Vethanayagamony co-editor of <em>Mission after Christendom</em> March 30, 2010

Peter Vethanayagamony, associate professor of modern church history at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, is co-editor and contributor, with Ogbu U. Kalu and Edmund Kee-Fook Chia, to Mission after Christendom: Emergent Themes in Contemporary Mission, published by Westminster John Knox Press (ISBN-13: 978-0-664-23465-2, $24.95). This collection of eleven essays outlines a 21st century vision for mission.

Mission after Christendom shares perspectives of both the Global South and the Global North. The collection includes “Mission from the Ground Up: Emergent Themes in Contemporary Mission” by Robert Schreiter, “Expanding the Boundaries, Turning Borders into Spaces: Mission in the Context of Contemporary Migration” by Gemma Tulud Cruz, “Mission from the Rest to the West: The Changing Landscape of World Christianity and Christian Mission” by Peter Vethanayagamony, and “Many Tongues, Many Practices: Pentecost and Theology of Mission at 2010” by Amos Yong. The book is dedicated to Ogbu U. Kalu, director of CCGM at the time of his death in January 2009.

Most of the essays were originally presented at the 2008 centenary celebration, sponsored by the Chicago Center of Global Ministries (CCGM), of the 100th anniversary of the Edinburgh World Missionary Conference. CCGM was a decades-long collaborative effort of Catholic Theological Union, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and McCormick Theological Seminary.

The Rev. Dr. Peter Vethanayagamony is associate professor of modern church history and director of the doctor of ministry program at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He has served as associate director of the Chicago Center for Global Ministries since 2007. Before joining the LSTC faculty in 2008, he taught church history and served as academic dean at Hindustan Bible Institute and College in Chennai, India. He holds degrees in theology, history, and philosophy from universities in India and the United States. He earned a Ph.D. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.


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