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The Association of Polish Missiologists, Stowarzyszenie Misjologów Polskich (SMP), was formed in 2007 and now serves thirty-three missiologists from the major universities and seminaries of Poland, including members from Katowice, Warsaw, Krakow, Lublin, Poznan, Opole, and Olsztyn. With leadership from president Jan Górski (Katowice) and vice president Wojciech Kluj, O.M.I. (Warsaw), SMP promotes interdisciplinary collaboration in the study of missiology and is the local affinate of the International Association for Mission Studies and the International Association of Catholic Missiologists. Each year the association publishes Studia misjologiczne, an academic journal that focuses on mission history and theology, portions of which are now being pubUshed in EngUsh, Italian, and German. For additional information, go to www.misjologia.pl.

Urban mission is the theme of the American Society of Missiology-Eastern Fellowship of Professors of Mission annual meeting, November 6-7, 2009, at MaryknoU Mission Institute, Ossining, New York. Doug HaU and Bobby Bose, respectively president and global urban ministries education coordinator of the Emmanuel Gospel Center in Boston (www .egc.org), wiU be among the speakers. For conference information, visit www.asmef.org.

The Sociology of Religion Study Group (SOCREL, www .socrel.org.uk) of the British Sociological Association wiU hold a conference April 6-8, 2010, at the University of Edinburgh on the topic "The Changing Face of Christianity in the Twentyfirst Century." Brief proposals for papers and panels are being sohcited until October 31, 2009, particularly if these are focused on "contemporary Christian performance and beUef, world Christianities and migration or Diaspora Christianities, (or) Christianity in the public arena." The University of Edinburgh Institute of Geography and the New College School of Divinity are cosponsors. The conference organizers include Afe Adogame (a.adogame@ed.ac.uk), New CoUege lecturer in world Christianity.

The Andrew F. Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity, Liverpool Hope University, will hold its third annual world Christianity conference June 11-13, 2010, on the topic "Christian Unity in Mission and Service." Brief proposals for papers and panels are being soUcited until December 18. Center director Daniel Jeyaraj is professor of history of missions and an IBMR contributing editor. For more information, contact conference coordinator Ursula Leahy, leahyu@hope.ac.uk.

An international conference on the theme "Politics, Poverty, and Prayer: Global African Spiritualities and Social Transformation" will convene July 22-25, 2010, at the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology, Kenya. The conference will "provide a platform in which researchers on African and African-derived religions and spiritualities encounter practitioners of rehgious traditions and communities firsthand" and will provide "information on beliefs and practices of rehgious/ spiritual traditions and how they impact their communities and the larger society." For details, contact program organizers the Adogame (a.adogame@ed.ac.uk), Ishola Wüams (isholawilliams@yahoo.com), Grace Wamue (gwamue2000@ yahoo.com), and Mark Shaw (markshaw2020@gmau.com).

Indian missiologist Siga Arles has announced expansion of the scope of the Consortium for Indian Missiological Education and the Indian Institute of Missiology Research Centre through the launching of a postgraduate research study center - the Centre for Contemporary Christianity, Bangalore. The center will offer master of theology and doctor of philosophy degrees in missiology and in holistic child development, with accreditation from the Asia Theological Association and in cooperation with the Global Alliance for Advancing Holistic Child Development. Aries, editor of the Journal of Asian Evangelical Theology, is also developing a journal called Contemporary Christian. …