Last week, Geoff Holsclaw offered the first in a 4-part series on “The Scandal of the Evangelical Memory.” Many of the sentiments he offered there (and will offer in forthcoming posts) undergird the impetus for and ethos of Missio Alliance. That is, among other things, we seek to offer a “space” in which those of various “evangelical persuasions” might connect, share, listen to, learn from, sharpen, collaborate, and otherwise engage one another around shared questions, interests, and issues facing us in mission.
But reclaiming memory, necessary as it is, is only one part of the equation. As we look back, another, equally vital, part of the equation of faithfully navigating a rapidly changing North American context together is looking forward to a new future marked by new realities, challenges, and opportunities. On that horizon, one of the issues that seems to loom largest is the increasingly multi-cultural makeup of North American evangelicalism.
On that subject, we’d like to offer up this workshop led by Leroy Barber, Executive Director of Word Made Flesh and Gary Nelson, President of Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Ontario. Their presentations and the discussion they facilitate provide important touch-points for those interested in and seeking to engage mission from a multi-cultural perspective.
At the same time, we’d like to host a conversation on this subject – one that we think many are interested in and world benefit from…
What does “multi-cultural mission” look like in you context? What are you learning and who are you learning from as your encounter this issue and reality?
In days gone by, “missions” was premised on one culture (primarily Western) seeking to reach another culture (non-Western). Today however, there are fewer and fewer Western contexts that are not in and of themselves multicultural. In other words, the “borders” which once guided our perspectives and the work of “missions” are vanishing and questions remain as to how helpful they were to begin with.
This workshop will feature theological perspectives and experiential insights on what it might mean and look like for the Church in North America to grapple with its increasingly marginal and multicultural context. We will also discuss hindrances and opportunities for multi-ethnic missions.
The audio download of this workshop is available HERE and is available for free all day today, 9/9/13 (discount automatically applied when you add the workshop to your cart).