Mission and Context

Mission and Context

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Mission is contrived from and performed over lived contexts, but the visions that guide and drive mission are oftentimes blinded by power, position, protection, and plenitude. This collection visits those matters with queering attention to the shadows empires cast over the contexts of mission, and to the collusion and complicity of Christians and churches with empires past (as in the case of Rome) and present (as in the case of the United States of America). In the interests of those in mission fields who survived, but continue to agonize under the burdens of empires, the contributors to this work dare to re-vision the course and cause of mission.

Writing from minoritized settings in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Oceania, the authors interweave the principles and practices of mission with the opportunities in decolonial theology and hermeneutics, minoritized and migrant Christologies, repatriation and the courage to get up and get out, indigenous insights and wisdom, mission archives, stories of resistance and endurance in zones of contact and violence, restless souls and returning spirits, and life-centered spiritual (en)countering. In Mission and Context as with previous volumes in this series-empires do not have the final word, nor the final world.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 236 pages
  • 160 x 228 x 21mm | 558g
  • Lexington Books/Fortress Academic
  • Lanham, United States
  • English
  • 1 Halftones, black and white
  • 197870366X
  • 9781978703667
  • 1,507,911

Table of contents

1.repatriation of native minds

Jione Havea


2.Turn to Decolonial Theology: A Southern African Invitation

Teddy Chalwe Sakupapa

3.Hermeneutical Embers from the "Zone of Non-being"

Vuyani S. Vellem

4.Reading Christ in the Neighbor's Eyes: An Asian Invitation

Samuel Ngun Ling

5.Who is Christ for Ali? Refugees in a Post-Truth Age

Eunice Karanja Kamaara

6.Get Out: Soul Trans-Formations in Trumpire

Jennifer Leath

7.The Philippine Nation-State and the Killing of Indigenous Peoples: Christianity and Modernity as Walls of Legitimation and Conquest

S. Lily Mendoza

8.Dare Not! Or Fear Not! Reimagining the Story of the Canaanite-Noisy Woman (Matthew 15)

Surekha Nelavala


9.Counter-creating Mission in but not of Empire

Peter Cruchley

10.Conservative Evangelicalism, Prosperity Gospel, and the Pornification of Western Christianity

Roderick R Hewitt

11.Calling for Communities of Resistance in the Context of Empire

Sindiso Jele

12.Mission and Violent Conflict: Seeking Shalom

Deborah Storie

13.Reassembling the Oikoumene

Kathryn Poethig

14.Theology at the Nexus of Spirit and Life

Kim Yong-Bock
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Review quote

The publication of this book in academic and other church circles is--to use the phrase of my friend Tony Gittins--"a presence that disturbs." But the disturbance that it causes is a grace, a grace that only those who speak from the margins of society and empire can offer. The entire church, but especially those of us at the privileged center, need to listen, learn, repent, and be converted.--Stephen Bevans
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About Collin Cowan

Jione Havea is a native Methodist pastor from Tonga and research fellow with Trinity Theological College (Aotearoa) and the Public and Contextual Theology (PaCT) research centre of Charles Sturt University.
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