An afterword from Paul Thaxter, CMS Director of International Mission
Paul Thaxter reflects and responds on his reading of this edition of ANVIL.
Racism: dishonouring the image of God
An exploration of the expression of racism in the Church’s mission and ministry through various interpretative lenses
Let me breathe!
Let Me Breathe by Natasha Godfrey is a visceral responses 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, and whatever humanity is still present in those listening.
“How rich the Kingdom of God 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 in her interview with James Butler.
Fault lines and factions
Eleasah raises a number of pertinent questions about normative whiteness as the frame of theological reflection and missional development, and its failure to imaginatively engage with the experience of oppression and liberative aspirations of many black Christians in their quest for God.
Home is where the heart is
Gilberto Da Silva Afonso reminds us that there is no theology that is not at its heart biography. Through the complex historical and socio-political landscape of his heritage, Gilberto illustrates both the tension and opportunity of hybridised identity.
When the poisonous tree attempts to produce an antidote
Colonialism, colonial CMS missions and the caste system in Kerala by Rev Shemil Mathew and Rev Dr Anderson Jeremiah
Colonialism, missions and the imagination
A critical overview of the legacy of CMS’s mission with a particular focus on Ugandan experience.
Racial tension in mission
Bishop Emmanuel Egbunu provides a clear overview of the shameful humiliation of Bishop Ajayi Crowther by European colleagues and the far reaching impact this has had.