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The peaceful revolutions in Eastern Europe, anti-colonialism in Africa and Asia and Tiananmen protests in China marked a turning tide of global faith, says a mission theologian.
Christian mission workers from the global South find it hard to break into the "closed societies" of the North, Tanzanian church leader the Rev Fidon R. Mwombeki says.
Dr John Sentamu issued a reminder at the closing worship service of the Edinburgh 2010 conference that the verdict on Christianity rests on the shoulders of its adherents.
"Good" and "bad" evangelism came under the spotlight when a diverse group of Christians met to discuss the legacy of the 1910 Edinburgh Missionary Conference 100 years later.
Christian mission is about sharing both spiritual and material goods, the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches said, preaching in Edinburgh on Sunday 6 June.
Engagement with other churches has helped Catholic bishops educated in a dated “theology of exclusion” to move towards a genuine “ecumenical commitment”, Edinburgh 2010 observers have heard.
The concluding worship and reflection from the Edinburgh 2010 conference on world Christianity and its future will be broadcast live on the internet at 3pm today, Sunday 6 June.
Bishop Geevarghese Mor Coorilos has spoken at the Edinburgh 2010 conference about a lack of courage and commitment on the part of many churches to address issues of global justice.
Pope Benedict XVI has sent a formal greeting to delegates, visitors and staff attending the Edinburgh 2010 event exploring world Christianity and its mission in the modern world.
The most effective means for 21st-century mission will be found in attitudes of “hope and humility”, a US professor has told the Edinburgh 2010 world Christianity gathering.