Restoring Dignity, Nourishing Hope | Developing Mutuality in Mission (Barnes and Makari, eds.)

Restoring Dignity, Nourishing Hope | Developing Mutuality in Mission (Barnes and Makari, eds.)

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"These essays are a gift from Global Ministries. They are an opportunity to rediscover the passion of God... and the formula that keeps the church alive: Christian mission is a never-ending journey of being pleasantly surprised and challenged by the Holy Spirit to live the gospel anew!"—Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi, professor of World Christianities and Mission Studies, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Today, many churches and mission boards use the term “partnership” to describe their mission engagement and interfaith relationships. The principles that undergird these relationships include concepts such as solidarity, mutuality and accompaniment. But what do these terms mean? How can relationships of solidarity be realized in a world of poverty, violence, and brokenness. What does mutuality mean when there are such vast disparities in access to resources? How do people from different contexts, cultures and traditions practice accompaniment—walking through life together—in ways that allow for mutual learning as well as mutual respect of difference?     

Are you or your church thinking about international mission engagement? Are you already working with partners around the world? If so, Restoring Dignity is designed to help you think deeply, relate carefully and engage wisely about our mission relationships. Topics covered include partnership, advocacy, community development, short term mission, evangelism, interfaith dialogue and fundraising. The contributors include international partners, mission personnel, and local church pastors and members, all sharing from their experiences, relationships and what they have learned over years of mission engagement.

At the end of each chapter, you’ll find questions for discussion as well as recommended resources for further study. Restoring Dignity can be used by mission committees, Sunday school classes, pastors and individuals who desire to join in what God is doing around the world.

ABOUT THE EDITORS

Jonathan Barnes, Ph.D., serves with the Mennonite Central Committee as Country Representative to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and is the author of Power and Partnership: A History of the Protestant Mission Movement.
 
Peter E. Makari, Ph.D., serves as Executive for the Middle East and Europe with Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He earned his M.A. in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo and Ph.D. from New York University. He is the author of Conflict and Cooperation: Christian-Muslim Relations in Contemporary Egypt.

Publisher: The Pilgrim Press
May 2016
ISBN: 978-0-8298-2037-9
160 pages, 6" x 9"

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