GENEVA: Preparations have started for the celebration of the centennial of the Edinburgh conference. From 2-6 June 2010, a commonly owned celebration and conference will take place in Edinburgh. WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism decided to be fully involved in this common experience of “wider ecumenism”.
In 1910, Edinburgh was the venue for the historic World Mission Conference. This was a gathering which caught an epoch-making vision of the church as a truly global missionary community.
As the centenary of this event approaches, it is time to reflect on its significance in the light of the experience of the past hundred years and the realities of Christian Mission in the 21st century.
The WCC will play a leading role in the organization of a celebrative and widely owned mission conference in June 2010 in Edinburgh, in coordination with partners in the ecumenical movement, within and outside the WCC’s fellowship.
A multi-denominational and international process has been set up to commemorate the 1910 World Missionary Conference, and to provide new perspectives on mission for the 21st century.
From 2 to 6 June 2010 a Centenary Conference will take place in and around the historic sites of the 1910 conference. 250 mission leaders from all over the world will come to Edinburgh to witness to Christ today. A polycentric study process has been launched, calling for cooperation in North, South, East or West.
The Edinburgh 2010 conference will take place at Pollock Halls of Residence, located at the foot of Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. On Sunday afternoon delegates will be joined by local and international guests for a celebratory act of worship in the Assembly Hall, which was the venue for the 1910 World Missionary Conference.