Posted by: Titus Presler | June 13, 2015

Mission keynote online: “‘Rubbish of the World’: Cruciform Mission amid Muslim Pressure”

It was an honor and a privilege to be asked to deliver the opening keynote address at the 2015 annual conference of the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) that was held May 6-8 at All Saints’ Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Picking up on the apostle Paul’s statement to the Corinthian Christians, “We have become like the rubbish of the world, the dregs of all things,” I focus on minority Christians’ experience of persecution, especially in the Muslim world. Pakistan and my experience there contextualize the biblical and theological reflections. The second half of the talk focuses on the relationship between difference and danger in mission at this historical moment in relations between the West and the Muslim world, and offers some suggestions.

GEMN has kindly put an expanded version of the talk on their website in PDF format. It also appears in the convenient Flipgorilla format.

The other keynoters were Suffragan Bishop Gayle Harris of Massachusetts, who spoke about the evolution of her view of mission during collaboration with the Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East, and Bishop Santosh Marray of Alabama, who reflected theologically and experientially on the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission.

Special thanks to Ted Gaiser, GEMN’s outgoing president; Jim Boston, the incoming president; Judy Quick, GEMN’s vice president; and Karen Hotte, the executive director, for the invitation and arrangements.


  1. Thanks, Titus, for sharing this information with our readers. I would like to encourage them as well to consider joining us at the next Global Episcopal Mission Network conference in Ponce, Puerto Rico, in May 2016, or attending one of our training events. Details at

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