IAMS’ 15th Quadrennial Assembly, Sydney 2020
Powers, Inequalities, and Vulnerabilities: Mission in a Wounded World
IAMS' Study Groups:
- BISAM - Biblical Studies and Mission
- Children, Youth and Mission
- Christian Communities and Mission
- DABOH - Documentation, Archives, Bibliography and Oral History
- Gender and Mission
- Interreligious Studies and Mission
- Pentecostal/Charismatic Expressions in Global Christianity
- Religious Freedom, Persecution and Mission
- Theology of Mission
In addition to the Study Groups, Sydney 2020 Assembly will host 16 thematic panels covering various topics with relevance to the conference theme.
Submission of paper proposals is now closed. Draft papers of 2000 words are due 31 May 2020.
Please note: Paper presenters who apply for scholarship must submit their full-size papers of 2000 words by 30 April 2020.
IAMS' 15th Assembly is going to listen to 283 presentations: 203 in Study Groups and 80 in Thematic Panels
Titles of Papers
(16 papers, 17 presenters)
1. Baxter-Brown John: The Motif of Power in Matthew's Gospel
2. Edwards Sarita: When God Showed Up at the Well: Missional Revelation in the Narratives of Hagar the Egyptian (Genesis 16) and the Samaritan Woman (John 4)
3. Glanville Elizabeth: A Theological Look at Community Development Through the Unity of the Church: A Case Study of the BRIDGE Model in Nigeria
4. Hwang-Tsung-I: Transcending Vulnerability by Embracing Vulnerability: The Transforming Power of the Missio Dei in Confucian-Influenced Societies
5. Jetty Santha: Biblical foundation for missions in India: the mission theology of five Christian missionary societies in colonial South India
6. Kgatla Solomon: Integrated mission in Acts 2:44-47: a model of inclusive development amid income inequality in South Africa
7. Kim Han: Rethinking the Parable of the Good Samaritan as a Clash of Two Powers
8. Kyei Solomon: Unchanging Mission Principles for the Changing World: Perspectives from Acts 13–15
9. Mangayi Lukwikilu Credo: Addressing homelessness associated with violence and powerlessness in Pretoria, South Africa: Insights from an empirical Missiological study based on encounterological reflection of Luke 10: 25 – 37
10. Prior John: Weeping in anguish yet buoyed in hope: reading the book of Joel with the eyes of the rejected
11. Santos Narry: Jesus’ mission in the vulnerable: the power of servanthood in the gospel of Mark
12. Sihombing Batara: The sending out of the disciples (Matt. 10: 5-15) without payment and its relevance to the sending of HKI church servants in mission of church-planting projects in Indonesia
13. Tauchner Christian: New grounding for mission and discipleship on the margins. Reading the Syrophoenician woman in Amazonian perspective
14. Thanh van Nguyen: Reading the Bible in the context of mission in a wounded church
15. West Amy : Building Community Among “Followers of the Way” for Vulnerable Times
16. Wieland George (with Kaa-Morgan James and Kaa-Morgan Natua): Reading Philemon in Ihumātao: discerning ways of mission by and with the wounded in a wounded place.
Children, Youth and Mission (CYM)
(21 papers, 21 presenters)
1. Adekunle Emmanuel: Promoting human trafficking awareness: the role of religion leaders
2. Asare Samuel: Why Worry About Reverse Mission? A Biblical Look at Generational Missions
3. Baxter-Brown John: Pneumatology and Neuroplasticity: Healing of Memories
4. Clement Daniel: Doing theology with indigenous children: in search of a methodological framework for theologizing with children in tribal context of India
5. Crawshaw Stuart: Youth ministry as a cultural shock absorber: A study of soul revival’s youth ministry at Gymea Anglican
