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The International Conference on Christianity and the State: Complicity and Conflict, to be held in Singapore, January 10-12, 2007, will consider questions such as, In an increasingly globalized world, what does it mean to be Christian in contemporary Asia? and, What social and political position does Christianity occupy in regional perspective? The Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore is organizing the gathering. Details may be found at www. ari.nus.edu. sg/conf2007/christianity.htm.

A workshop on short-term missions to be hosted by the Ph.D. Program in Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, March 22-24, 2007, will feature Robert J. Wuthnow, director of the Center for the Study of Religion and chair of the Department of Sociology at Princeton University, as a key presenter. Robert J. Priest, organizer, invites Ph.D. students with research focused on short-term missions, as well as senior scholars, to participate. Participants will be invited to present papers at a wider conference on short-term missions in the summer of 2008 and to participate in a collaborative publication. Cosponsored by the North Central Region of the Evangelical Missiological Society, funding is available for twelve scholars, including three from outside the United States. Apply by November 30, 2006; for details, contact Priest at rpriest@tiu.edu.

The Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and Non-Western Christianity, meeting June 28-30, 2007, at Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut, will address the topic "Liberty, Slavery, and Christian Missions." The questions discussed will include, What were the impact and consequences of the involvement of New World Africans in the campaign for abolition on the course of the missionary movement? What role did freed slaves and freed captives play in the drive against domestic slavery and related institutions? How did slavery affect relationships between missionaries and governments? "Yet the theme of liberty and slavery also has relevance well beyond the slave trade that became illegal in 1807. Our theme also provides room for investigation of the intertwined themes of liberty and liberation that have given rise to missionary involvement across the world in issues of social justice, the defense of indigenous rights, the advancement of women, and so forth," according to a statement from conveners Lamin Sanneh and Andrew F. Walls. The seminar is cosponsored by the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World at the University of Edinburgh, Yale Divinity School, and the Overseas Ministries Study Center. For details, visit www.library.yale.edu/div/ yaleedin.htm.

A conference, "Christian Missions in 19th and 20th Century Southern Africa: Passing Review and Breaking New Ground," will be hosted July 8-11, 2007, by the History Department of Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. Forward inquiries to Alan Kirkaldy (a.kirkaldy@ru. ac.za); proposals for papers should be received by November 1, 2006. A wide range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches are welcome.

The International Association for Mission Studies (www.missionstudies.org) will hold its twelfth assembly in Budapest, Hungary, August 16-22,2008. The IAMS secretariat seeks brief proposals for papers, the abstracts of which are due by March 31,2007, on the assembly's topic, "Human Identity and the Gospel of Reconciliation: Agenda for Missionary Churches in the Twenty-first Century." Address correspondence to Jan van Butselaar at butselaar@antenna.nl.

In May 2006 the Missionary Training Service, the World Evangelical Alliance, members of the International Commission for Evangelical Theological Education, Trainers of Pastors International Coalition, and others launched the Evangelical Training Database, a multilingual online listing of training courses. Training organizations may post entries and church leaders may access the database at www. …