Orthodox Perspectives on Mission is both a humble tribute to some great Orthodox theologians, who in the past have provided substantial contribution to contemporary missiological and ecumenical discussions, and an Orthodox input to the upcoming 2013 Busan WCC General Assembly. There is a long history of similar contributions by the Orthodox before all the major ecumenical events. The collected volume is divided into two parts: Part I under the subtitle The Orthodox Heritage consists of a limited number of representative Orthodox missiological contributions of the past, whereas Part II includes all the papers presented in the Plenary of the recent Edinburgh 2010 conference, as well as the short studies and contributions prepared during the Edinburgh 2010 ongoing study process.
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Since the late nineteenth century, and more recently through the World Council of Churches, Orthodox and Western leaders have engaged in fruitful dialogue resulting in the development of the prevailing missio Dei paradigm. Orthodox theologians' critique of the Western missionary enterprise often arises from bitter experience of being targets of it and has challenged Western mission practice to demonstrate humility and solidarity and to be theologically based. Many Orthodox churches are oppressed minorities, and few have the resources to publish internationally, so we are deeply grateful to Professor Vassiliadis for bringing together this wonderful collection of key and authoritative sources for Orthodox missiology and for so ably setting the context in his Introduction. This will be a rare and invaluable sourcebook for many years to come. --His Beatitude Patriarch of Romania Daniel
Orthodox Perspectives on Mission is a significant collection of essays highlighting the distinctive and creative contributions of Orthodox Christians to both missiology and ecumenical witness. The first part contains classic essays from a number of contemporary Orthodox theologians. These contributions point to the self understanding of the Orthodox especially in light of ecumenical dialogues and interfaith discussions. The second part includes presentations from the Edinburgh Conference of 2010 as well as other papers related to this meeting. This collection is a valuable resource for those concerned with the relationship between mission and ecumenism as well as the broader engagement of the Orthodox Christianity and the Christian West. --Thomas Fitzgerald, Th.D., Professor of Church History and Historical Theology Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
Petros Vassiliadis is Emeritus Professor of New Testament and Inter-Faith Dialogue at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, former CWME Commissioner and Honorary President of WOCATI.