6. Dlugosz Miriam: How young is too young to be married in Enga?
7. Eichhorn Garth: Australians at play: entertainment precincts as a case study for mission
8. Fagg David: Secular workplaces and faith-driven employees: the case of Christian youth workers in Australia
9. Glanville Karissa: Empowering Children and Youth - in the Family, Church, and Community. A Look at the BRIDGE Model as a Foundational Paradigm
10. Goldan Vasile Lucian: The Orthodox Church's mission in the current context of migrations. The statute of the minor refugee from a religious, moral and legal point of view
11. Jeyaraj Jesudason: Training parents and teachers for holistic child development
12. Kabongo Luc: Youth marginalisation in African local churches. The sacrificing of the future of a continent
13. Knoetze Hannes: Discipleship as comfort of Christ-connectedness in a globalised world with a FOMO
14. Kozhuharov Valentin: “European” globalisation, the shift in traditional values and its impact on families and children of Christian background in Europe
15. McGill Jenny: Refugee crisis in La Carpio: case study of CFCI empowerment in Costa Rica
16. Pfeiffer Cara: Neurological ‘marred identity’: reversing the effects of poverty through relational protective factors
17. Selvam Sahaya: Pastoral supervision: regulating power in the Christian mission context
18. Tetteh Ebenezer: Child protection in the mission of African initiated churches (AICs) in the Shai-Osudoku District, Ghana
19. Tsekpoe Christian: Contextual missiology and the generations in Africa: a Ghanaian Pentecostal perspective
20. Wilson Stacey: Facing the past: theology, mission and abuse
21. Yeboah Fedalis: Work place and professional missionaries: past, present and future
Christian Communities and Mission (CCM)
(36 papers, 41 presenters)
1. Anslow Matthew: Our Agricultural Krísis: An earthy missional theology
2. Budden Chris with Uncle Ken Sumner, Auntie Rose Rigney and Sean Weetz: Winamaldi-watjeri-ungai. Winamaldi and Jesus
3. Byung-Bae Hwang: Missional insights and suggestions through a case study of cooperation in Korean churches: centered on supporting programs of large churches to small churches
4. Capper Christy: “No, it’s just me.” Mission and the needs of single adult households in Australia
5. Churu Beatrice: Poverty as curse, poverty as grace. Community for mission in a wounded world
6. Daniel John: Am I my brother’s keeper? Disconnect among missional Christian communities of Europe in their mission
7. Dasan Jeyaraj: Christ-ward movements outside the Church
8. Del Castillo Fides: 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines (1521 to 2021): A re-articulation of culture and faith of the Indios
9. Aunty Denise Champion with Rosemary Dewerse: Ngalakanha Muda: Liberating Christ from missionary confines
10. D’Orsa Therese: Mission education – committing to God’s Kingdom in a wounded globalised world
11. Fox-Robinson James: A dialogue between contemplative spiritual practice and contemporary models of mission within the framework of a Franciscan standpoint epistemology
12. Hibbert Evelyn (with Richard Hibbert ): Developing leaders in marginalised minority groups: Issues and challenges
13. Jennings Nelson: ‘God’s love song for the nations’: Onnuri church’s ‘Love Sonata’ ‘Cultural evangelism gatherings’ in Japan
14. Jesutunwase Jones: (with Enegho Felix): Abuse of power and Christian mission in Nigeria’s vulnerable and pluralistic society
15. Jetty Santha: Strengthening accompaniment relationships: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its global mission partners in the Asia and Pacific region
16. Kiamu Nelson: Mission and the wounds of war: An exploration of mission trends during Liberia’s civil crisis and the Ebola epidemic
17. Kyei Solomon (with Ayisi Mabel Darkwaah): Christian Response to Social Injustice – A Consideration of a Holistic Approach
