wonderful journey is being led by Dr. Leslie Williams. Dr. Williams has taught writing for over twenty years to students at Midland College in Texas.  She is a former Fellow of Yale Divinity School, where she has researched and written her own books, most recently a biography of Reformer Thomas Cranmer, Henry VIII’s first Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury (Eerdmans), and a contemporary defense of Christianity, When Anything Goes: Being Christian in a Post-Christian World (Abingdon).

This week our workshop has focused on the importance of telling your own story, learning how to communicate your faith journey to others using the written word.  Writing an autobiographical story is not the same as writing a sermon, a treatise, or an analysis of your faith; it requires a different vocabulary, structure, and mind-set.  The workshop has focused on how each believer continues to spread the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, telling how He has moved in each particular life, as we seek to spread his kingdom to others through our faith.

Enjoy the below slideshow of this week’s seminar by clicking on the photo below.

Exploring the History of Mission at OMSC this week

This week OMSC residents and visiting auditors have been enjoying a wonderful seminar: A CONNECTED HISTORY OF MISSION: COMPLEX PEOPLE; CONJOINED PLACES; COMPOSITE PROJECTS by Mrinalini and Jayakiran Sebastian. Please click below photo to view more photos from today’s seminar.

Intercultural Theology Seminar with Dr. Volker Küster this week at OMSC

“Intercultural Theology regards visual arts, literature, film etc. as equivalent sources to theological texts.” says Dr. Volker Küster, Professor of Missiology and Comparative Religion
Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany.

This informative and thought provoking OMSC seminar gives an introduction to Intercultural Theology through its aesthetic dimension and explains basic terminology and theories of this thriving new field.  The seminar will give an introduction in how to interpret Christian art from Asia and Africa. It reconstructs historical developments and introduces contemporary local artists and their works. How does the Christian faith interact with the cultural-religious dimension of a particular context? We want to decipher the exchanges between at least two iconographic systems. Sometimes we will also come across an expressionism that calls for justice and liberation for the poor and oppressed and allows a glimpse of the socio-economic and political realities of the country. More on this seminar can be found here. Photos from day two of the seminar are below.

The Maryknoll Sisters of Saint Dominic Host the EFPM Meeting on “Cutting Edges”

Written by OMSC Senior Mission Scholar Dr. Atola Longkumer:

The OMSC residents and the Eastern Fellowship of Professors of Mission, led by Tom and Carol Hastings, was received with warm hospitality by the Maryknoll Sisters. During the welcome fellowship, our hearts were stirred with the sharing by the sisters of their service in places such as Cambodia, Peru, El Salvador and Myanmar. The Maryknoll Sisters’ intentional attentions to the most vulnerable in these contexts reminded us of the immense love of the good news. All the presentations and conversations around the theme “Cutting Edges” were inspiring, and they opened new windows to the richness of mission studies and world Christianity. The presentations of Mark Gornik and Michelle Sigg especially brought home the need to strive for innovative ways to participate in God’s mission, through radical community engagement and inquiry into the traditions of Christianity to re-discover the faithful commitment to the good and flourishing of all.

An added bonus to the beautiful weekend at the 101st anniversary of the EFPM was the fiesta of viewing the brilliant and vibrant colors of the autumn leaves, truly a reflection of God’s majesty.

The active stewardship of resources and the deep love of the Maryknoll Sisters illustrated the faithful service required of me in my commitment to the work of God’s good news.

Please click the below photos to enjoy a slideshow of photographs from the wonderful weekend of study and fellowship.

Powers, Principalities, and the Spirit: Biblical Realism in Africa and the West Seminar

Dr. Esther Acolatse leads a powerful and in-depth study this week on the Powers, Principalities, and the Spirit: Biblical Realism in Africa and the West. For more information on the seminar, click here. Click on the below photo to view a slideshow of day one of the seminar.

Meet OMSC's new residents via OMSC's Facebook Page in November

During the month of November, OMSC will be posting some photos, videos and stories from our current international residents and other friends and supporters of OMSC over the years on Facebook. We encourage you to view these inspirational stories and visit our Facebook page daily here. Please like our page and follow OMSC while you are there. Feel free to share our posts with your friends, family and co-workers as well. With the holiday season approaching, as well as Giving Tuesday, we at OMSC want to give our thanks to all of you for your continued support of the Overseas Ministries Study Center and our events and programs that serve and help many people locally, nationally and internationally. With your support we have been engaging in mission with the world christian movement since 1922. Thank you!

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Healing the Wounds of Trauma: Help for Ourselves and Others

October, 23, 2018

Today OMSC and our residents welcome Dr. Harriet Hill and Rev. Wesley Neal to the Andrew F. Walls Conference Room for an in-depth and impactful seminar on Healing the Wounds of Trauma: Help for Ourselves and Others. The seminar is from Tuesday, October 23rd to Friday, October 26th and is open to everyone. To register for this, and other insightful seminars, please click here.

