Centenary

The week has moved on .. to the opening of the Edinburgh 2010 World Missionary Conference which marks the centenary of the great conference of 1910. That conference is generally held to have marked the start of the modern ecumenical movement.

Earlier in the day, I met the Anglican delegates and we had an interesting conversation about mission today – they came from everywhere including Brazil, Hong Kong, Canada, Uganda. Later I went to the opening ceremonies and found I was sitting at the meal beside Mano Rumalshah, recently-retired Bishop of Peshawar. His wife Benita was the leader of Alison’s Bible Study Group at the Lambeth Conference. The world church is both a big place and a small place.

We had much John Bell-led singing, greeting and praying. It’s been 10 years in the planning and there have been many ups and downs along the way. A great event and a credit to the organisers.

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