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. 85, No. 337, April

Communication and Interpretation across Cultures: Problems and Prospects
PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS Introduction I understand my task in this presentation as one of trying to bring together where research has brought us in understanding intercultural communication and interpretation. By intercultural communication is understood...
Cross-Cultural Interpretation: Some Paradigms from the Early Church
The contemporary debate on gospel and culture has historical antecedents in the life of the church. In every place where a Christian community arose there occurred an inevitable conflict or interaction between the vision of the kingdom as transmitted...
Inculturation: Some Theological Perspectives
Inculturation is a relatively new term for something with long roots in Christian history - even though that "something" is lived with a different urgency and with more complex awareness in our day. St Paul, for instance, underwent a significant conversion...
Mission and Proselytism: An Orthodox Understanding
I have been requested to provide an Orthodox understanding to the burning issue of proselytism within the ecumenical movement, and its relation to the Christian imperative of mission. All these, in view of today's outburst of missionary and/or proselytizing...
... No More Guests and Aliens?!: Immigrant Congregations and the Protestant Church of Hesse-Nassau
Whit Monday on Frankfurt's "Romerberg," the square in front of the city hall: people of many different cultures and denominations celebrate the worship service together. Afterwards they gather in the cloister of the Dominican monastery. There are specialities...
One Gospel - Diverse Expressions
The affirmation of the unity in faith has been considered from the very beginning an essential element that kept together in full koinonia the members of the sacramental Body of Christ everywhere. The insistence on the "one" is found both in the New...
On Intercultural Hermeneutics
[The following is a statement prepared by a group of theologians on intercultural hermeneutics and communication. The group met three times as part of the World Council of Churches study process on gospel and cultures. While it is not the definitive...
"Perceiving Frontiers, Crossing Boundaries": Report of the Partnership in Mission Consultation of the Council for World Mission
Please note that the following is excerpted from the report. Those interested in the full report are asked to address their request directly to the Council for World Mission, Livingstone House, 11 Carteret Street, London SWIH 9DL, United Kingdom. Readers...
Some Issues concerning Relationships in Mission
[The Unit II Commission undertook a major study on the nature of the international relationships in mission, ending with a consultation in Bangalore, India, in May 1996. Reverend John Brown coordinated the study for the commission, the report of which...
The Church's Struggle with Diversity
Christopher Duraisingh, then Director of the World Council of Churches Commission on Mission and Evangelism, addressing the Annual Meeting of the United Church Board for World Ministries in November 1990, commented that many local congregations are organized...
The Cost of Reconciliation
Earlier this year the "confessions" of General Martin Balza and a number of military chiefs shocked the Argentine people and a great part of Latin America. They confessed to their participation in the death squads during the military dictatorship in...
The Salvador World Mission Conference - Two Sectional Themes
The last three issues of the International Review of Mission have been devoted to the exploration of the theme of the forthcoming Conference on World Mission and Evangelism in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil from 23 November to 4 December 1996. The themes for...
Towards Common Witness: A Call to Adopt Responsible Relationships in Mission and to Avoid Proselytism
This call is being renewed in preparation for the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism in Salvador, Brazil (November 24-December 3, 1996). The title is significant as our present experience teaches us we need to continue our efforts to move towards...
Worship and Culture: An International Lutheran Study
How can worship - liturgy, preaching, hymns and other music, and the spatial environment for worship - be both Christian and local in the diversity of the world's cultures? How can the gospel take root in local cultures so that the people in those places...