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UnitingWorld : Partnership for effective involvement in mission including development

Enright, Kerry and Ware,V 2012, UnitingWorld : Partnership for effective involvement in mission including developmentMission and development : God's work or good works?, Continuum Publishing, London, England, pp.167-188.

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Title UnitingWorld : Partnership for effective involvement in mission including development
Author(s) Enright, Kerry
Ware,VORCID iD for Ware,V
Title of book Mission and development : God's work or good works?
Publication date 2012
Chapter number 10
Total chapters 11
Start page 167
End page 188
Total pages 22
Publisher Continuum Publishing
Place of Publication London, England
Summary This chapter argues that, both theologically and practically, development is a form of mission and therefore dividing 'mission' and 'development' is artificial. A theological understanding of mission clearly incorporates upholding rights especially of people most excluded and vulnerable, the core task of development.One church agency involved in both development and supporting partners in communicating the gospel is UnitingWorld – the national agency of the Uniting Church in Australia responsible for international partnerships including development. The Uniting Church was formed in 1977 from the merging of three denominations, all of which had a long history of overseas engagement – for example with Fiji since 1844 and Korea since 1889. Such partnerships have endured and spread to the point where the Uniting Church now has thirty six formal partners, mainly in the Pacific and Asia.Over the past 20 years, a range of social trends, such as decolonisation, climate change, and increased global commitment to justice, as well as changes in missiological thinking, have influenced collaboration with indigenous churches as well as organisations not explicitly Christian.Recolonising approaches by international inter-government bodies and by the Australian government through promoting predominantly western neo-liberal economic values to neighbours, invites the church to collaborate in valuing partner cultures, spiritualities, values and world-views. For UnitingWorld this is most evident in its Pacific engagement, especially with programs arising from the Pacific Conference of Churches.These factors have further relativised the tensions between what was seen as “mission” and what was seen as “development”. Evangelism as communication of good news exhibits a different hue – now coming out of the natural conversations between partners and speaking of God’s life- giving alternatives to destructive social and economic models. Whilst development is inherent in mission, the major challenge faced by UnitingWorld is with Protestant partners strongly influenced by an era of church teaching that emphasised personal commitment tied to distinctive religious expressions.In this chapter we use case studies from the Pacific to show how UnitingWorld is partnering with a range of church and other organisations to support people in exercising their rights and re-engaging Australian church communities in this task.
ISBN 9781441182630
Language eng
Field of Research 220405 Religion and Society
160512 Social Policy
160101 Anthropology of Development
Socio Economic Objective 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
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