International Review of Mission

This publication focuses on ecumenical missiology, while providing articles and academic papers on mission events, book reviews and detailed bibliography of current literature.

Articles from Vol. 89, No. 354, July

A Brief Survey of French-Speaking Churches in Britain [*]
Introduction It seems necessary to begin by defining what is meant by "la francophonie" (French-speaking community worldwide). From the outset, this has been a political concept, so that its connotations are national rather than individual. Politically...
Addressing the Challenge of Contributing to Peace and Development in Africa
My presentation is an appeal to all participants at this conference, especially those of African descent, to change their indifferent and helpless mental position concerning the degrading trends in the economic and socio-political development in African...
African-Caribbean Youth Identity in the United Kingdom:
A CALL FOR A PAN-AFRICAN THEOLOGY Jambo (greetings), ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters from the African continent and its "diasporan" communities and to fellow Africanists, i.e. those with a deep interest in the people and affairs of the...
African Christian Council, Hamburg, Germany
The African Christian Council in Hamburg has a membership of twenty-two churches. Most of these churches worship in the buildings of German congregations. The Council seeks to promote cordial relations with German churches and also to work with other...
African Christians United in a Unified Europe!
Introduction The advent of Africans in Europe is not a new or recent phenomenon. Already in the era of the Roman Empire Africans had been visitors and residents in European cities and villages. The social and cultural intercourse between the peoples...
African Churches in Switzerland -- the Necessity to Be and Act Together
Conference of the African Churches in Switzerland Africa and Europe, and in fact all the continents, are experiencing the growth of a very remarkable and important African Christianity. For many years, observers of religious phenomena in general,...
African Churches in the Rhein-Ruhr Region of Germany
Roman Catholic and evangelical (Protestant) churches are the traditional and officially recognized churches in Germany. Other churches are classified generally as sects. One attempt to remove this prejudice and bias concerning African churches is being...
A Missionary Challenge: African-Rite Christian Churches [*]
To understand the Christian churches of African origin one has to be familiar with the reality from which they spring. This area of church life is so fluctuating that it defies an ethnological approach. The latter is reductive, and tends to look for...
Coordinating Links between Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (Ctbi) and Black-Majority Churches
National councils of churches in Britain have been for many years concerned to foster and develop closer relationships between black-majority and white-majority churches. The first such attempt was the founding in 1977 of the Joint Working Party Between...
Council of African Churches in Germany (Cacg)
SECTION: WIDER RUHRGEBIET AREA CONFESSIONAL BASIS OF THE CACG AND MEMBERSHIP The common faith denominator of the member churches consists in the confession of Jesus Christ as Lord. All churches with an African membership present in Germany,...
Editorial
South has come North. Mass immigration from the Caribbean to Britain began in 1952, followed by immigration from Africa in the 1960s. Ever since, there has also been a steadily growing influx of people from sub-Saharan Africa to the European continent,...
Empowerment of Women through the Centre for Constructive Theology [*]
Women in the South African context South Africa has a history of disempowering the majority of its people on the basis of race, class and gender. This year (i.e., 1999, Ed.) South Africa celebrates five years of democratically elected government...
Evangelism: A Command Not an Option (Matt. 28:19)
In Paul's letter to the Ephesians 4:11-16 we read about "five-fold" ministries: His gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up...
From Reverse Mission to Common Mission.We Hope
IMMIGRANT PROTESTANT CHURCHES AND THE "PROGRAMME FOR COOPERATION BETWEEN GERMAN AND IMMIGRANT CONGREGATIONS" OF THE UNITED EVANGELICAL MISSION In 1996, the United Evangelical Mission (UEM), formerly the joint mission board of six German mainline...
Intercultural Hermeneutics -- Contextual Exegesis
A MODEL FOR 21ST CENTURY EXEGESIS [*] 1. On the situation of Christianity from an ecumenical perspective The ecumenical movement began over a hundred years ago with the enthusiastic vision of "evangelizing the whole world within a generation"....
Introduction
It is a pleasure and an honour for me to introduce the guest editor for this special issue of IRM dedicated to African Christian Communities in Europe: Dr Roswith Gerloff is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD). Her work...
Missio Africana!
THE ROLE OF AN AFRICAN INSTITUTED CHURCH IN THE MISSION DEBATE [1] Remissionization or "mission reversed" This paper is a contribution to the Quest for Open Space for the African Christians in the Diaspora. It is submitted from the perspective...
Models of Mission and Ministry: The Council of African and Caribbean Churches (Uk)
