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Reimagining Mission during and after Covid

The COVID 19 Global Pandemic is prompting theological reflection across a range of key issues for churches, including the Church of Scotland. Following two very popular zoominars on Theological Responses and Pastoral Responses, Trinity College offers this zoominar session on ReImagining Mission, in co-operation with staff at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh. Some of the toughest challenges presented to churches by the pandemic are those around mission. There seems to be an obvious tension between the classic Great Commission to ‘Go into all the world’ and the public health imperatives to stay at home and reduce social contact. In this zoominar we consider how a focus on ‘mission’, often through missio dei thinking or via The Five Marks of Mission, acts as a lens for looking at all churches do and are. Post-colonial mission invites us to reflect on the work of the church across the whole oikumene in a global pandemic. We also consider how local churches have continued to live and work missionally in response to the pandemic and under lockdown restrictions. What are we learning about mission in these times? How has our online presence extended our potential for witness and outreach locally and nationally? We have an exciting panel of dynamic and creative thinkers with rich international experience as well as local knowledge of parish life in the Kirk. Join us over a long lunch and have your imagination stimulated and refreshed.


  • Rev Graham Duffin, minister at Loanhead Parish Church, Graham also works with other churches, helping them embrace and develop a missional mindset. He played a key role in setting up the Church of Scotland's Path of Renewal work and is currently working with 22 churches engaged in a Growing Young cohort in Scotland, in partnership with Fuller Youth Institute.
  • Rev Dr Mark Johnston, Pastoral Studies Tutor at University of Glasgow. Mark Recently moved from New Zealand where he was involved for over a decade in ministry and mission education with the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa NZ. He served in the Church of Scotland in New Charge Development 2003-2008.
  • Dr Emma Wild-Wood, University of Edinburgh. Senior Lecturer, African Christianity and African Indigenous Religions, Director of Postgraduate Studies,Co-director Centre for the Study of World Christianity,, Co-editor of Studies in World Christianity.
  • Jessie Fubara-Manuel, PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, examining the role of faith for women living with HIV and disability in Nigeria.
  • Dr Cathy Ross, Head of Pioneer Mission Leadership Training at Church Mission Society (CMS) in Oxford and Lecturer in mission at Regent's Park College, University of Oxford.


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