18. Lee Byunghok: A Korean missional church as a public companion in the Korean civil society
19. Lee Peter: Co-creators of hybrid cultures: Asian missionaries in multicultural teams of “Western” mission organizations
20. Lilleaasen Robert: Reintroducing the Church to mission
21. Lugazia Faith: The mission of the Church in mitigating human trafficking: an East African concern
22. Ngcobo Themba: An encounterology between African metaphysics and reformed faith
23. Noble Tim: Mission in the Czech Republic: a hope-full walk in the desert
24. Odubena Samuel: Magi-in-manger outreach: A missional strategy for church planting in wounded urban slums of Lagos, Nigeria
25. Petraru Gheorghe: The priest in the Orthodox community and the cross of his mission
26. Rooms Nigel: Beholding: recovering the apophatic as a stance for Christian communities engaging in mission
27. Silberman Tim: Networks to the nations: Christian communities, relational networks and mission
28. Sin Matthew: An imagination of a new missional Church paradigm for transforming theological education in Hong Kong
29. Song Hoon: Critical assessment of conservative churches’ mission policy for North Korean defectors: from an approach of Christian theology of memory, justice, and reconciliation
30. Soreng Ignatius: Victims of development – a story of tribal mission in Sundargarh district of Odisha, India
31. Sultan Pervaiz: Christian communities and mission: a case study of Christian villages and Christian Bastis in Pakistan
32. Taylor Lynne: Beyond faithful presence: exploring the Missio Dei as a framework for chaplaincy ministry
33. Taylor Steve (with Johnston Mark): The Missio Dei embodied in local community ministry in Scotland
34. Toren-Lekkerkerker van den Berdine: Ambivalent belonging: relating and collaborating in a world of inequalities
35. Weerakoon Kamal: Mission in a hybridised world: the experiences of Christian migrants from India and Sri Lanka to Australia
36. Ybarrola Steven: Immigration and social imaginaries: the power of perception in the treatment of vulnerable populations
(13 papers, 13 presenters)
1. Babu Sukumar: Problems, prospects and possibilities of oral history: A missiological conundrum
2. Climenhaga Alison: “I want to be a convinced and influential Catholic”: Catholic action, lay activism, and Church-society relations in Uganda, 1930-1990
3. Howell Allison: Christian response to social turmoil in Garanganze (DRC): an assessment
4. Kach Allison: Dissenters and friends: the Doukhobor migration of 1898
5. Murad Abraham: Religious conversion en masse: an ‘untouchable’ caste and missionary intervention in colonial Punjab 1870-1930
6. Nongbri Blatei: Colonialism and indigenous vulnerabilities: missionaries’ intervention in the context of the Khasis of North East India
7. Prins Aaldert: "Alone We Can Do Little; Together We Can Do So Much”
8. Rutherford Taunalyn: The Changing Dimensions of Reception Narratives from Bombay to Mumbai
9. Sellan Yesan: Indigenous Indian mission agencies among vulnerable people groups and importance of documentation and archives for sustaining vernacular stories and languages
10. Skreslet Paula: “Library without walls” -- digitizing a unique historical collection
11. Skreslet Stanley: Accounting for missionary initiative and indigenous agency in the history of modern missions
12. Wang Jonathan: Humiliation or Xiuru in the relationship between missionaries and Chinese Christians: A case study of South China Mission of the Southern Baptist Convention at the beginning of the twentieth century
13. Wingeier-Rayo Philip: The global spread of Methodism in the 18th and 19th century: mission from the vulnerable to the vulnerable
Gender and Mission (GM)
(21 papers, 22 presenters)
1. Dewerse Rosemary: Te Riu Whakaoreore: A deep feminine heritage affirmed by indigenous wisdom births renewed and innovating missional commitment
