This collection includes all volumes published by Regnum Books International (Oxford Centre for Mission Studies) in its Edinburgh Centenary series. The Centenary of the World Missionary Conference, of 1910, held in Edinburgh, is a suggestive moment for many people seeking direction for Christian mission in the 21st century. Several different constituencies within world Christianity are holding significant events around 2010. Since 2005 an international group has worked collaboratively to develop an intercontinental and multi-denominational project, now known as Edinburgh 2010, and based at New College, University of Edinburgh. This initiative brings together representatives of twenty different global Christian bodies, representing all major Christian denominations and confessions and many different strands of mission and church life, to prepare for the Centenary.

Recent Submissions

  • Information Technology for Mission in the 21st Century

    Brown, Stephen (Regnum, 2015)
    This chapter explores the contribution of information and communication technologies and specifically the Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism to mission perspectives in the 21st century against the background of the new World Council of Churches mission statement, Together Towards Life.
  • Theological Education in World Christianity

    Ecumenical Theological Education; WOCATI (Ecumenical Theological Education/ WCC/WOCATI, 2009)
    This publication is about a new „World Report on Theological Education in the 21st century“ which is intended for circulation and discussion in regional associations of theological schools, in ecumenical theological teachers conferences, in boards of theological colleges and in church leadership circles interested in the future of theological education. The world study report was developed as part of the Edinburgh 2010 study process which brought together an international study group on theological education (group 6 of the 2010 mission study themes). It included representatives from institutions of theological education from major churches represented in the Edinburgh 2001 process (Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Reformed, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal). The group worked between November 2008 and August 2009 to produce this extended version of a world study on theological education. ETE office is publishing this report in cooperation with the World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions (WOCATI) which is one of WCC’s important partners working on issues of theological education on global scale.
  • Witnessing to Christ Today: Mission and Unity in the Long View from 1910 to the 21st Century

    Robert, Dana (2010-06)
    Participants in the World Missionary Conference a century ago evangelized the world in their own generation. We who are alive in 2010 bear witness to our own generation. It is our turn to point to the biblical vision of believers called from all nations, in praise of the living God, who speaks to us through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Looking backward reminds us that continuity with the Edinburgh conference a century ago does not lie narrowly in the particular accomplishments or structures to which it gave birth. To take the “long view” requires that we acknowledge that both Edinburgh 1910 and Edinburgh 2010 derive their shared meaning from the certainty that the past and the future belong to God. The history of world mission is located along the road from Jesus’ resurrection to the glorious day when pain and suffering are gone, and the new heaven and earth appear. Because we live within this larger narrative, witnesses to Christ are first and foremost ambassadors of hope: Today we witness to the Good News of what God has done, what God is doing, and what God will do through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
  • Make us a family - speech delivered at the Edinburgh 2010 Conference

    Anderson, Andrew (2010-06)
    The best remembered speech from the 1910 Conference, the one that historians and theologians often recall and quote, came from Bishop Azariah of India. Inspired but Paul’s ‘Hymn to love’ in 1 Corinthians 13, he made this impassioned plea, as an Indian speaking largely to Western missionaries. “You have given your goods to feed the poor. You have given your bodies to be burned. We also ask for love. Give us FRIENDS!” But there is one relationship that is beyond friendship, and that is family.
  • Homily delivered at the Edinburgh 2010 Conference on the theme of repentance

    Moran, Elizabeth (2010-06)
    Before speaking about repentance, today’s theme, we recall the introductory comment at the very start of our prayer together – that repentance is not sad and gloomy, it is rather an honest, grateful standing in the presence of the God of Mercy, and a willingness to accept the gift of forgiveness and all its demands. ‘God only loves, as the sun only shines’. It is the nature of God to love. It might be a good exercise today to go outside, stand in the full light of the sun, and reflect on this truth.
  • Words of Greeting to the Edinburgh 2010 Conference by Rev. Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe

