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7-15 May 2013
First word: Mission
Our understanding of mission has changed over the past 100 years. Our grandparents believed mission involved converting people in faraway countries to Christianity while serving as ministers, doctors, nurses, teachers and agriculturalists. Mission in the 21st century still involves crossing borders. But today borders are understood to be the barriers that separate people from one another. In this context, the best kind of mission is when the gospel message of love and support is shared with respect, sensitivity, understanding and humility in relation to peoples of other faiths, belief systems and contexts.
In the years ahead, WCRC will act as a catalyst for enabling its member churches to respond to changes around them and to the challenges of the world in which we live. In view of this, WCRC is identifying resources to ensure that mission is retained at the heart of WCRC’s structures and programmes.
You are invited to reflect with others in your church and with your ecumenical and interfaith partners about how best to be God’s mission agents in your community.