Mission and Money

Christian Mission in the Context of Global Inequalities 


Mission and Money; Christian Mission in the Context of Global Inequalities offers academic discussion about the mission of the Church in the context of contemporary economic inequalities globally, challenging the reader to reconsider mission in the light of existing poverty, and investigating how economic structures could be challenged in the light of ethical and spiritual considerations. The book includes contributions on the subjects of poverty and inequality from the theologians, economists and anthropologists who gave keynote presentations at the European Missiological Conference (IAMS Europe) that took place in April 2014 in Helsinki, Finland. This conference was a major step forward in terms of discussion between missiologists and economists on global economic structures and their influence on human dignity.

Contributors are: Mari-Anna Auvinen-Pöntinen, Stephen B. Bevans, Jonathan J. Bonk, Ulrich Duchrow, Jonas Adelin Jørgensen, Vesa Kanniainen, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Tinyiko Sam Maluleke, Gerrie Ter Haar, Evi Voulgaraki-Pissina, Mika Vähäkangas, Felix Wilfred.

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Mari-Anna Auvinen-Pöntinen, Ph.D. (2011), University of Eastern Finland, is General Secretary of the Finnish Ecumenical Council. She has published articles and editions concerning mission, power-relations, culture and gender. Her monograph is entitled African Theology as Liberating Wisdom (Brill, 2013).

Jonas Adelin Jørgensen, Ph.D. (2006), University of Copenhagen, is missiologist and has been researching intercultural theology and the global spread of Christianity in the 20th Century. He serves as external lecturer at the University of Copenhagen and as General Secretary of the Danish Mission Council. He has published Jesus Imandars and Christ Bhaktas (Peter Lang Verlag, 2008).

"The book offers academic discussion on the topic of tackling contemporary global economic inequalities in the light of missional, ethical and spiritual considerations.(...) The reader gets a distinct feeling of the evident vibrancy of the conference as it broke ground in the field, exploring new ways to tackle difficulties regarding mission and money in the future. The book is a worthwhile read for academics and laypersons, as well as secularists wishing to understand where it would be fruitful to dig into the topic and contribute." Maria Gruber Wikström, in: Exchange Vol. 45 (2016)

Introduction - Jonas Adelin Jørgensen and Mari-Anna Auvinen-Pöntinen
Introducing Authors

Part I
A Challenge of Theological-Missiological Reflection on Money and Mobility in the Globalizing World - Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen

Part II
Ethics and Global Economics - Vesa Kanniainen
Asian Perspectives on Global Economic Inequality - Felix Wilfred
Christian Mission in a World under the Grip of an Unholy Trinity: Inequality, Poverty and Unemployment - Tinyiko Sam Maluleke
Poverty and Power: African Challenges to Christian Mission - Gerrie ter Haar
The Mission of the Church amidst European Social and Economic Crisis: The Case of Greece - Evi Voulgaraki-Pissina
Interreligious Liberation Theologies, Money and Just Relations - Ulrich Duchrow
Economic Development and Christian Mission: A Perspective from History of Mission - Jonathan J. Bonk

Part III
Mission and Money in Two Recent Mission Documents: The WCC’s Together towards Life and Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium - Stephen Bevans
Mission and Money—Mapping the Field - Mika Vähäkangas

All interested in missiology and its contemporary challenges regarding ethics of global economy, and anyone concerned with African or Asian studies.