2. Dzubinski Leanne: Moving towards equality: Understanding gender bias barriers against women missionaries
3. Gnanapragasam Lazar: Mission in a wounded world: the plight of migrant women today
4. Gooden Rosalind: Contact and care: Bertha Tuck and Namasudra widows
5. Hadia Herlina: Lipa Songke: women and evangelization
6. Hibbert Evelyn: The Angelina Noble Centre: Prising open a space for women missions researchers
7. Hill Graham (with Kim Grace): Asian Australian women in mission: experiences, inequalities, and the future
8. Hilton Rebecca: Why have women been largely omitted from the history of Australian Baptist Foreign Mission?
9. Hine Cathy: Sacred space and stories: embracing vulnerability in mission ‘When Women Speak …’
10. Kim Eunha: Toward ensuring an inclusive leadership in church and society
11. Lalruatsaki Mimi: God’s liberated women in a wounded world: Quest for gender justice with special reference to the Mizo women in India
12. Lee Seonyi: Statue of peace in a wounded world
13. Maros Susan: Women processing ministry calling at the intersection of gender, class, and ethnicity
14. Meehyun Chung: Empowering mission: mission of Dandelions
15. Nweke Kizito: The gender narrative of mutual enrichment: gender dynamics among the Igbos
16. Paik Inha: Constructing a missional hermeneutic for equipping Korean women's self-determination
17. Sekhar Chandra: Dalitt women in Christianity: Telugu Bible women as teachers of wisdom
18. Shingange Themba: Mission as dismantling powers, inequalities and vulnerabilities of persons identifying with the concept of non-normative sexualities: A post-heteronormative ungendered mission praxis
19. Smith Susan: Modern and marginalised: urban women in Pakistan
20. Tombs David: A contextual Bible study response to mission in a wounded world: Matthew 27:26-31
21. Uchem Rose: Bullying among adult female Christian groups in south-eastern Nigeria: lessons from current child protection initiatives in mission
Interreligious Studies and Mission (ISM)
(27 papers, 27 presenters)
1. Aaron M: The eye, jinn spirits, and the dynamics of the interpersonal realm: exploring a Biblical idiom in an African Muslim context
2. Behera Marina: Mizo Christian encounter with Muslim labourers: A case of the Ramhlun Masihi Sangeethi Kendra
3. Cardoza Carlos: What does Jesus do in the world of the spirits
4. Catalano Roberto: The experience of interfaith dialogue: an answer to a wounded and vulnerable world
5. Chamwama Edith Kayeli: Cremation as a challenge to contextual expression of Christianity in modern Kenya
6. Edwin Victor: Valley of tears: the mission of the Church among the suffering people of Kashmir
7. Gobu Gangri: Lonely path on the Snow Mountain: a practitioner’s reflection on ministering to the poor and vulnerable in a Sinicized Tibet 2005-2020
8. Goh Paul: Toward an interreligious theology of mission in relation to Christian-Buddhist dialogue
9. Hazra Ajit: Developing a multi-faith approach to address the protection of children from violence and abuse: A case study from Nepal
10. Hyun Hanna: The study on the Samaritans' faith in the Messiah in the context of early Christians and its correlation with the Ebionites' Christology and missional applications to Muslims
11. Iwamony Rachel: Being Christians in a multi religious society: an Indonesian perspective
12. Jesutunwase Jones: Missiological issues in Christian-Muslim dialogue in the Nigerian context
13. Karkkainen Veli-Matti: The suffering and flourishing of nature: in search of a “Common green missiology”. A comparative exercise between Christian and Buddhist resources
14. Kgatla S T: Mission in a “narcissised” context: the dynamics of “post-truth era to mission”
15. Le Duc Anthony: The Church’s mission of dialogue in the digital age
16. Lee Kyunghee: Jesus, the Sophia: The interreligious approach toward a non-western Feministic Christology
17. Longkumer Atola: Inclusion of the wounded: interreligious studies and the Adivasi people in India
18. Mbaya Henry: Power, poverty and economic marginalisation: SAFCEI’s advocacy role towards state’s environmental policy in global economic perspectives
19. McInerney Patrick: Trinitarian relations: opening the way to receptivity?
20. Munyao Martin: What can the Evangelicals learn from Muslim migrants? The intersectionality between migration, inter-faith and religious extremism
21. Navaretnam Antony: Interreligious dialogue: necessary condition for mission in Asia
22. Nduto Steven: Inculturation and liberation in Africa: a form of religious diplomacy with a push to reclaiming the African identity
23. Panadan Jose: Christianity as THE WAY – An alternate model of evangelization
24. Pruiksma Nienke: Missio Dei and the Milpa. Mission and indigenous knowledge for the majority world in a time of climate crisis
25. Sudhiarsa Raymundus: Migrants and their living faith. An Indonesia experience
26. Swami Muthuraj: Christian mission as invitation
27. Try Torstein: Transforming friendships: friendship as a vehicle for religious change and mutual recognition between Christians and Muslims.
