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Missional Conversations

A Dialogue between Theory and Praxis in World Mission

Missional Conversations

A Dialogue between Theory and Praxis in World Mission

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334057062
Number of Pages: 288
Published: 30/10/2018
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm

Given the essentially practical nature of mission, it is surprising that there has often been such a disconnect between those studying mission theoretically, and those involved in it practically.

Missional Conversations introduces the reader to key themes in contemporary mission through global conversations between theory and praxis.

Exploring emergent themes in missiology, the book takes the form of a conversation between reflective practitioners - both those in academia and with those who are practically engaged.

List of Contributors 

Introduction: The Far Off Country Coming Ever Closer - Cathy Ross and Colin Smith

Part 1 Contexts for Mission


1. Context or Content? The Place of the Natural Environment in World Mission - Dave Bookless

2. Creation Care Around the World: Grounded Engagement - Amy Ross


3. Refugees, Lampedusa and the Eucharist: Reflections on the Mission from ‘Otherness’ to ‘Oneness’ - Daniel G. Groody CSC

4. Mission and Migration - Amy Roche


5. Being With: A Personal Reflection on Christian Presence and Other Faiths in Southall, West London - Mark Poulson

6. Being With: Christian Presence and Other Faiths - Richard Sudworth

Economic Disparity

7. Economics and Inequality: A Christian Response - David Barclay

8. Economics and Inequality: A Relational Response - John Wheatley


9. Klong Toey and Barriers to Transformation in Urban Slum and Informal Settlement Neighbourhoods - Ash Barker

10 Urbanity in the Global South and the Future of the Christian Faith: Reflections on Theology and Mission - Stephan de Beer

Part 2 Expressions of Mission


11. An Ecosystem Called Community - Elisa Padilla

12. Community as Mission - Berdine van den Toren-Lekkerkerker

New Forms of Church

13. Church as God’s Conversation Partner with the World - Andrea Campanale

14. A Conversational Approach to New Forms of Church - Michael Moynagh

Southern Mission Movements

15. Audacity, Intentionality and Hope in the Churches of the Global South - Kyama Mugambi

16.  Mission in the Global South - Harvey Kwiyani


17 Bridging the Divide: Mission and Social Innovation in East Africa - Dennis Tongoi

18. Treasures Old and New: Social Innovation and the Renewal of Mission - Paul Bickley


19. I’ll Meet You There: A Conversation on the Meeting Place of Mission and Imagination - Jonny Baker and Ric Stott

Epilogue: A Mission Spirituality for Turbulent Times - Ian Adams


Index of Names and Subjects 

Cathy Ross, Colin Smith

Cathy Ross is Lecturer for Contextual Theology at Ripon College Cuddesdon. She is MA Co-ordinator for Pioneer Leadership Training at CMS (Church Mission Society). She comes from Aotearoa/NZ. She has written numerous books, most recently Mission on the Road to Emmaus. Colin Smith is Dean of Mission Education at the Church Mission Society and teaches on the MA in Mission and Anthropology

'Cathy Ross and Colin Smith have put together an amazing collection of essays in these pages. Not only does their conversational method match their understanding of mission. Their content is fresh, exciting, imaginative, and in some cases groundbreaking. This is a pioneering book in every sense of the word. It's certainly the best collection of essays in missiology that I have read in a long time.' -- Steve Bevans, SVD, Louis J. Lozbetak, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture, Emeritus Catholic Theological Union, Chicago 

‘At its best the story of Church Mission Society since its founding in 1799 has been one of sustained, reflective, practical missiology – ‘a dialogue between theory and practice’ indeed. This collection of essays by many members and friends of the CMS Community stands in exactly that tradition. As such I am delighted to commend it.’ -- Canon Philip Mounstephen, Executive Leader, CMS 

'Missiology is always contextual and in the twenty-first century, that context keeps changing. Missional Conversations brings us up-to-date and names key issues for mission today that were not mainstream even a decade ago, such as migration and economic disparity. It matches these with new ways of engaging in mission that are more and more emerging from Majority World contexts. The global conversation is rich and fertile.' -- Kirsteen Kim, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA