“Mission is about the invitation to share in the mystery of the story of Christ. It is embodied by churches and individuals who believe that another reality — transcending the brokenness of our world — is possible. And they continuously translate their faith therein into visible signs of common witness and action. It is crucial to invite the next generation of theologians to engage with seminal contributions in the field of ecumenical missiology and to harvest their own comments for nurturing the debates of the ecumenical movement. This textbook, compiled on the occasion of GETI 2018, extends such an invitation in the most meaningful and comprehensive manner, also for other contexts of ecumenical learning.”
—Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, Deputy General Secretary, World Council of Churches
Translating the Word, Transforming the World is a stellar collection of nearly 30 of the most important, orienting documents of contemporary ecumenical and missiological reflection. Composed and compiled to serve as a textbook for the meeting of the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute, held in Arusha, Tanzania, in conjunction with the world conference of the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism in March 2018, the volume nurtures ecumenical theological formation with a contextual sensitivity yet a truly global focus. Among the featured contents:
• The Church: Towards a Common Vision
• Together towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes
• Economy of Life
• Who Do We Say That We Are? Christian Identity in a Multi-Religious World
— along with a dozen singular and signal voices of world Christianity. The volume offers a substantive engagement with contemporary Christian theology, the ecumenical movement, and the steep challenges that confront Christians and Christian churches today — from ecclesiology and Christian service in the world to creation and climate change.