Justice lies at the heart of Church's mission. Keeping this in mind, it is pertinent to analyze the Anglican understanding and practice of mission both in the past and the present. In the past, did Anglican missions respond to injustices in their mission fields? How was seeking and doing justice part of their work? Were the missionaries interested in bringing justice to the oppressed? How did this transpire especially in the context of the British empire? After all, mission projects were often permitted by the empire to serve as 'civilizing' projects. But within these colonial contexts, the agency and the contributions of the native Anglicans must also be taken into consideration. How did these local Anglicans and the Anglican missionaries who were willing to learn from them, redeem the face of the Anglican church and missions? How does this wisdom of/from the subjugated influence the understanding of mission and justice today for the Anglican communion worldwide? What are the different understandings of missions in post-colonial contexts? This course seeks to address these questions by listening to voices on/of mission in the global Anglican church that foreground social justice and liberation of the oppressed. The course will be a critical review of the work of Anglican missions, both their attempts and endeavors as well as their failures and compromises in enacting and establishing justice.
Note: Required for, but not restricted to, MDiv students with a concentration in Anglican Studies.
- Professor: Joshua Samuel