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ANVIL vol 32 issue 1: Learn, pray, participate in mission

Cathy welcome

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Welcome to our first online edition of ANVIL, now hosted by Church Mission Society (CMS).

Some of you will be aware of ANVIL’s long journey over the past few years and now we are delighted that it has found a home in CMS. We believe that this will strengthen one of the journal’s core values which is to think and engage creatively in mission. The editorial team is strengthened with the addition of Jonny Baker alongside Craig Holmes and Cathy Ross. Tom Wilson continues as our book reviews editor.

ANVIL was launched 30 years ago as a journal focused on theology and mission. Now that we are based at CMS in Oxford, we hope to draw on insights from the world church as well as from those who are pioneering in mission. Do feel free to suggest themes and articles to us – we welcome any suggestions.

This issue has three CMS commitments as its theme: learn, pray and participate. These are the lenses or frames through which we engage with mission. There are three longer reflective essays followed by some shorter pieces written by practitioners who are trying to model these commitments in their place and space. This will be our pattern from now on. We will begin with longer, theological pieces followed by shorter pieces from practitioners who are reflecting missionally on their practice in their context. Our final section contains book reviews for which ANVIL has been much appreciated over the years. If you would like to review a book, do contact us.

John Drane picks up the learning commitment by considering what education for mission might look like if we took engagement in mission rather than content as our primary focus and question. Adrian Chatfield draws on ancient traditions and mysticism to consider the relationship between prayer and mission. Debbie James reflects on the importance of partnership and presence drawing on Anglican social tradition and the concept of ‘prophetic dialogue’ as a resource to encourage participation and presence.

The shorter pieces begin with one by Sue Butler who reflects on her experience at Thirst, her missional community. Themes of prayer, hospitality, and threshold are explored as ways of encouraging people into a relationship with Jesus. Luke Larner reflects on the impact of missio Dei as part of his learning on the Pioneer Leadership course at CMS and how this has transformed his understanding of mission in his context in Luton. Finally, Jon Soper tells Nigel’s story to illustrate what they have been learning about missional participation in their context in Exeter. 

We hope that this issue of ANVIL will stimulate you as you engage in mission in your particular context.

Cathy Ross, co-editor.