Dr. Harriet Hill is Program Director for the Trauma Healing Institute at American Bible Society. She has been involved in trauma healing since 2001 and is one of the authors of Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help. Before joining ABS, she worked from 1978–2010 with SIL in Africa and then internationally in Bible Translation and Scripture Use. Harriet received her Ph.D. from Fuller School of Intercultural Studies in 2003 in the area of communication of Scripture. Her other books include Bible Translation at Cultural Crossroads (2006), Translating the Bible into Action (2008) and Bible Translation Basics (2011). At this point she is a world citizen, having lived cross-culturally for most of her adult life. She is married to Ralph and has three married children and four grandchildren. Cosponsored by Trinity Baptist Church

Rev. Wesley Neal is a pastor and church planter from Durham, North Carolina.  Ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1999, he has served as a pastor, community developer, and, until recently as a missionary serving in Fiji.  Rev. Neal is a Master Facilitator through the Trauma Healing institute and has experience facilitating healing groups and training sessions in two settings: in the aftermath of the devastation caused in Fiji by Cyclone Winston in 2016, and in an urban ministry setting in the United States among people in recovery from addictions.  Rev. Neal is married and he and his wife have two teenage children.

Please click the below photo to view a slideshow of our first day.

The OMSC Kent, CT Magical Bus Tour!

OMSC residents traveled north to Kent, CT on Saturday, October 20th to see the sights and enjoy some wonderful fellowship together. A BIG thank you to All-Star Transportation and Heather, our awesome bus driver, for taking OMSC residents on a magical bus tour to Kent, CT! Click below photos to view a gallery of the fun day. Enjoy!

2017 OMSC Senior Mission Scholar in Residence Scott William Sunquist, Ph.D. has been elected as the new Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary President.

South Hamilton, MA — Scott William Sunquist, Ph.D., the Senior Mission Scholar at OMSC for the fall semester 2017-2018 academic year and Dean of the School of Intercultural Studies and Professor of World Christianity at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, has been elected by the Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees to succeed Dr. Dennis P. Hollinger as the seventh President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The staff, Trustees, residents and friends of the Overseas Ministries Study Center extend our congratulations to Scott and his wife Nancy!

To read the full story please click here.

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U.S. Churches Today Tour

Thank you Rev. Geoffrey A. Little, from All Nations Christian Church, New Haven, CT, for providing a guided tour of the New Haven area and it’s many churches and rich history today. Tomorrow is day 2 of the educational and inspirational tour. Click here: to register for this and many other wonderful seminars that are open to everyone!

Michael Kelly Blanchard OMSC Benefit Concert an evening of wonderful music, stories and fellowship.

“You are welcome here!” ~ Michael Kelly Blanchard opening song on Sunday October 14th at the Covenant Presbyterian Church (The Barn) in Simsbury, CT. A Big thanks to Michael, Joe, Joseph, Stew, The Barn and the many people whom came to enjoy some great music and stories.

Michael’s opening song truly represents the Overseas Ministries Study Center’s open invitation to everyone! Not just the pastors, missionaries, artists, scholars and community leaders from around the world who come to OMSC each academic year, but also for you! Yes anyone is welcome and encouraged to visit us in New Haven, CT.

You are welcome to come visit OMSC! Join us on a Tuesday or Thursday morning worship service. Join us at a Join us at a special event. Join us at our April Art Gala. Call Rob Gerowe at (203) 285-1566 for a Tour of our campus and to meet our culturally diverse international residents. Whatever you choose... please join us, come visit us in New Haven CT across from Yale and know... you are welcome here!

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Christian Mission and Adivasi People in India Seminar October 9-11.

Come join us at OMSC this week to learn, be inspired and meet OMSC scholars, missionaries, artists and community leaders. This week’s seminar is led by Dr. Atola Longkumer, who is a professor of Religions and Missions at the South Asian Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS) Bangalore, India. 

Dr. Longkumer’s research interests are in Christian mission and writing native history; religious conversion; Christian mission and modernity; gender issues; inter-religious encounter/dialogue and Christian mission and indigenous/tribal peoples' identity.

She writes: 'I would like to contribute what I can to realize a better world - God's kingdom - where values such as justice, peace, respect and care between people exist in reality. The ways are demonstrated in the life and teaching of the historical person Jesus, hence to strive to be a true follower of Jesus not only in faith conviction but also in faithful expression in lived ways.' Cosponsored by TMS Global

To register for one or more days of this seminar, please click here.

OMSC Benefit Concert featuring Michael Kelly Blanchard in the News

Michael Kelly Blanchard and OMSC Development Officer, Rob Gerowe, where featured guests on NBC’s Mass Appeal on Oct 8th Monday morning. We hope you and your family and friends can join us at the OMSC benefit concert on Oct 14th at 3 pm in Simsbury CT. Click here: to watch the video of the interview and Michael singing one of his songs.