Pentecostal/Charismatic Expressions in World Christianity (PEWC)
(16 papers, 16 presenters)
1. Adedibu Babatunde: Religious networking and power dynamics between historic denominations and African Pentecostal churches in London
2. Akwu Samuel: History and impact of Pentecostalism in the Nigerian society
3. Asamoah-Gyadu Kwabena: “Sowing into the anointing”: charisma, money and vulnerability in contemporary African Pentecostalism
4. Ayisi Mabel: Pentecostalism and challenges to mission in today’s socio-culturally sensitive globalized word: lessons from Debiso
5. Benyah Francis: Healing the incurable? Prayer camps and the HIV menace in Ghana
6. Enegho Felix: Christian mission, fundamentalism and religious freedom in Nigeria
7. Fabunmi Samuel: The Redeemed Christian Church of God: Christian social responsibility on healthcare services to the poor and vulnerable and its implications for sustainable development in Nigeria
8. Fatokun Samson: Abuse of power in African Pentecostalism and its implications for mission expansion in Africa
9. Habarurema Viateur: God, wealth provider and healer: experiences from Pentecostal Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa
10. Kotieno Ishmael: Religious dynamics of the Luo people: some missiological, theological and pastoral challenges facing the Church among the Luo community in Kenya
11. Lalnuntluanga John: Spiritually empowered yet socially disenfranchised: the stigmatization of Pentecostals in Mizo Christianity
12. Laughlin Peter: Missions motivation in post-premillennial Evangelicalism. A case study in the 21st century Christian and Missionary Alliance
13. Prosen Martina: Worship as affective bodily practice
14. Riches Tanya: “Hillsong is a white church”: transnational missional flows with megachurch millennials
15. Wang Eunhee: Holistic liberation of LGBTQ Christians and a wounded world: beyond the ‘Band-Aid Identity’
16. Yang Xiaoli: ‘Let the wind blow’: spiritual direction as a way of witnessing the movement of the Spirit in Asia
Religious Freedom, Persecution and Mission (RFPM)
(19 papers, 19 presenters)
1. Austin Rahat: Mission strategies in Islamic world. Past, present and future: Evaluation and way forward (Pakistan Case study)
2. Copeland Micheal: Repression, regulation, and respite: the People’s Republic of China’s cyclical interaction with religion and Chinese Christianity
3. Edwards Joel: FORB as a call to mission [FoRB – Freedom of religion and belief]
4. Eshete Tibebe: Resistance, resilience, re-direction: the trajectories of Pentecostalism in Ethiopia
5. Fransson Gustav: The consequences of immorality and the possibilities of ecumenics: how Swedish arms export cause ecumenical flourishing in Sweden
6. Herefoss Vija: “Hard pressed on every side, but not crushed”: Christian women negotiating their role in mission and church ministry in the context of persecution
7. Hulsman Cornelis: The effect of disputed population data on discussions on Religious freedom, persecution and mission
8. Kim Jean: Dasan Jeong yag yong’s vulnerability as a Catholic, and Confucian internalization of his faith under the Catholic Persecution of Joseon
9. Mathew Abraham: Locating Christian mission in India in the context of Hindutva
10. Mekonnen Daniel: The Tension between European values of Christianity and the urge to criminalise humanitarianism
11. Michael Sebastian: Power, inequalities and vulnerabilities: a case study of violence against Christians in India
12. Nandrup Ingebjørg: Forced happiness? Joy, suffering and European deficiencies
13. Ramachandran Jayakumar: Power and power confronting in the transformation-journey in Christ Jesus in the South Asian context of religious freedom
14. Ross Kenneth: Mission in a Wounded Country: South Sudan
15. Sauer Christof: Vulnerabilities of Christian converts from Islam seeking asylum in Europe
16. Thanuzraj Lazar: Nationalism, Christians and freedom in India
17 Varughese John: Religious freedom: starting with human dignity rather than human right
18. Vysotskaya Anneta: On the way to spiritual transformation: Discipleship of Muslim background female believers under pressure in Central Asia
