Mission in Secularized Contexts Focus of Seminar

Beehive Elementary teacher Jim Wirkus travels to Africa a few times a year to help build schools and clinics in Uganda and teaches at a boarding school in South Africa. Courtesy Jim Wirkus


Representatives of different Christian traditions will analyze the challenges to mission in secularized contexts during a seminar 22-26 February in Hungary.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is offering the event as a joint effort with the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the Association of Protestant Churches and Missions (Evangelisches Missionswerk or EMW) and the Council for World Mission-Europe.

The seminar is coordinated by Dr Marina Behera, professor of Missiology for the Ecumenical Institute; Rev. Dr Jooseop Keum, director for the WCC Commission on Mission and Evangelism; and Rev. Dr Hielke Wolters, associate general secretary for WCC Unity, Mission and Ecumenical Relations.

“We are gathering as a response to developments and questions in several European churches,” explained Wolters. “These churches see a decline of membership and wonder how we can share the Christian faith in such a way that it is relevant for people living and working in secular contexts. There is no easy answer and many churches have already explored new ways of engagement in their societies. The purpose of the seminar is to share these experiences and reflect together on ways forward.”

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