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Missio Dei and the United States: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness

The United States continues to experience change in ways that are increasingly rapid and drastic. Such change is due to a number of factors, some of which include: shifts in religious adherence across the population; the impact of immigration since 1965; demographic changes among majority and minority groups; the simultaneous persistence and transformation of racial realities; increasing economic inequalities; more intense globalization; environmental change; cultural, political, and other forms of polarization; shifting populations from rural to urban areas; the changing nature of families; and prolonged engagement in various wars and civil strife in various parts of the world. Christians believe that God is at work in our context in ways that are both obvious and mysterious, to reconcile, redeem, save, and recreate humanity along with all creation. Through God’s grace, United Methodists, along with other Christians, are called to discern and participate in God’s mission in the world.

This book is the fruit of a colloquy sponsored by the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools, which convened at Boston School of Theology in November 2017.

Contributors: Peter J. Bellini, Paul W. Chilcote, Kenneth J. Collins, Timothy R. Eberhart, Thomas W. Elliott Jr., Robert Allan Hill, Robert Hunt, Arun W. Jones, M. Fulgence Nyengele, Luther Oconer, Hendrik R. Pieterse, Joerg Rieger, Elaine A. Robinson, David W. Scott, Mark R. Teasdale, Anne E. Streaty Wimberly, Edward P. Wimberly, Philip Wingeier-Rayo

Origins and Early Development of Missio Dei: A Missional Hermeneutic for Today

Missio Dei and the Wesleyan Mission-Church Paradigm

The Missio Dei in the USA: The Challenge of a Baffling Cultural and Political Context

New Birth toward a New Earth: Regenerative Mission for Planetary Renewal

Discipling as Missio Dei

“No Male and Female”: Ruminations on the New Creation

A Worldwide Church in Mission: International, Global, or Intercultural?

Healing and Evangelism in American Methodism: A Proposal

Perfect Love and Ubuntu: Building Empathic Community across Differences as a Dimension of Missio Dei

Missio Spiritus: A Pneumatological Framework for Missio Dei

Missio Dei: A Way Forward?

Reaching Out and Reaching In: Reflections on Mission in a Postcolonial Age

Reforming United Methodism: A Few Theses on Grace and the Call to Change

Immigrants and the Missio Dei in the United States

Apostolic Methodism: Continuity in Construction, Content, and Conversion

Missio Dei in an Age of Youth Disconnection from Church: A Vision for Ecclesial Response

A Wesleyan Missiology: Contributions of the Doctrines of Original Sin, Prevenient Grace, and Eschatology for a Missional Church