My dissertation focuses on two 20th century Chinese Christian ministers, Watchman Nee and Witness Lee. Their theology and church leadership have attracted relatively little scholarly attention and are poorly understood, even though they founded a worldwide movement with significant implications for the development of World Christianity. I’m hoping to finish at least three or four chapters of my dissertation as a Martin Marty Center Junior Fellow. These chapters would provide the historical and theological background to Nee and Lee’s thought and chronicle at least the early years of their movement.
The Martin Marty Center brings together many of the things I love best about the University of Chicago and the Divinity School: collegiality, conversation across disciplines, a balance of teaching and research, responsibility to a broader public, and brilliant minds bringing unexpected illumination. I can hardly wait!