“It is important to observe that the assembly theme is the first explicitly Christological theme since the WCC assembly in Vancouver in 1983, which had the theme ‘Jesus Christ, the life of the world,’ ” writes editor Rev. Dr Risto Jukko, Director of the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism of the World Council of Churches, in his introduction to the issue.
Previously, the journal published issues on mission and reconciliation, and one issue on mission and unity. The current issue deals with the same topic: relations between mission and unity.
“The message that God has reconciled us and the world through Christ is the message that is the basis for unity in mission, the unity of churches, and the unity of humankind, and at the same time the message of hope that the world needs, especially now, when we are living our third year with the COVID-19 pandemic,” writes Jukko.
Jukko further notes: “Based on God’s reconciliation with us, we need to be reconciled with ourselves, with people around us, and with creation or the environment.”
The diversity of articles is vast. One article in the issue reflects on “The Challenge for Christian Unity and Reconciliation Today from a Decolonial Perspective,” while others focus on mission education in Burma, the spirituality of moderation, and many other facets of the intersection of mission and unity.
International Review of Mission is published twice a year by Wiley on behalf of the WCC.