Unity in Mission: Theological Reflections on the Pilgrimage of Mission

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Editors:
Mitzi J. Budde, Don Thorsen
Copyright:
2013
Page Count:
266
ISBN:
978-0-8091-4830

Unity in Mission authors contend that the Christian life represents a spiritual journey in which Christians are saved, flourish spiritually, and minister to others, individually and collectively. The authors assert that focusing on unity in mission and emphasizing greater cooperation on behalf of the mission of the church will foster increased cohesion among Christians. Contributors to the volume discuss existing ways in which Christians share unity in mission through their ministry in word and sacrament, and challenge readers to consider additional ways of creating greater unity in mission. They offer evaluations as well as solutions for engendering greater understanding and appreciation among Christians so that greater unity in mission may be achieved.

About the Editors:

Mitzi J. Budde is Head Librarian and Professor at Virginia Theological Seminary. Dr. Budde is Vice President of the North American Academy of Ecumenists and serves on the advisory board of the Paulist North American Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.

Don Thorsen is Professor of Theology and Chair of Graduate Theology and Ethics at Azusa Pacific University in California. The author of several books, Dr. Thorsen served for more that a decade on two ecumenical commissions in the National Council of Churches: Faith and Order and Interfaith Relations.

First Pages (PDF)

INTRODUCTION (Mitzi J. Budde and Don Thorsen)

FOUNDATIONS OF UNITY IN MISSION
1. Unity and Mission: A Pilgrimage of Accompaniment (John T. Ford)
2. Scripture and Mission (Michael Kinnamon)
3. The Marks as Signposts of the Journey to Unity in Mission (Mitzi J. Budde)
4. Relational Unity in Mission: Reflecting God's Life (Susan E. Davies)

WORD AND SACRAMENT
5. Unity in Proclamation (Don Thorsen)
6. Baptism: Sacrament of Unity, Sacrament of Mission (Mitzi J. Budde)
7. Bread for the Journey: The Challenge of the Eucharist to the Churches (Ernest Falardeau, SSS)

THE WAY OF RECONCILIATION
8. Intersections of the Concerns of Mission and Interfaith Dialogue in the Ecumenical Movement: A Historical Survey and Analysis (S. Wesley Ariarajah)
9. Bitter History on the Church's Journey of Mission (Matthew D. Lundberg)
10. The Role of Ecumenical Charity in Christian Mission (Antonios Kireopoulos)
11. Beyond Ornamental Multiculturalism: Toward a Theology of the Beauty of God (Kevin Park)

EXPERIENTIAL JOURNEYS OF MISSION
12. Reconceiving Ecumenism: Beyond Eurocentrism (Donald W. Dayton)
13. Ecumenism, Interfaith Relations, and the Lausanne Movement (Don Thorsen)
14. Christian Science Christians' Healing Practice: A Contribution to Christian Pilgrimage (Shirley Paulson)
15. Asian American Equipping Symposium: A Space of lntersection across Ethnicity, Generation, and Gender (Young Lee Hertig)
16. Transforming a Nation Through Mission: A Case Study on the Church in Albania (Anton C. Vrame)

BIBLICAL REFLECTIONS
17. The Fifth Station of the Way of the Cross: “Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross” (John T. Ford)
18. Bible Study: How Did Jesus Define His Ministry? A Study of Matthew 28:16-20 and Luke 4:16-21(Don Thorsen)
19. Gospel and Empire: A Bible Study (Dale E. Luffman)
20. Ecclesial Identities and Ecumenical Approaches (John T. Ford)