This blog is a convening place for commentary and discussion of mission. Topics include ecumenical mission theology, mission in higher education, congregational mission, mission in theological education, mission developments in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, issues in the current Anglican crisis, inter-religious relations, mission leaders, mission in the news, mission in liturgy, mission in the arts. In short, the works! Please let me know if you’re interested in particular topics that need commentary.
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Currently I am Principal of Edwardes College, a church-sponsored undergraduate and graduate institution in Peshawar, Pakistan. As a mission activist in the Episcopal Church, I have mission experience in Zimbabwe, where I pastored the rural Bonda Church District; India, where I was born and grew up, in Jabalpur and Mussoorie; and various settings in the USA, most relevantly in inner-city Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I was rector of St. Peter’s Church. Past chair of the Standing Commission on World Mission and active in the Episcopal Partnership for Global Mission, I’ve taught mission studies at General Seminary, where I was academic dean; the Seminary of the Southwest, where I was president, Episcopal Divinity School, and Gaul Theological College in Harare – and preaching at Harvard Divinity School. More information and a list of publications are available at my website – which, however, has not been updated for quite awhile.
Going Global with God: Reconciling Mission in a World of Difference, my most recent book, is out from from Morehouse, an imprint of Church Publishing, New York. An article, “Mission is Ministry in the Dimension of Difference: A Definition for the 21st Century,” appeared in the October 2010 issue of International Bulletin of Missionary Research. Just out is a chapter, “The History of Mission in the Anglican Communion,” in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion. I was a consultant for Continuing Indaba, the Listening Process of the Anglican Communion, for which I organized consultations in Delhi, Barbados and Virginia. In April 2011 I concluded two years as Interim Pastor of the Church of St. Simon the Cyrenian in New Rochelle, New York.
I change the blog header picture from time to time. The current picture is of the Shalimar Court at Edwardes College, Peshawar. The personal picture above is taken in Cape Town, South Africa, on the morning of a meeting my wife Jane and I had with Desmond Tutu.