Muff, County Donegal, near Derry, Ireland - A gathering of returned missionaries at the Island of Saints and Scholars Centre (IOSAS) recalled the long tradition of Irish people leaving families and friends and going overseas, for life, to bring the Gospel message of God's love and to build up the community of justice and faith.
Collections of books on anthropology, new religious movements, the history of Christian mission, various regions in Africa and Asia, and related subjects are being offered to interested libraries, institutions or individuals.
‘Following Jesus on the margins’ is the strapline of the Crucible course, now in its eighth year. Six weekends of training, based in Birmingham, offer church pioneers, church planters and urban missioners opportunities to learn together and share experiences.
Becoming a bishop is definitely not on my bucket list, writes the Rev Dr Jane Tillier. But she had hoped soon to see some of her gifted and experienced women colleagues take their place alongside the men in the currently all-male House of Bishops. We need to see men and women working together, she argues. Male and female made in the image of God and serving the loving, revolutionary, redemptive purposes of Jesus Christ in whom, the Bible tells us, “there is neither male nor female”.