ANVIL: journal of theology and mission | Volume 36 issue 3

Welcome to ANVIL: a journal of theology and mission.

This issue: Faultlines in mission: reflections on race and colonialism


Welcome to ANVIL: a journal of theology and mission. This issue: AUTOETHNOGRAPHY: CHALLENGING NARRATIVES


A crystal-clear view of how white privilege and white supremacy have made mission in their own image. 

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 How the murder of George Floyd offers a critical vantage point from which to rethink and redefine mission

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Bishop Emmanuel Egbunu

Bishop Emmanuel Egbunu provides a clear overview of the shameful humiliation of Bishop Ajayi Crowther by European colleagues and its far reaching impact.

Racial tension in mission

Angus Crichton offers a critical overview of the legacy of CMS’s mission with a particular focus on Ugandan experience.

Colonialism, missions and the imagination

Rev Dr Sharon Prentis invites us to revisit the biblical concept of lament as a blueprint towards a life framed in mutuality and solidarity in love.

The need for lament

Rev Shemil Mathew reflects on the challenge of a missional organisation caught at the intersection between colonialism and the caste system, with Rev Dr Anderson Jeremiah.

When the poisonous tree attempts to produce an antidote

From his native Angola, to inner city London, and through the complex historical and socio-political landscape of his heritage, Gilberto da Silva Afonso illustrates both the tension and opportunity of hybridised identity.

Home is where the heart is

Pastor Dupe Adefala recounts the experience of planting a church in the UK, the challenges of minoritised living, the painful reminder of racial fault lines in British society and everyday experiences of racism.

“How rich the Kingdom of God is!”

Eleasah Phoenix Louis raises pertinent questions about normative whiteness as the frame of theological reflection and its failure to imaginatively engage with the experience of many black Christians.

Fault lines and factions

Awais Mughal reflects on the enduring influence of cultural imperialism and colonialism and its predilection for the language of mastery on Pakistani society.

Racism: dishonouring the image of God

Natasha Godfrey’s visceral response to the murder of George Floyd: a protest, a plea, and a prayer. Above all, it is a lament, a prophetic complaint appealing to the heart of God…

Let me breathe!

Paul Thaxter, Church Mission Society’s director of international mission, offers his initial response to this issue of ANVIL.


CMS staff and mission partners reflect on helpful books and media that have shaped their own journeys of learning.

Book reviews

Links to past volumes of ANVIL, stretching right back to 1984. Many of these articles are now available online.

ANVIL archives

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