"MANY AS WE ARE, TOGETHER WE MAKE UP ONE BODY" The first African church in Britain, the Church of the Lord Aladura, began in 1966. By 1980, many more of these churches existed, mainly in London but also in Manchester and Birmingham. These churches,...
Partnership of African Christian Communities in Europe
MILLENNIAL CONFERENCE: "OPEN SPACE: THE AFRICAN CHRISTIAN DIASPORA IN EUROPE AND THE QUEST FOR HUMAN COMMUNITY" From 16 to 20 September 1999, Westminster College, Cambridge, hosted the millennial conference on Open Space: The African Christian Diaspora...
Raising the Profile of Black Women Leaders in Community
REPORT OF AN ACTION-ORIENTED WORKSHOP LED BY ROSEMARIE-RITA CHUKURAH-ODIACHI* In her seminar presentation, RoseMarie-Rita Chukurah-Odiachi focused on the immediate and practical strategies that should be adopted to bring about an increase in the...
Raising the Profile of Black Women Leaders in the Community
Women in church leadership are faced with many more challenges in comparison to our male counterparts. Apart from being childbearers and mothers, we are breadwinners and managers of our homes and families. We are also directors, pastors and spiritual...
Religion: A Cosmic, Multdimensional and Life-Enhancing Force
Opening remarks An important aspect of this conference on Open-Space: The African Christian Diaspora in Europe and the quest for human community is that of looking for strategies to cushion the impact of African migration into Europe and indeed...
Shocking Encounter Bringing Hope
AN EXPERIENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CHURCH OF PRETORIA When non-South Africans look at South Africa and its capital, Pretoria, they have tremendous admiration. Pretoria is the Western capital in Africa. The culture and structure are the same as in...
The African Christian Diaspora in Belgium with Special Reference to the International Church of Brussels
Introduction Among immigrants in Europe, there are not only Muslims, Buddhists and the converts to Afro-Asian or Afro-American religions, but also numerous Christians with roots in the work of the Western missions and the Independent Churches of...
The African Indigenous Churches and the Quest for an Appropriate Theology for the New Millennium
What is theology? We must begin by agreeing that theology is discourse about God, a reflection on the nature and being of God. Theology is a human effort to put into words what is otherwise unspeakable. This means that there can be no finite word,...
The Gospel and African Religion
A space for belonging in African Pentecostalism The expansion of the Pentecostal message in Africa in the 20th Century can be attributed, at least partially, to cultural factors. Walter Hollenweger sees the "oral structures" of Pentecostalism, like...
The Politics of Preaching to Exiles
Metaphors of exilic struggle in the black diaspora In 1969 a reggae song reached number one in the British pop charts. This song was written by the artist Desmond Decca, a Jamaican who came to Britain to start a new life, just as the earlier post-war...
The Quest for Space in the Global Spiritual Marketplace
AFRICAN RELIGIONS IN EUROPE The globalization concept Globalization is a concept that is gaining increasing prominence in academic discourses such as communication, economics, sociology, political science, cultural studies, advertising, environmental...
The Significance of the African Christian Diaspora in Europe [*]
A REPORT ON FOUR EVENTS IN 1997/98 The Leeds Consultation In September 1997, a Consultation took place on The Significance of the African Religious Diaspora in Europe under the auspices of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the...
The Vulnerability of East African Asylum Seekers in Britain
I would not want to suggest that a large number of people from East Africa are in need of political asylum in Britain but that the few who are may be very vulnerable, as indeed, are many others. A British Home Office letter refusing asylum to a...
Ugandan Christian Communities in Britain
Introduction Since independence in 1962, Uganda has had a good record of welcoming and, to some extent, integrating large numbers of refugees from neighbouring countries, particularly from Sudan and Rwanda. Ugandan churches have played an important...
Unity in Diversity
BE GOOD AND BE A VESSEL OF HONOUR TO GOD Brothers and sisters in Christ, Let us walk in unity. This is the will and prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ for each one of us so that the world may believe in him. In the epistle of Paul the apostle to...
Visions for Christianity in the 21st Century [1]
LOCALLY (HOME) GLOBALLY (OIKOUMENE) I. I begin with three little stories of how "church" can happen in our times. All three are chosen deliberately from our own cultural milieu and the structures familiar to us in the established churches. They...
West Yorkshire African Caribbean Council of Churches, England
In northern England, the West Yorkshire African Caribbean Council of Churches (WYACC) was formed almost six years ago. It grew out of a common desire within the black-majority church community for greater koinonia of fellowship, and a wish to combine...
Where Do We Go from Here?
BLACK CHRISTIAN POLITICS AFTER STEPHEN LAWRENCE Stephen always wanted to be an architect...I would like Stephen Lawrence to be remembered as a young man who had a future. He was well loved and had he been given a chance to survive, maybe he would...