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Uncovering Issues of Race in Mission Studies

2 Jul 2021

At the World Missionary Conference in Edinburgh in 1910, race was the main way in which people were differentiated and white supremacy was assumed. However, one hundred years later, the centenary project Edinburgh2010 hardly referred to race directly. This lacuna is all the more surprising since a decade later, in 2020, race and white supremacy came into the open once again in the context of Black Lives Matter and the killing of George Floyd. Moreover, the Covid‐19 pandemic has exposed the deep inequities and prejudices in Western society and societies globally, many of which can be attributed to racialization. This talk seeks to uncover some of the reasons for the lack of attention to race as an issue at Edinburgh in 2010 and asks what needs to happen going forward to address race explicitly in missiology and in mission.

Kirsteen Kim (PhD, Birmingham) holds the Paul E. Pierson Chair in World Christianity at Fuller Theological Seminary, California, where she also serves as associate Dean for the Center for Missiological Research.

A native of Britain, her theological and missiological inspiration comes from living in South Korea and India, and other significant intercultural experience. She was the research coordinator for the Edinburgh 2010 project and vice moderator of the World Council of Churches’ Commission on World Mission and Evangelism.

Among her many publications, Joining in with the Spirit (SCM, 2012) is an introduction to mission studies. A monograph on theology of mission and a handbook on mission studies are currently with the respective publishers.

Event Details & Registration

This event will be held in-person at Whitley College, and online via Zoom, from 11am to 12.30pm on Friday, 2 July, 2021.

To register for this FREE event, please email A Zoom Link will be provided for each person registering before 28th June 2021