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October 23, 2011

Maryknoll Mission Symposium: Chicago Theological Union, October 6-8, 2011


Maryknoll, or The Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, is celebrating 100 years of proclaiming the gospel around the globe.  In continuation of our centennial celebration, Maryknoll held a three-day symposium this past October 6-8 at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where many priests, religious, educators, lay people and seminarians gathered to talk about mission.  CTU became a hotbed of people on fire for mission, with around 200 coming together to learn more through the theme “The Gift of Mission.” 

October 7, 2011

Post-Christendom Mission


Alan Hirsch
The church as we know it is changing. We live in a post-modern, post-Christian and post-American world, where the church is no longer placed at the center of society. Our influence is waning and our basis for ecclesiology will drive the way we interact in this new reality. It begs the question, what should the church look like and how does the mission of the church adapt within this context? In his book, The Shaping of Things to Come, Alan Hirsch paints a picture of what the new church should look like. Hirsch asserts that "the church can be reborn through incarnational mission, messianic spirituality and apostolic structure."  Click to check out video

October 4, 2011

Pope John Paul II: Characteristics of the New Evangelization


In Pope John Paul II's encyclicals, speeches and other writings he uses the term new evangelization. Catholics as well as other Christians have been intriqued and interested in his frequent use of this term. What is he referring to and what are characteristics of this new evangelization'?
According to the pope, "The expression New Evangelization was popularized in the encylical of Pope Paul VI Evangelization in the Modern World, as a response to the new challenges-that the contemporary world creates for the mission of the Church."1 Pope John Paul II sees the need for a "great relaunching" of evangelization in the present life of the Church in a variety of ways.  In Mission of The Redeemer (Redemptoris Missio ), John Paul II presents a new synthesis of the Church's teaching about evangelization in modern times.
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