19. West Amy: The Persecuted: missional focus in adverse circumstances.
Theology of Mission (TM)
(34 papers, 34 presenters)
1. Alva Reginald: Integral human development and Christian mission
2. Arulampalam Stephen: In search for a relevant missiology for persons with disabilities
3. Awudi Emmanuel: “To us a theology is born, to us a theology is given”: the reception of ecotheology in African Pentecostalism
4. Bargar Pavol: Empowering the powerless: exploring resources for mission in vulnerability
5. Baron Eugene: If Steve Biko were to be a ‘Christian’: his contribution to ethnic reconciliation
6. Bevans Steve: Maximum Illud: Challenges then, challenges for the Church today
7. Catalano Roberto: Rooted in tradition and empathically open to all people: Pope Francis’ paradigm of mission
8. Cornford Jonathan: Saved from capitalism?
9. Csiszar Klara: Globalization of love. The existential impact of mission today
10. Da Costa Albano: The notion of interculturality: a postcolonial critique
11. De Boer Tjeerd: The Myanmar context of mission-shaped ethnic identities. Examples of doctoral theses as contributions to the development of an inter-contextual theology of mission
12. Deressa Samuel: The New phase of Christianity and its implication for the global conversation about mission
13. Eriksen Stian: (In)equality and (vulner)ability in mission? An analysis and discussion of power-relations between majority churches and migrant churches in the Norwegian church landscape
14. Gorski Ian: Ecology in the Evangelisation mission of the Church: Roman Catholic perspective
15. Helle Jukka: Call for radical conversion in the thought of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC)
16. Hyun Hanna: The 21st servanthood leaderships in a changing theological learning environment: Based on a case study of a flipped classroom in a practical theology
17. Iwuchukwu Marinus: Inclusive religious pluralism as an imperative tool for redressing the inequalities, hate and marginalization created by Christian missionaries in different parts of the globe
18. Joseph Jacob: ‘Patristic symbiosis’ – Beyond neo-patristic synthesis: A methodological inquiry of the Orthodox theology of margins
19. Jukko Risto: From Busan to Arusha, and beyond: a shift from pneumatology to vulnerable discipleship
20. Kääriäinen Jukka: Luther’s Christian anthropology as pastoral care for the wounds of shame
21. Kalliath Anthony: Missional vulnerability: Christian witnessing in ‘Brave New World’
22. Labuschagne Pieter: When the wounded becomes the healer: mission in a wounded world
23. Lee Dae Sung: “A Cappella” as a paradigm of mission for the future (and of the past): reflections on the mission through chaplaincy in Korea
24. Longkumer Akumla: Interrogating vulnerabilities of India’s indigenous people: towards a holistic missiological paradigm
25. Mbongo Jean Baptiste: Redefining panta ta ethne in the urban context in Africa for a missional leadership
26. Nweke Kizito: Christomatric: doctrine and dialogue in proclaiming Christ in an age of spiritualities
27. Oh Robert: The role of patron as father and Gap and Eul relationship in Cambodia
28. Opie Andrew: Witness flows through weakness
29. Park Joon Sik: The worldwide nature of the United Methodist Church: a missiological reflection
30. Ramambason Laurent: Solutions and/or becoming new. The freedom of savees and the humility of the Savior
31. Ross Cathy: Lament and hope: “There are things that can be seen only with eyes that have cried.”
32. Vallejo Rafael: Refugees and resistance: enacting God’s mission in liminal spaces
33. Verster Pieter: The Spirit and the cross: An answer to the deep struggling world of poverty and injustices
34. Wachsmuth Melody: Theologizing trauma in Roma Christian Communities as an orientation toward missional praxis.
• All names are ordered by family name coming first.
• Please note Study Groups' abbreviations: they will appear in the Conference Programme, in the section where all presentations will be distributed in the different session rooms.
Titles of Thematic Panels
and of paper presentations within the panels
1. Author-meets-critics: The World Christian Encyclopedia, 3rd edition
Convenor: Gina Zurlo
Panel includes 4 panelists.
2. Baptism and migration dynamics in the worldwide church and societies: powers, wounds, and vulnerability
Convenor: Dororottya Nagy
Panel includes 3 panelists.
The Panel seeks to explore three dimensions of baptism and migration dynamics:
2. ecumenical, and
3. Bridging gaps in mission studies and intercultural theology: addressing powers, inequalities and vulnerabilities through intercultural research, resourcing and theological formation
Convenor: Benno van den Toren
Panel includes 3 panelists.
