We were all together for a couple of weeks this last Christmas.
From Madison, Rotorua and the Bay Area we came, ate and played.
How we enjoyed each other!
It’s not about the ships.
The important thing is how cargo gets from one part of the world to another.
Sometimes the best way is on a ship that passes through the Canal. But not all cargo stays in ships as it goes through the Canal. The canal administration understands that is a node in a flow of global commerce from everywhere to everywhere. The canal is an important part of Panama’s brand: “Bridge of the World, Heart of the Universe.”
Panama is about connectivity between humans. But the Canal doesn’t produce the Continue reading “PANAMA”PUENTE DEL MUNDO, CORAZON DEL UNIVERSO””
I am tired of what theology does to my social life! Perhaps my weariness is one reason why I accepted the invitation to assist in the birth of a Brazilian Center for Missiological Reflection.
Theological positions are important for some people. Not long ago, a good friend warned me over coffee about the dangers of “Open Theism.” I was unaware of Open Theism. So Continue reading “Finding theology: I’d like to straddle the fence, but from which side do I climb up?”
Grandkids show up from two sides of the Pacific to spend Christmas season together. So Lois and I took them to see Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. And then we got a Continue reading “Grandchildren for Christmas”
I am not sure how I feel about the heavy traffic of e-mails I get with Christmas greetings mixed with an appeal to me to give money to everyone’s favorite charity.
I admit it is part of the system that has defined “missions” from the American church to the rest of the world and that we have done some good. This system has made it possible Continue reading “Year end giving in my 40th year of Christian service.”
I wish we could sit down and read Polycentric Missiology together. We might find ourselves talking together about what difference mission makes. Hopefully, our conversation would take us beyond celebrating or condemning missionaries who went out from a “Christian” North to a pagan South. Instead, we would talk about how the world changed in the 20th Century and reflect on the surprisingly decisive role that Christian mission played.
I would really be excited if reading it together, you might also find a way to help me resolve a long-standing frustration of mine. When we first went to Brazil as missionaries, I discovered the world was not really organized in the way the “missions” narrative I learned from had portrayed it to me. I can’t say that was the frustration. After Continue reading “Polycentric Missiology, by Allen Yeh”
I went to Panama for the Global Consultation of the Mission Commission, of the World Evangelical Alliance.
To help the participants from 80+ countries who will meet in Panama, October 3-7, 2017, I wrote this little piece as background from a previous Consultation: the Panama 1916 Congress on Christian Work in Latin America
The 2016 Global Consultation of the WEA Mission Commission took place in Panama City October 3-7, 2016, around the theme of “Polycentric Mission”. The place chosen for this major missions consultation invokes the memory of an earlier event in modern mission history: the Congress on Christian Work in Latin America (CCWLA), held in February 1916 at the Tivoli Hotel, pictured above. Continue reading “Latin America as mission field: Postcards from the Hotel Tivoli”
Martureo Assessment September 2016
I have just finished doing an assessment of the work done by Martureo over the last couple of years. This has helped me figure out where I can contribute in my new responsibility as Executive Coordinator. When we finished this Assessment, we were actually quite amazed at how active the Brazilian Center for Missiological Reflection, Martureo has already been, and are encouraged by the response. Continue reading “Brazilians transforming the future of global mission”
“Never forget” is our September 11, 2001, motto, especially if we were old enough to experience that awful day. I do wonder, though, why is it that holding onto a horrible memory so important?
One vivid memory I have is that, for a few moments, everyone could see that the economic, political and military powers that rule the world might not be invincible after all. Continue reading “Never Forget — Sept 16, 2001”
Olympic travelers were told to get to Rio’s Galeão airport 6 (yes that’s 6) hours ahead of their flights today. The airport is expected to be crowded today. But not as crowded as the streets of Rio. Rio traffic is notoriously congested, full of people who live there and want to get where they need to go.
Those airport instructions, just like the geography in my blog title, have little to do with Brazilians. Continue reading “The morning after Rio 2016 — everyone goes home (?)”