Justice, Peace & Reconciliation
Mark of Mission: To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
Throughout the Bible, we see that God hates injustice and oppression. In Isaiah 58, the people of God complain that God seems to be ignoring them in spite of their efforts to worship him. God points out that although they are fasting, they are also exploiting people and fighting. The kind of worship God wants is “to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke” (Isaiah 58). Our actions and lifestyle need to be consistent with the good intentions we express in our prayers and worship, or our prayer and worship do not count for anything. This Mark of Mission allows space to understand some of the dynamics involved in pursuing justice, peace and reconciliation.
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Ngursangzeli Behera, Marina (ed) Interfaith Relations after One Hundred Years: Christian Mission Among Other Faiths (Oxford, Regnum, 2011).
Francis Anekwe Oborji, Concepts of mission: The Evolution of Contemporary missiology (Maryknoll, NY; Orbis, 2006).
Lalsangkima Pachuau, Ecumenical Missiology, Contemporary Trends, Issues and Themes (United Theological College, Bangalore, 2002)
Pachuau, Lalsangkima & Knud Jorgensen (eds) Witnessing to Christ in a Pluralistic Age: Christian Mission among Other Faiths (Oxford, Regnum, 2011). http://www.ocms.ac.uk/regnum/list.php?cat=3
Phan, Peter C. Being Religious Interreligiously: Asian Perspectives on Interfaith Dialogue (Maryknoll, NY, Orbis, 2007).
Wingate, Andrew, Celebrating Difference, Staying Faithful: How to Live in a Multi-Faith World (DLT 2005)
For many more intercultural and mission-related readings and resources visit the CCCW library.