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Offending for the Right Reason: Christian Mission in a Post-Colonial World
Wed. 26 April 2017, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm AEST
As the colonial era began to crumble in the 1960s, many Westerners believed that Christian mission had been an imperialistic tool of colonialism and should also end.
And yet, the growth and distribution of the world’s Christian population is now shifting away from Global North countries (typically North America, Europe, Australia, Japan and New Zealand). An increasingly post-Western Christianity has embraced active mission, and is flourishing because of it.
This free public lecture will acknowledge cultural mistakes made by missionaries in the colonial era, and point to reasons that God’s mission in the world is still alive and well.
The work of Australian missiological anthropologist, Alan Tippett, will also be noted as a model of doing mission in a post-colonial world. St Mark’s National Memorial Library is home to Alan Tippett’s personal collection of books and his life’s work. A special exhibition featuring some of his work will be available after the lecture.