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to One Hope: The Gospel in Diverse Cultures
It is still the church's primary calling to pursue
the mission of God in God's world through the grace and goodness of
Jesus Christ... It must be an every-member mission, from everywhere
to everywhere, involving every aspect of life in a rapidly changing
world of many cultures now interacting and overlapping... The gospel,
to be mos fruitful, needs to be both true to itself and incarnated
or rooted in the culture of a people... we need constantly to seek
the insight of the Holy Spirit in helping us better to discern where
the gospel challenges, endorses or transforms a particular culture."
From the Salvador conference message
The 11th conference on world mission and evangelism,
in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, in November/December 1996, explored hte
nature of Christian witness to the gospel in a world of cultures shaped
by forces of globalization and fragmentation and yearning for signs
of hope, freedom and community. It highlighted the need to meet the
mission challenges of the 21st century through ecumenical and common
witness, renouncing all competitiveness and proselytism in mission.
Included here are the texts of ten major presentation, reports
from the four sections in which delegates worked and interpretative
essays reflecting on the conference experience, including one by
the editor which identifies key lines for future mission reflection
emerging from Salvador. This is an indispensable resource and reference
volume for all concerned with the mission of the church today.
Christopher Duraisingh was at the time of the conference the executive
secretary for Gospel and Culture in the World Council of Churches.
He now teaches at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts,