Edited by the commission’s director Risto Jukko, the publication gives an overview of the state of the missiological thinking and practice of the ecumenical movement at the end of the 2010s and beginning of the 2020s. The book provides a vision of the potential beyond the 11th WCC Assembly in Karlsruhe in 2022. Jukko reflected on the uniqueness of the book and on the process of editing the text. “The book we are launching today aims to go deep in mission theology,” he said.
Moderating the discussion around the book release was Jennifer P. Martin, Education in Mission secretary for the Caribbean and North America Council for Mission, who expressed the collective joy of those who have worked so hard to produce the text. “I love this task that I’m doing this morning!” she said.
WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca congratulated the commission on this landmark publication. “This new volume, as we will further learn today, presents and introduces the commission’s most recent work, approved at its prior meetings,” he said. “It is my hope that this volume, so carefully prepared and edited, will find wide use not only among missiologists and other professionals in the mission field but also in the education and formation of students and seminarians, and all those interested in thinking and redefining mission and our discipleship for today and tomorrow.”
Metropolitan Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, moderator of the commission, said that the book is the outcome of intense labor of the mission’s working groups. “It also tries to provide a distinct Commission on World Mission and Evangelism contribution to the WCC assembly theme from a particular mission perspective,” he said. “This book brings out the mission dimensions of the assembly theme,” he said, referring to the theme of the WCC 11th Assembly, “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.”
Since the WCC Conference on World Mission and Evangelism held in Arusha, Tanzania, in 2018, all three of the commission’s working groups have worked on and finalized a study document, and these papers, together with a slightly earlier document from the WCC Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network, have been edited into the single volume, in which each study document is preceded by a short introduction.