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Missiology and Mission Theology

Catholic Theological Society of America
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Reports of Developing and Ad Hoc Groups 167 MISSIOLOGY AND MISSION THEOLOGY Topic: Trinitarian Themes in Mission to Various Cultures Convener: Lou McNeil, Georgian Court College Moderator: Carl StarklofF, SJ, Regis College, Toronto Presenters: Lily Quintos, RC Alejandro Garcia-Rivera, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley Lily Quintos placed her theological perspective in relationship to her Asian Christian experience. She emphasized that since mission is God's activity, Chris- tianity must carefully reexamine the manner in which it has attempted to "reshape" the nations of the world to its cultural preconceptions. This demands a reassessment of what it is that missioners bring. If earlier soteriology drove the missionary enterprise, what do we understand missionary activity to focus upon today? Quintos suggested that missioners must offer hope, while penetrating the whole of the human family in ways which do not set one family of cultures in a favored position. Quintos's presentation was strongly rooted in Pastoral and Mission Theology. She reminded us of the shifts in the paradigms during the past 50 years by which most of us now approach Trinity and Mission. [Mission is no longer seen as the activity of the Church but as God's activity and the Trinity's activity is no longer seen as (id intra and ad extra but that these are tied together.] Since World War II, international conferences on mission have reflected more clearly that, as a consequence of our being participants in the Missio Dei, we are likewise participants together in a mission. At the Willingen Conference (1952), this compelling insight led theologians to recognize that the very nature of church is missionary and that this reflects the missionary character of the Trinity. Corollaries are that 1) God is active everywhere, long before our arrival as adjuncts of the missio Dei and 2) being participants in God's mission means we share a common call prior to our cultural or ecclesial membership.

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