“In this wide-ranging and challenging book, Titus Presler describes the changing shape of mission activity in a less institutionalized and more differentiated world,” Bishop Michael Doe, General Secretary of USPG: Anglicans in World Mission, has written in advance comment for my new book, Going Global with God: Reconciling Mission in a World of Difference. “His emphases on being sent by God, on seeking reconciliation across the differences, and on mission as companionship and pilgrimage, are vital if we are to avoid reinventing the more colonial aspects of mission but in a new guise.”
Bp. Doe has been the general secretary of USPG, the Anglican Communion’s oldest missionary society, since 2005. He had been for ten years the Bishop of Swindon, where he played a significant role in local civic and church life, as well as on the national scene. He was deeply involved with Swindon’s diocesan link with Uganda and wider ecumenical experience.
Established in 1701, the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, has sent missionaries and developed church companionships in most parts of the world during its 309 years of experience. Bp. Doe’s visits to the United States have included a sabbatical as a Procter Fellow at Episcopal Divinity School and participation in a panel discussion about the future of mission at the Episcopal Church’s 2008 Everyone Everywhere mission conference in Baltimore. His booklet, An Anglican Understanding of Mission and Evangelism, was published in preparation for the 2008 Lambeth Conference of Bishops.
I am grateful to Bp. Doe for his commendation.