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Edinburgh 2010 mission conference themes

18 December 2008

The International Missionary Conference held at Edinburgh in 1910 shapped Protestant mission thinking for the rest of the 20th century, and one of the spin-offs was the formation of the World Council of Churches.

Now a similar gathering is being planned for the centenary, and the following themes have been proposed:

Following are the suggested titles for each thematic study, an outline of the subject matter and key questions to be addressed. The suggestions provided should be regarded as provisional – a starting point from which each Mission Theme will develop its particular approach. On each of the Mission Themes the aim would be to gather, evaluate and share models and stories of good practice.

The Nine Mission Themes

1. Foundations for mission
2. Christian mission among other Faiths
3. Mission and postmodernities
4. Mission and power
5. Forms of missionary engagement
6. Theological education and formation
7. Christian communities in contemporary contexts
8. Mission and unity – ecclesiology and mission
9. Mission spirituality and authentic discipleship

You can read more about it here.Hat-tip to Nouslife.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 18 December 2008 12:38 pm

    Interesting that they have neo-colonialism on the agenda, and they’re all Scots! (the Scottish Co-ordinating Team, or SCoT for short, is at http://www.edinburgh2010.org/en/home/people/scot.html). Perhaps they’re trying to save on travel expenses. I wonder how this relates to Lausanne 2010?

  2. 19 December 2008 10:58 am

    Perhaps they’re thinking of Saxon colonialism!

  3. 25 December 2008 6:46 am

    2010 is a huge year for mission conferences. All in all there are four major ones. The Edinborough 2010 is one of them. Boston is holding a celebratory meeting of the SVM. This one is geared towards college students and I know Todd Johnston is helping out. There is another one that I can’t remember details on (I think South Africa). Another century celebration of the Lausanne sponsored Edinborough meeting is in Toyko. This one is going to be the largest meeting of non-Western mission agencies assembled. It is being sponsored by Western agencies but is global in its focus. Again, a big year for conferences.

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