Wednesday, 2 June 2010

1910 conference celebrated at local venues

The 100th anniversary of the 1910 World Missionary Conference which saw 1200 delegates from all over the world gather in Edinburgh, is being marked this week by numerous events locally.

Edinburgh 2010 is being held at a range of venues, including St Peter's Episcopal Church in Lutton Place and Nicolson Square Methodist Church as well as the Pollock Halls (a ceilidh). Details of events can be found here.

Here is how Professor Andrew Walls described the significance of the original event.
"The World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh, 1910, has passed into Christian legend. It was a landmark in the history of mission; the starting point of the modern theology of mission; the high point of the Western missionary movement and the point from which it declined; the launch pad of the modern ecumenical movement; the point at which Christians first began to glimpse something of what a world church would look like."

The current event will attract fewer delegates and organising it has not been without some problems.

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