1. An innovative course on world Christianity: the GoGlobal course
2. A collaborative research project: ‘Science and religion in French-speaking Africa’ (2014-2019)
3. A collaborative resourcing project: ‘Global Christianity at your fingertips - providing online access to global Christian theology, starting with Africa’ (2018-2021)
4. Chinese Missiology
Convenors: Xiaoli Yang and Daryl Ireland
Panel includes 12 panelists.
1. Internalized racism and colonial mentality in Chinese Australian Christians and its mission impact
2. Race, ethnicity and the mission of God: mainland Chinese identity in a divided and broken world
3. Silent and vocal: Christian funerals, a unique form of mission
4. The power of the cross in China
5. An exploration of a Chinese migrant’s poetic journey - towards a Chinese theology of displacement
6. Making Nanyang a ‘Chinese’ mission field: Chinese Evangelical missionaries to Southeast Asia, 1920s to 1950s
7. Caught in the crossfire of war: Australian women in early modern China (2 presenters)
8. A reflection on the Chinese Christian identity by comparing three Chinese leaders’ attitudes toward the missions during the anti-Christian movement
9. Challenges and opportunities of Han Christian diffusion among Uyghur Muslims
10. Mission to the marginalized – contextual evangelism of the Australian Chinese community
11. Sinicization in reverse: the acceptance of Christianity as a Chinese religion
12. Medical missions in fractured Chinese settings: the vulnerabilities endured by Dr. Kao Gin-Cheng (1888-1938)
5. Christianity in India: a rapidly changing context
Convenor: Dyron Daughrity
Panel includes 4 panelists.
1. Political friction, missions, and theological education in India’s far northeast corner.
2. The impact of the missionary legacy on the rights of Dalit converts in contemporary India.
3. The conversion debate in India at the cross roads of pluralistic consciousness.
4. Christian Mission in transition: Indian experiences and religious nationalism.
6. Disability encountering mission
Convenor: Katharina Peetz
Panel includes 4 panelists.
1. Exploring disability missiology
2. Embodying cross-cultural inclusive mission
3. Are we too blind to see? Christoffel’s dedication to the blind
4. To live a full life: African women theologies of disability and mission
7. “Learning to leave, leaving to learn”: Australian perspectives on capacity building for effective intercultural mission in the 21st Century
Convenor: David Turnbull
Panel includes 3 panelists.
1. History of preparing for intercultural engagement beyond the cultural focus on the cognitive and rational
2. Clergy and capacity building for intercultural engagement in multiethnic communities
3. Self-sacrifice in trainee missionaries. The challenge of turning risk-averse, self-centered consumer Christians into radical witnesses ready for costly service
8. Missiological research in a wounded world
Convenor: Richard Starcher
Panel includes 3 panelists.
1. An overview of qualitative and ethnographic missiological research, as distinct from humanities research; three main stages of qualitative research: planning, conducting, and publishing the study.
2. Culturally responsive, relational, and reflexive research (CRRE): collecting data “with” people, incl. among vulnerable populations (e.g., children, refugees, abused individuals)
3. Writing up and publishing the CRRE research.
9. Missions industry: Challenging hegemonic inequalities of sexism, paternalism, and anti-environmentalism
Convenor: Leanne Dzubinski
Panel includes 3 panelists.
1. Women in modern mission: equal partners for the Gospel.
2. From barriers to possibilities: a problematization of the western missions industry.
3. Environmental stewardship and (evangelical) mission.
10. New methods in mission studies
Convenor: Danny Hunter
Panel includes 5 panelists.
1. Danny Hunter: Developments in Systems Theory in Sociology and their Implications for Missiology.
2. Geoff Whiteman: Utilizing Online Platforms for Missiological Research.
3. Shawn Behan: Theological Biography as a Constructive Exercise for Practical Theology and Missiology.
4. Nagy Dorottya: Mainstreaming Methodological Commitments?! Narrativity and normativity in mission studies
5. John Flett: title forthcoming, but will address the transmission of new research techniques into educational settings.
