Solidarity, mutuality and accompaniment are vital to our relationships with international partners. But what do these terms mean? How can relationships of solidarity be realized in a world of vast imbalances, poverty, violence, and brokenness? These are the very conditions out of which many people in the U.S. and around the world encounter God’s presence and mission in the world.
Restoring Dignity, Nourishing Hope: Developing Mutuality in Mission is a new resource, produced by Global Ministries, to assist and guide churches as they seek to answer these difficult questions. Issues such as partnership, advocacy, short-term mission trips, community development, evangelism and interfaith dialogue, and fundraising are addressed. Each chapter contains questions for study and reflection as well as suggested resources for further engagement. Most of the contributors are Global Ministries’ partners or mission personnel who have had the privilege of living and serving cross-culturally.
We are called to serve alongside sisters and brothers in a very uneven world. Living in mutuality where we all can learn and share is difficult. Our hope is that this resource can help us all to walk in solidarity with others towards a more just and peaceful world.
Preface: Jim Moos and Julia Brown-Karimu
Introduction – Mission in the 21st Century by Carlos Cardoza
The Current Context of Mission
Chapter 1 – Partnership: Pitfalls and Possibilities by Prince Dibeela, Majaha Nhliziho and Jonathan Barnes.
Chapter 2 – Mission in a Globalized World by Beverly Mitchell
Chapter 3 – Receiving in Partnership: Opening Our Hearts by Gloria Vicente, Phyllis Byrd and Susan McNeely
Chapter 4 – Relationships: Why and How We Serve by Elena Huegel, Judy Chan and Jeffrey Mensendiek
Sharing the Story
Chapter 5 – Mission and Interreligious Dialogue: The Case of Christians and Muslims in the Middle East by Mohammad Sammak
Chapter 6 – Evangelism: Reconciling with God, Reconciling with Others by Balázs Ódor, Shin Seung-Min and Elida Quevedo
Working for Peace with Justice
Chapter 7 – Changed Through Serving by Peter Shober, Scott Nicholson, Grace Bunker
Chapter 8 – How Can Advocacy Heal? by Mery Kolimon and Karen Campbell Nelson
Chapter 9 – Giving in Partnership by Tom Morse
Chapter 10 – Learning from Global Partners by Linda McCrae
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Jonathan Barnes, Ph.D., serves with the Mennonite Central Committee as Country Representative to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. He previously served Global Ministries for 13 years, 10 as mission personnel in South Africa and Mozambique and 3 as Executive of Mission Education based in Indianapolis. He holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Development from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa (2010) and is the author of Power and Partnership: A History of the Protestant Mission Movement (Pickwick Publishers, 2013).
Peter E. Makari, Ph.D., has served as Executive for the Middle East and Europe with Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since July 2000. For two terms, he also served ecumenically as the Co-Chair of the National Council of Churches’ Interfaith Relations Commission (2008-2013). He earned an M.A. in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo (1993) and a Ph.D. in Politics and Middle East Studies from New York University (2003). He is the author of Conflict and Cooperation: Christian-Muslim Relations in Contemporary Egypt (Syracuse University Press, 2007).
Publisher: The Pilgrim Press