Christian mission has often been a project allied with colonial powers and conquests. Contemporary theologies of Christian mission, however, call for a new approach. In Eyes from the Outside, Kim Lamberty suggests using the metaphor of "accompaniment" to describe one such approach to Christian mission. She explores international protective accompaniment--eyes from the outside--as a constructive way to do Christian mission in conflict zones. Christian missionaries today frequently find themselves in isolated and poverty-stricken parts of the globe, places where violence is common. Based on a case study in Colombia, Eyes from the Outside argues that international protective accompaniment empowers communities, reduces the risk of violence, and corresponds with contemporary theologies of mission.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Kim Lamberty brings a lifetime of experience to this fascinating book. Her voice is not only her own however, but the many people among whom she has lived and served--those whom she quotes directly, and those whom she echoes in the gentle way in which the book is written. Putting her experience in dialogue with contemporary thinking and practice of mission, she has given new depth to the understanding of mission as accompaniment." --Stephen Bevans, Louis J. Luzbetak, Professor of Mission and Culture, Catholic Theological Union, Illinois
"Kim Lamberty has done missiology a great service by providing a dynamic theology of accompaniment, based on her own experience and the best of current missiological thinking. It will be of great benefit to all who practice this form of Christian discipleship." --Robert Schreiter, author of The New Catholicity
Kim Marie Lamberty
Dr. Kim Lamberty works for Catholic Relief Services to strengthen the global mission programs of Catholic institutions. She is also co-founder and president of Just Haiti, Inc. She has accompanied at-risk communities and human rights workers in Colombia, Haiti, Guatemala, Palestine, the US-Mexico border, and the former Soviet Union.