11. One message, two directions: Interactions between missionaries and mission recipients in and out of Japan
Convenor: Christian Hermansen
Panel includes 4 panelists.
1. Expectation versus Reality: inherent vulnerability in sending “natives” overseas for education.
2. On the wisdom of sending “natives” overseas for education and questions about loyalty as well as marriage.
3. Relationship between American and Japanese Christian missionaries.
4. How missions played a key role in assisting the Nikkei to resettle outside the incarceration camps and to rebuild their lives and civil rights.
12. Powers, inequalities and vulnerabilities in historical and contemporary Orthodox missionary contexts
Convenor: Alison Kolosova
Panel includes 8 panelists.
1. Two centuries of opposing oppression, injustice and exploitation in Alaska: the Orthodox mission 1794-2014
2. The power of vulnerability. A missionary approach from the perspective of Orthodox spirituality
3. The vulnerabilities of a majority. The case of the Romanian Orthodox Church
4. The lack of global Orthodox missionary engagement and what the laboratory of American Orthodoxy suggests
5. From British Protestants to Eastern Orthodox Christians in Kenya: power and colonialism in the 20th century Orthodox Church in Africa
6. Orthodox missions in Africa: a call to respond to power, inequalities and vulnerabilities in modern Africa
7. Power and vulnerability in relations between mission and state in Russia's Volga-Kama region, 1860-1930
8. Ministry of mission in a wounded society and the structure of the Church: from a hierarchical establishment and religious organization towards a network of friendship circles, communities and brotherhoods
13. Public missiology: An introduction
Convenor: Gregory Leffel
Panel includes 6 panelists.
1. Do the rapid pace of the world’s transformation and the compounding crises driving it threaten to overwhelm missiology’s theoretical and programmatic capacities as it is currently practiced?
2. Can it adequately grasp the emerging world situation, its evolving crises and the loss of historical frames of reference and social imaginaries?
3. Can it provide adequate guidance for missionary practice and fresh formulations of missiological theology as new, myriad (often problematic) public orders emerge?
4. Does it resonate elsewhere in other contexts (in addition to its North American context)?
5. What other experiences and perspectives are needed to round out the public missiology paradigm in order to represent a fully ecumenical perspective?
6. Is now the time for public missiology?
14. Recovering the place of God’s people who are wounded, vulnerable, powerless and disabled in Missio Dei
Convenor: Samuel Wan
Panel includes 4 panelists.
1. “They also serve who only stand and wait”: Missio Dei and the exclusion of the blemished priest in Leviticus 21
2. The disabled body: the theological movement of disability from exclusion to inclusion to empowerment in the New Testament
3. “Those who evangelise us.” A practical theological dialogue between the missiological ecclesiology of Lesslie Newbigin and missiological anthropology of Jean Vanier
4. “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Full inclusion of brothers and sisters with a disability in Missio Dei: gleanings from the field
15. Refaithing work: powers, inequalities and vulnerabilities in the wounded world of work
Convenor: Darren Cronshaw
Panel includes 10 panelists.
1. Formed to be on a mission for God in the workplace: doctors and teachers’ perspectives.
2. The week day church as a hermeneutic of the gospel: an action research project integrating faith and work in a local church.
3. Theology of work: eschatology, co-creativity and the pneumatological impetus.
4. Reading Paul in a disrupted age.
5. Humanizing work in a technologized/robotizing, precarious world.
6. Forming ready participants in an available Kingdom: refaithing our work in light of the Gospel Jesus preached.
7. Formation for vocation: An emerging role for theological education in a post church world.
8. Transforming old and new dualisms: patriarchy, work, whiteness, and mission in cruciform perspective.
9. Hospital chaplaincy: a case study.
10. Creating unrest and resisting complacency, the missiological call to action: How can an inherited ecclesiastical institution respond to this call?
16. Reimagining mission
Convenor: Jose Luis Casal
Panel includes 4 panelists.
1. From “sending” to ”sharing” - Reimagining Mission.
2. The Global North as the new mission field.
3. Deconstructing Oppression in the context of Mission.
4. Mission as a mechanism to build the Shalom of the city.