A CCCW Occasional Paper
The Cambridge Seventy: A Missionary Movement in Twentieth-Century Britain by Ian Randall (April 2016)
The Cambridge 70 took their inspiration from the long history of mission in Cambridge, looking back to Henry Martyn in the early nineteenth century as well as the Cambridge 7 of the 1880s. In 1955, scores of students associated with the Cambridge Intercollegiate Christian Union committed themselves to overseas missionary service. The students who answered this call found themselves in a wide variety of ministries across the globe. They were also part of the ongoing change in mission thinking and practice. Rather than seeing mission as ‘from the west to the rest,’ they were on the frontlines of mission ‘from everywhere to everywhere.’
The story is told in The Cambridge Seventy: A Missionary Movement in Twentieth-Century Britain, an occasional paper published by CCCW and authored by Dr. Randall. The occasional paper has its origins in a series of ‘witness’ seminars that CCCW hosted in 2014 and 2015 in which members of the Cambridge 70 shared their memories and stories. Dr. Randall’s research used these seminars, as well as his own survey of Cambridge 70 members and the growing collection of archival material in the CCCW’s collections.
The research and publication were funded in part by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Maurice and Hilda Laing Foundation.
Copies of The Cambridge Seventy are available for £5 (including P&P) and can be obtained by writing to the Centre’s administrator.
The Christian faith and the political centre have been intertwined from the outset in the Ugandan Christian story. The chapters take examples from this story where the churches have cooperated with, been co-opted by and confronted the political centre.
Chapters include studies on: • Festo Kivengere’s preaching on reconciliation into post-Amin Uganda (Alfred Olwa) • The growing role of the Pentecostal churches in the political arena (Paddy Musana) • Religious rituals to reintegrate girl child-soldiers in Northern Uganda (Christine Mbabazi Mpyangu) • The relationship between the NRM Government and the churches (Ofwono-Opondo).
The themes which emerge from these chapters are the foundations upon which a political theology for Uganda must be built, which is outlined in the concluding chapter (David Zac Niringiye). The volume makes available in Uganda significant pioneering research by primarily Ugandan scholars on a key theme in the ongoing mission of the Ugandan