Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

2010boston: The Changing Contours of World Mission and Christianity

Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

2010boston: The Changing Contours of World Mission and Christianity

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2010Boston: The Changing Contours of World Mission and Christianity. Edited by Todd M. Johnson, Rodney L. Petersen, Gina A. Bellofatto, and Travis L. Myers. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications (Wipf & Stock), 2012. Pp. 357. $42.00, paper.

Conference organizers frequently spread their gathering's impact and enhance the presenters' efforts by publishing the conference proceedings in a book. The resulting volume's editors often attempt to strengthen the contents' relevance by omitting references to the conference's particular setting and adjusting the chapters' phraseology into more normative and universal terms. Remarkably, this volume manages to be explicitly anchored in a particular gathering, while conveying a wide relevance to Christian world mission. Readers gain a concrete familiarity with the November "2010Boston" convocation as well as encountering fresh writings about the history, current circumstances, and prospects of world mission and Christianity.

Many readers will be aware that four oft-cited conferences were held in 2010 as centenaries of the Edinburgh 1910 World Missionary Conference. 2010Boston was the last of the four, befitting its historical bent and reflective character. Unlike Tokyo 2010 in May, Edinburgh 2010 in June, and Cape Town 2010 in October, 2010Boston did not adopt a mission statement or agenda. Even so, emphases of the Boston Theological Institute's member institutions are evident in this volume, including running mention of the 2007 Antioch Agenda, edited by faculty of BTI member schools (and published in honor of Orlando Costas by the Indian Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge). As Rodney Peterson's closing chapter summarizes, presentations-tumed-chapters were prepared with eight themes in mind, adapted to contemporary world mission and Christianity from the eight themes used at Edinburgh 1910. …

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