Academic journal article International Review of Mission

Statement on Edinburgh 2010 Centenary Celebrations

Academic journal article International Review of Mission

Statement on Edinburgh 2010 Centenary Celebrations

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The General Council of Edinburgh 2010 met in Scotland from 15 to 17 April to further develop plans for the celebration of the centenary of the 1910 World Missionary Conference, which is widely recognized as the parent of the contemporary ecumenical and world missionary movement.

The Council has firmed up many of its plans in the shadow of the global economic crisis, but also in the days of rejoicing immediately around the celebration of Easter in our different traditions. The three key components to the 2010 celebrations have again been affirmed.

The first is the study process, which the Council recognizes as the central part of its strategy to allow the impact of the centenary to spread far beyond one place and time. The study process has been developed globally around nine key themes relating to the challenges of the Christian gospel to the realities faced by millions of believers in widely different contexts and cultures.

The second is a series of events around the world, which are being encouraged by the General Council but planned and executed locally, in which different church communities choose their own ways to mark the centenary. "This way of marking the 1910 Conference recognizes and affirms the development of the Church around the world in the last 100 years," says Andrew Anderson, the Council Chairman. …

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