    Tunnicliffe, Geoff (2010)
    It gives me great pleasure today to speak to the Edinburgh 2010 conference on behalf of the World Evangelical Alliance and our close friends in the Lausanne Movement. The WEA brings together some 128 national evangelical alliances, linking together churches of many denominations, and 100 international organisations, 13 major global networks, 1000 Bible colleges and seminaries, representing around 420 million evangelicals worldwide. We are culturally and ecclesiastically quite diverse, and celebrate that with joy as a little foretaste of the worship drawn from every tribe and tongue and nation described in Revelation 5:9. But, as that scripture also tells us, at the heart of heaven is the crucified and risen Lamb of God, and it is he who unites us, in time and in eternity. Today we are celebrating the centenary of the World Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh in 1910.
  • Edinburgh 2010 - Speech at Scottish Parliament by Adele Ngomedje

    Ngomedje, Adele (2010-06)
    Address to the Scottish Parliament during the Edinburgh 2010 Conference, taking place 2-6 June 2010 in Edinburgh, Scotland, to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1910 International Missionary Conference.
  • A contribution to the closing ceremony of the Edinburgh 2010 conference by Dr. Ken Christoph Miyamoto

    Miyamoto, Ken Christoph (2010-06)
    I thank you for giving me an opportunity to offer you a brief reflection on this historic Edinburgh 2010 Conference. I am also very grateful to God and all of you for giving me a chance to be part of this great experience of Christian unity in mission.
  • Homily delivered at the Edinburgh 2010 Conference on the theme of gratitude and 2 Tim 1: 1-14

    Nifon, Metropolitan (2010-06)
    Homily by Metropolitan Nifon at the Edinburgh 2010 Conference, taking place 2-6 June 2010 in Edinburgh, Scotland, to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1910 International Missionary Conference. In his homily, Metropolitan Nifon refers to "the power of God" (1 Tim 1: 8) which was the source of strength helping the Apostles to announce the Resurrected Christ to the world. The power and gift of God made the Christians in the first centuries ready to die with joy confessing their belief in Jesus Christ, and it is the same power and gift of God that brought strength to all those who preached the Gospel in these last 100 years through out the entire world.
  • Words of greeting to the Edinburgh 2010 Conference By the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches

    Tveit, Olav Fykse (2010)
    Dear sisters and brothers in Christ! There are some moments in our lives when we realize, in a very special way, that we are participating in the triune God’s mission in the world. To be here in Edinburgh today is one of them. This makes me feel both humble and thankful. Today in the World Council of Churches we give thanks to God for how this hundredth anniversary of the contemporary ecumenical movement brings us back to where we came from and sends us out to where we need to be. Whether you come from churches and mission movements linked to the WCC or not, together we can give thanks to the Holy Spirit for assembling such a wide spectrum of disciples of Jesus Christ in today’s world.
  • Witnessing to Christ Today

    Edinburgh 2010 (DIFAEM, German Institute for Medical Mission, 2010)
    Many inside and outside the churches are not so confident that the churches’ engagement in the field of health and healing is essential to their mission. Some argue that the churches should only be involved in health care provision if there are no secular health providers available. Also, whilst others insist exclusively on the use of ‘spiritual’ means to overcome illness, many question whether Christians today should still seek to overcome illness through this approach. Against this background, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the German Institute for Medical Mission (DIFAEM) wish to contribute to an understanding of the healing mission of the church today.
  • Mission for All: Full participation in the mending of creation

    Edinburgh 2010 (2008)
    Women gathered at Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Switzerland from November 24-28, 2008 for a consultation ‘Towards Edinburgh 2010: Women’s Perspectives on Mission and Theological Education in the 21st Century.’ The aim was to bring together different women’s perspectives on engagement in mission and theological education with the hope of finding a way to have women’s voices and perspectives be an integral part of the Edinburgh 2010 process.
  • “Bible and Mission”, a personal summary of the findings of the study group by Rev. Jacques Matthey

    Matthey, Jacques
    A personal summary of the results of the study process on the interface of biblical studies and missiology, a study by the Francophone Association for Mission Studies (AFOM) for the Edinburgh 2010 process (www.edinburgh.org)
  • Health, Healing and Spirituality. The Future of the Church's Ministry of Healing.

