The second pre-conference panel will showcase the global links and transnational connections of religions in the U.S.
Stephen Offutt, Asbury Theological Seminary, will talk about the movement of the center of gravity of Christianity to the global South, as well as the connection between U.S. Christians and Christianity in the global South.
Jacob Olupona, Harvard University, will trace the connections between African immigrant religion in the U.S. and Africa, and the ‘reverse missionary’ phenomenon (Christian missionaries from the global South, in this case Africa, coming to the U.S. to spread Christianity).
Bandana Purkayastha, University of Connecticut, will focus on transnational Hinduism and the links between India and the U.S. and Nazli Kibria, Boston University, will examine connections between South Asian Islam and South Asian Muslims in the U.S. Both will also discuss what these religious links mean for communities in South Asia and in the U.S.