Reserve your seats here:

Dr. Darrell Whiteman Explores Culture, Values, and the Worldview: Anthropology for Mission Practice

This seminar, held Monday, September 24, 2018 through Friday, September 28, 2018, by Dr. Whiteman will look at the real problems of crossing cultural boundaries with the Gospel. To understand better the source of these problems and develop approaches to overcome them, the Seminar will focus on the concept of culture, the challenge of distinguishing the Gospel from North American values, and understanding how conversion must relate to people’s worldviews. Cosponsored by Franciscan Missionaries of Mary & TMS Global

To register to attend one or more days of this seminar, please click here.

Darrell Whiteman is a missiological anthropologist, passionate about helping people in diverse cultures connect the Gospel and biblical values to the deepest part of their worldview.  His training in “Crossing Cultural Barriers with the Gospel” has taken him to 78 countries and the training of thousands of missionaries and church workers.  After serving as a United Methodist missionary in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands (1979-1984) he was professor of anthropology and mission and later dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary for 21 years, and Vice President and Resident Missiologist at The Mission Society in Atlanta, Georgia for nine years.  He recently served as the interim executive director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, and adjunct professor at Yale Divinity School.   He presently serves as the director of Global Development, an international non-profit ministry.

He served on the board of trustee of the American Bible Society for 27 years, and the Overseas Ministries Study Center for nine.  He is the past president of the American Society of Missiology and the International Association for Mission Studies.  He has authored or edited five books, including World Mission in the Wesleyan Spirit.

He lives in Gig Harbor, Washington with his wife Laurie of 47 years.

Join Us For a Special Event with Dr. Bernard Adeney-Risakotta on Thursday, September 27th

Join Us For a Special Event on Thursday, September 27, 2018

On Thursday evening September 27 OMSC will be hosting a public book event featuring Dr. Bernard Adeney-Risakotta's new book, Living in a Sacred Cosmos: Indonesia and the Future of Islam (Yale Southeast Asia Studies Monograph #66). The event will be held in the Andrew F. Walls Conference Room on the OMSC campus, 490 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT, from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. This event is open to public and all are welcome. We hope to see you there!


Mark Gornik and Faculty Team - Formation in our Mission Journey Seminar

This week the new academic year at OMSC kicks off with our first seminar the “Formation in our Mission Journey Seminar” led by Mark Gornik and the Faculty Team from City Seminary of New York.

In mission as in life, we are on a journey of faith and learning. Reading the Gospel of John alongside Jean Vanier’s Drawn into the Mystery of Christ in the Gospel of John, this seminar will attend to our journey of formation in mission, its experiences, locations and practices. Cosponsored by Resonate Global Mission

Enjoy the photo gallery below by clicking on the first photo.

To see OMSC’s upcoming calendar of inspirational seminars that are open to everyone, and to register, click here:

OMSC welcomes new residents at reception Sept 4th.

OMSC welcomes new residents at reception Sept 4th. We may be located in New Haven, Connecticut, but our residents and alumni represent nearly 100 countries around the globe.

What an exciting time it is here at OMSC! New friends have arrived on campus ready to begin the study program seminars, and the community has once again come together in a unique mix of cultures and traditions. With individuals, couples, and families in residence (including 16 children) the campus is buzzing with activity. Countries represented on campus this year include:

Cambodia, China, Colombia, Hungary, India, Kenya, Myanmar, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Spain, and Thailand.

Click below photo to view slideshow of photos of our opening reception September 4th.

The Welcome Mat is Out as the Class of 2018-19 Arrives on Campus

With passports, visas and luggage in hand our new scholars, artists, and missionaries arrive this month to begin the 2018-19 study program seminars

Where in the world is OMSC? 

We may be located in New Haven, Connecticut, but our residents and alumni represent nearly 100 countries around the globe.

What an exciting time it is here at OMSC! New friends are arriving on campus ready to begin the study program seminars, and the community is once again coming together in a unique mix of cultures and traditions. With individuals, couples, and families in residence (including 16 children) the campus is buzzing with activity. Countries represented on campus this year will include:

Cambodia, China, Colombia, Hungary, India, Kenya, Myanmar, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Spain, and Thailand. 

How can you make an investment in the future of the church's participation in God's mission around the world? By becoming an OMSC Second Century Partner! For more information and to donate, click here. 


Join us at the Michael Kelly Blanchard OMSC benefit concert Oct. 14th

The inspirational storyteller/songwriter Michael Kelly Blanchard will be performing at a benefit concert for OMSC at 3 pm on October 14, 2018 at the Covenant Presbyterian Church - The Barn - in Simsbury, CT. Michael has recorded with Noel "Paul" Stookey of "Peter, Paul & Mary," and Noel has recorded several of Michael's signature songs, including "Be Ye Glad." It is a free concert open to everyone! A freewill offering to benefit OMSC will be taken. If you, your friends, family, or church group would like to attend... please RSVP me at to reserve your spot. Or RSVP online to reserve your free tickets/seats: 
Limited seating, so reserve your spot early! 
Sample of music:

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