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. 95, No. 378-379, July-October

Actions and Words
A note from Jean-Marie Aubert. On behalf of the Francophone Ecumenical Missiology Association I am pleased to be able to present the proceedings of the third European missiology conference, held in Paris from 24 to 28 August 2006 with the theme:...
Bibliography on Mission Studies
The editors would be grateful if additional items for the bibliography, or suggestions to increase its usefulness, could be sent to them at the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World, University of Edinburgh, EH1 2LX, Scotland....
Ecclesiological Appropriation of the Enlightenment in the Netherlands
Preliminary remarks * The title of this contribution might lead one to think that the churches, understood both institutionally and as the sum of Christian believers, only react to societal movements, or observe them from afar. In fact, churches...
For a Missiology of Western Culture
I intentionally take as my title: "For a Missiology of Western culture". A phrase the late theologian David Bosch used in a workshop he held here in Paris in 1992 (1). This phrase has helped me to formulate six initial remarks about the marginal situation...
Introduction to the Programme of the Conference
In what follows I shall give a brief explanation of how the programme of the conference was put together and therefore how we are structuring this publication. Following the presentation given by Jean-Marie Aubert, president of AFOM--the Ecumenical...
Is Europe an Exceptional Case? *
A number of factors must be taken into account if we are to understand the place of religion in twenty-first-century Europe. (1) These include the legacies of the past, more particularly the role of the historic churches in shaping European culture;...
Message
The Reverend Jean Arnold de Clermont is President of the French Protestant Federation and President of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) Dear Friends, It is my very great pleasure to bring you greetings on behalf of the French churches...
Ministries in Post-Enlightenment Europe
It is debatable how strong secularization is in Europe, and how important its consequences are for the European churches. Peter L. Berger has introduced the idea of Europe being the exception to the rule that modernization means more secularization....
Missionary Theology in the Theological University Education of the Romanian Orthodox Church
Missionary theology in the faculties of Orthodox theology in Romania has a long history that goes back to the third decade of the 20th century. The university missiological courses of that time were connected to the courses in the European faculties,...
Mission Following the Missionary Mandate of the Risen Christ
The concept of "mission" has undergone a familiar change in recent decades. Professor M. Deneken has analysed the phenomenon in a recent study in which he shows the way in which the term is used by priests on World Mission Sunday: "From a preaching...
Mission-Shaped Liturgy
The title given to this presentation, Mission-shaped liturgy, is further elaborated by the questions attached to it: 'What liturgy, what languages, and what music?' 'What new forms of ritual/symbols/expression can touch our contemporaries, especially...
'Mission-Shaped Presence' in Europe
Abstract In describing 'mission-shaped presence' and contrasting it with ecclesial forms of Christian presence, I suggest that mission-shaped presence is essential to the theological renewal of current ecclesiopraxis. My treatment falls into three...
Participants' List
Association Francophone (Ecumenique de Missiologie (AFOM) Jean-Marie AUBERT FRANCE Edith BERNARD FRANCE David BJORK FRANCE Maurice CHEZA BELGIUM Didier CROUZET FRANCE Genevieve EGUILLON FRANCE Jean-Francois...
Pentecostalism, the Enlightenment and Christian Mission in Europe
Introduction Pentecostalism is the exception to the decline in church attendance in some parts of so-called 'secular' Europe, the exception to the exception. Europe has a very different and less developed Pentecostalism than in the rest of the world....
Questions Which New Spiritualities Pose to Evangelization in Europe (1)
The positions I develop in this paper stem not only from teaching missiology at the Roman Catholic Theology Faculty in Toulouse, but also from my personal research and many experiences of contact with people on the margins or threshold of Christianity,...
Radical Subjectivity
The contemporary situation of belief in Europe is epistemologically shaped not only by theoretical but also by socio-cultural, political and economic changes. As a scholar of systematic theology, I am not competent to analyse all of these developments...
Reception and Crisis of the Enlightenment from the 1970s to the Present Day: An Orthodox Point of View
In responding to the main papers of this conference, I will try to concentrate on my East and Southeast European Orthodox context, and limit my remarks to the following four points: a. Introductory remarks The period from the 1970s to the present...
Reflections from an African Theologian
I would like to thank Jean-Marie Aubert and the organizers of this third European ecumenical missiology conference for having invited me to participate as a <<witness>> from the South, to say in the light of my own experience what I have...
Report of Listening Group
Representatives of the various missiological organizations involved in the preparation and leading of the conference made up the listening group. Jutta Sperber (DGMW) moderated the group, and John Roxborogh (BIAMS) was the recorder. Other members...
The Consequences of the Enlightenment-A Point of View from the Churches of African Expression in France
Introduction The period of the Enlightenment coincides with the collapse of black Africa: kingdoms and empires caved in as a result of the slave trade. Enlightenment personalities such as Montesquieu, Rousseau and Voltaire were unanimous in condemning...
The Consequences of the Enlightenment, from the Perspective of the Orthodox Communities in France
When I was asked to make a presentation--a "counterpoint"--on the subject, "The consequences of the Enlightenment, from the perspective of the Orthodox communities in France", I hesitated for a moment: what consequences should I speak about? There...
The Edinburgh 1910 Centenary: Planning and Doing
Introduction: imagining the centenary At the close of the Edinburgh 1910 World Missionary Conference, its chairman John R. Mott pronounced that, "The end of the planning is the beginning of the doing." (1) Almost one hundred years later the memory...
The Enlightenment, the Foundation of Modern Europe
Although I am a philosopher and a theologian, and not an historian, I agreed to give this opening presentation for the simple reason that theology is not done in the heavens. Theology is done within the social and historical context of religious traditions....
Theological Reflections on the Missionary Activity of the Russian Orthodox Church
Mission is not the primary endeavour of the Orthodox Christian Church. Indeed, it has hardly been a primary task at all in her history. Of course, there were Orthodox missions in the past but they may seem secondary in the various ecclesiastical activities...
The Potential of Pneumatology for Mission in Contemporary Europe
In this brief paper, I will give several reasons why I think the further development of pneumatology has potential to help mission and evangelism in contemporary Europe. Pneumatology, or the theology of the Spirit, is a discipline of theology highly...
The Soul of Europe: An Altar to the Unknown God
Europe is the scene of wide-ranging changes. The pace of the political, economic, legal and administrative integration of the old and new member countries of the European Union has hotted up. As the birth rate falls in many European countries, the...
Three Missiological Perspectives: What Testimony?
In this brief presentation, I would like to present three perspectives of mission that seem to me to be both necessary and complementary. (1) I. The Trinitarian perspective Mission is basically the work of God, not humans. Trinitarian faith is...
What Kind of Mission?
After having analysed the importance of the Enlightenment and its consequences on societies and churches in Europe, we return with Francisco Perez Herrero's presentation, to the issue of the missionary mandate of Christ to his undivided church : "therefore...
What Mission? Mission in Europe and Universal Mission: Reciprocity, Partnership
A Christianity which has lost its vertical dimension has lost its salt and is not only insipid in itself, but useless for the world. But a Christianity which would use the vertical preoccupation as a means to escape from its responsibility for and...