This year we are celebrating 100 years since the Edinburgh Missionary Conference of 1910. It was the culmination of 19th century Protestant mission activities around the world. Over a thousand people representing Churches from around the world gathered together to reflect on what had been achieved, and how they could work together in the future to further develop their work. Four years before the First World War it was a time of great optimism and hope, and it did genuinely herald a start of more long term ecumenical working of Churches together. People were excited about what was happening, as well as what could be achieved in the future.
As part of our response to this centenary the
The consultation began with a service at Methodist Central Hall,
The theme of the service was the gifts that we offer one another and all those attending were invited to take a gift from the
Following the service we headed for
This quickly became clear as we shared in conversation with one another throughout the day. On my table I heard stories of the difficulties of being a Christian in
Revd Joao Carlos Lopez, Presiding Bishop of the
I talked with Revd Marcus Torchon about the situation in
In an afternoon session Dr Daleep Mukarji, the former director of Christian Aid, spoke passionately about the need for mission to be integrated and holistic as we show our concern for the whole person in their society and environment. We were called and sent to proclaim good news to the poor but he also questioned whether we were truly ready for the
Revd Diane Clutterbuck reported back on the responses of partners around the world to the questions asked by the organisers prior to the Consultation, and Revd Barbara Glasson concluded the day with a bible study based on the story of Bartimaeus.
This can only be a short summary of a rich and fruitful consultation with our world partners. However a dedicated blog spot has been set up which will record the full details of the Consultation and it can be accessed via the main