Monday, June 28, 2010
In 1910 the First World Missionary Conference was held in Edinburgh and heralded the beginning of the ecumenical movement worldwide. This year, the World Missionary Conference Edinburgh 2010, marking the Centennial, closed in the same hallowed hall of the University of Edinburgh. Participants might have expected to be greeted by bagpipes and traditional Protestant songs. Instead, a combined African choir belonging to the three churches of Scotland welcomed them. This apparently insignificant detail becomes a symbol of the total revolution that has taken place in the missiology and ecclesiology of the last century. For starters, Edinburgh 2010 counted on the participation of groups that had never been invited: Pentecostals, Evangelicals, Orthodox, peoples of the "Global South", women, and youth.