Then join us for an inspiring time of music and worship, led by the Trinity Chick Band. Spend some time singing to God and let yourself relax in His love.
And then we’ll have the opportunity to hear an exciting and inspiring message from Gina Zurlo. Gina is Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, MA). She received her Ph.D. from Boston University School of Theology in 2017. Her research focuses on the intersection between the demography of religion, world Christianity, and the sociology of religion. She is the co-author of the new World Christian Encyclopedia, 3rd edition and co-editor of the World Christian Database (Brill). She is currently running a new research project on women in World Christianity, which investigates gender roles in churches around the world. As a Visiting Research Fellow at Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs, she is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Religion and Demography and works on the World Religion Database (Brill). Though always a New Yorker at heart, she currently lives in Hamilton, MA with her husband (a hospice chaplain) and two daughters, ages 10 and 3. Dr. Zurlo begins almost every day (5am or earlier!) with some kind of fitness activity, ranging from running to weightlifting to barre and more!
At this event, Gina will be sharing about Christianity as a Global Sisterhood: Women Arising in Worship and Service –
Did you know that over the last 50 years, Christianity around the world has been completely transformed? There are 2.5 billion Christians worldwide and most of them live in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Spanish is the language spoken by most Christians around the world; Asian Christians live in a tremendous amount of religious diversity with Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists as their neighbors and friends; and Christians everywhere face monumental challenges related to human need. But, one thing that hasn’t changed about Christianity is the centrality of women. While many women around the world are disadvantaged in terms of education, political participation, and opportunities in the workplace, they are a force to be reckoned with in the church. Christian women around the world are leading movements for peace while raising families amidst hardship. They find creative ways to live out their vocations in church contexts that discourage women in formal leadership. Let’s explore together what it means to be a part of a global, diverse, Spirit-empowered Christianity where women have tremendous influence and remarkable resiliency.