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'Edinburgh 2010' conference slated for June 2-6

Gathering commemorates centennial of first world mission conference

May 4, 2010

Louisville

More than 300 representatives of Christian churches and mission organizations in at least 60 countries will gather in Edinburgh June 2-6 for "Edinburgh 2010."

The international mission conference, hosted by New College of the University of Edinburgh, will include the Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Pentecostal and evangelical Christian traditions.

It is the culmination of an international and multi-denominational study process inspired by the transformational 1910 World Missionary Conference, also held in Edinburgh, which helped give rise to the modern global ecumenical movement.

Since 2007, several hundred theologians and mission experts from around the world have worked together to identify and to discuss the crucial topics in Christian mission in the 21st century.

"This unique global conversation," says Kirsteen Kim, the conference's study process coordinator , "will both inform future mission practice and stimulate further mission studies."

In Scotland, conference planning is being done by representatives of the Baptist Union, Church of Scotland, Congregational Federation, Methodist Church, Religious Society of Friends, Roman Catholic Church, Salvation Army, Scottish Episcopal Church, United Free Church of Scotland, United Reformed Church and the Evangelical Alliance.  are working closely together to support the international project.

In addition to official delegates, conference planners are expecting 1,200 visitors. The final celebration on June 6, featuring the Rev. John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, will be streamed live at Edinburgh 2010 website.

Information for this story furnished by "Edinburgh 2010."

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