    Bartmann, Peter; Jakob, Beate; Laepple, Ulrich; Werner, Dietrich (The German Institute for Medical Mission (DIFAEM), 2008)
    Is there a role today for the churches in the area of health? Is there a link between health, healing and spirituality? We live in a society obsessed by performance. Good health is therefore highly prized – often more than anything else – and huge effort is put into achieving it. Health is a booming market, often under the fashionable label of “wellness”, and there is a lot of interest in the spiritual dimension of health, particularly outside the Christian churches. Type “healing and spirituality” into any search engine and you’ll find your screen inundated with an almost overwhelming range of so-called “alternative” services that have set themselves up in this market. So it is time for us in the congregations, and in the social and community organizations of the Christian churches in Germany to take a measured and critical look at the issues of health, spirituality and healing, and to seek practical ways forwards. To promote this process, the authors of this document have set up a working group on “healing and spirituality”. The group deals with issues relating to health, spirituality and healing from perspectives of medical mission, world mission, organized social work and church planting.
  • [Reflections on the theme "Mission as Reconciliation in Pluralistic Contexts"]

    Edinburgh 2010 (2009)
    This is a statement from a consultation at Seminari Theoloji Malaysia, Seremban, Malaysia on 8-11 June 2009, as part of the study process for Edinburgh 2010, www.edinburgh2010.org. The purpose of this document is to share the consensus reached and concerns raised arising out of our corporate reflections on the theme, “Mission as Reconciliation in Pluralistic Contexts.” It is hoped that these efforts will contribute to Edinburgh 2010 and the global church.
  • Mission Spirituality and Authentic Discipleship

    Edinburgh 2010 (Regnum Books, 2010)
    Essential to the work of the Edinburgh 1910 Conference, and of abiding value, were the findings of the eight think-tanks or "commissions". These inspired the idea of a new round of collaborative reflection on Christian mission - but now focused on nine study themes and seven transversal themes identified as being key to mission in the 21st century. The study process was polycentric, open-ended, and as inclusive as possible of the different genders, regions of the world, and theological and confessional perspectives in today's church.
  • Christian Communities in Contemporary Contexts

    Edinburgh 2010 (Regnum Books, 2010)
    Essential to the work of the Edinburgh 1910 Conference, and of abiding value, were the findings of the eight think-tanks or "commissions". These inspired the idea of a new round of collaborative reflection on Christian mission - but now focused on nine study themes and seven transversal themes identified as being key to mission in the 21st century. The study process was polycentric, open-ended, and as inclusive as possible of the different genders, regions of the world, and theological and confessional perspectives in today's church.
  • Mission and Unity - Ecclesiology and Mission

    Edinburgh 2010 (Regnum Books, 2010)
    Essential to the work of the Edinburgh 1910 Conference, and of abiding value, were the findings of the eight think-tanks or "commissions". These inspired the idea of a new round of collaborative reflection on Christian mission - but now focused on nine study themes and seven transversal themes identified as being key to mission in the 21st century. The study process was polycentric, open-ended, and as inclusive as possible of the different genders, regions of the world, and theological and confessional perspectives in today's church.
  • Foundations for Mission

    Edinburgh 2010 (Regnum Books, 2010)
    Essential to the work of the Edinburgh 1910 Conference, and of abiding value, were the findings of the eight think-tanks or "commissions". These inspired the idea of a new round of collaborative reflection on Christian mission - but now focused on nine study themes and seven transversal themes identified as being key to mission in the 21st century. The study process was polycentric, open-ended, and as inclusive as possible of the different genders, regions of the world, and theological and confessional perspectives in today's church.

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