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Introduction: From Shantaram to Shalom

Cronshaw, Darren J. (2014) Introduction: From Shantaram to Shalom. In: Seeking Urban Shalom: Integral Urban Mission in a New Urban World. International Society for Urban Mission, Melbourne, pp. 9-15. ISBN 9780992394103

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Abstract

The International Society for Urban Mission was formed in 2012 to encourage urban Christians to seek God’s Shalom in cities, especially in the Majority World, and to come together to seriously grapple with issues of urban poverty. ISUM facilitates solidarity, reflection and leadership development through sharing resources and training, Urban Learning Exchanges, the New Urban World journal, and the ISUM Summit for Urban Mission. The first ISUM Summit met in Bangkok 26-29 January 2013, hosted by the Evangelical Church of Bangkok. It was a significant gathering of 200 diverse activists, leaders and thinkers collaborating and seeking to discern together how to foster God’s reign in our increasingly urbanized world. The gathering was not isolated to conference talks, but invited participants to experience Thai culture and go as small groups to 30 immersion experiences to learn from Bangkok activists and diverse mission contexts. Participants then gathered the lessons from these local experiences, and brought their own stories and insights from the Summit, into seven ISUM working groups whose task was to draft the seven briefing papers now forming most of this book. We wanted reflection that was grounded in grassroots engagement and serious conversation with one another, and seeking God together, around the relevant biblical, strategic, demographic and global justice issues. (Excerpt from the Introduction)

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Urban mission, Slums, squatter settlements, Gregory Roberts
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Rev Prof Darren John Cronshaw
Date Deposited: 12 May 2014 00:41
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2016 05:22
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1446

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