Jon P. Kirby

Rev. Jon P. Kirby
Address6896 Laurel Street
NW, WA 20012

Chair/Associate Professor, Washington Theological Union

M.A., DePaul University, 1972
M.Div., Catholic Theological Union, 1972
M.Phil., University of Cambridge, 1979
Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 1983

Fr. Kirby is an anthropologist and missionary of Society of the Divine Word who has recently returned from Ghana, West Africa where he has served for 36 years. For 25 of these years he has been the founder and director of Tamale Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies (TICCS), a tertiary level research and teaching facility in Ghana, which conducts research in the areas of culture, ministry and social development. TICCS offers various short and long-term courses in language learning, culture learning and “culturally appropriate action learning for missioners of all denominations, African ministers, development personnel and volunteers. It also offers an MA in cross-cultural ministry in conjunction with Akrofi-Christaller Institute. Diverse background includes a triple major BA (phil, soc, art), an MA in Theology from De Paul University, an MDiv from CTU, and MPhil, PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge, UK. Jon is a fluent speaker of four Ghanaian languages. Research interests include: African oral art, languages and cultures, African philosophy, traditional religion and problem-solving, popular expressions of Christianity and Islam, and the cross-cultural interface between African and Western systems in general.

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