MR-NET News #8

 

 
12 February 2002   

  SVD Mission Research Network  
Mission Secretariat - Rome   

In this bulletin:

1. Presentation - BIBLE AND MISSION

2. Tauchner - BIBLICAL STUDIES AND MISSION (BISAM)

3. Lenchak - BIBLE IN ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSION

4. Feldkaemper - SEDOS WORKING GROUP ON BIBLE AND MISSION

5. MISSION ANIMATION BULLETIN BOARD & PARISHES FOR MISSION

 

1. Presentation - BIBLE AND MISSION

After nearly seven months, this issue of MR-NET News once again finds its way to you. Please accept my apologies for the long lapse since the last issue. In the meantime, a number of newsworthy developments for the Mission Research Network have taken place - reports will be forthcoming soon in future numbers of MR-NET News. This issue presents some activities relating to Bible and Mission - two concerns at the very heart of SVD identity.

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2. Tauchner - BIBLICAL STUDIES AND MISSION (BISAM)

Christian Tauchner sends the following report from Ecuador on the participation of several SVD's in BISAM, an international ecumenical group for the study of Bible and Mission. The long term aim of the group is to produce a textbook on mission-centered readings of the Bible in today's multicultural global context. 

The International Association of Mission Studies (IAMS) is an ecumenical group. One of the lines of research that IAMS pursues deals with Bible and Mission. At the last IAMS General Assembly in South Africa in January 2000, the research group on Bible and Mission (BISAM) decided to work on several biblical texts: Wisdom literature, Matthew and Colossians. The research into these texts is intended to look closely at the intersection of mission and Bible: asking what missiological issues are present in the biblical texts, and what questions arise for missiology based on the biblical study. 

Here in Quito, our local Mission Research Net group of four (Helmut Renard and Juan Stefanow from the Bible Centre, Joie Artienda as a missiologist, and myself from a communications background and editing the Spanish language edition of Spiritus) decided to work on Colossians. From the outset, the composition of our group was a bit astonishing for the other participants of BISAM, as we are quite international, something that we do not sufficiently value at times.

Some of the texts produced by the BISAM group have been published recently in a special edition of the International Review of Mission (91 Nº 360, January 2002). Representatives of BISAM met from January 22 to 26 in Geneva, at the invitation of the IRM and the World Council of Churches (which publishes the Review). There, we discussed the articles and planned the future activities of BISAM. Two SVD's were present, John Prior from Indonesia, who presented an interesting reading of Qohelet in the context of the Indonesian political situation, and myself from the Quito group.

The meeting was quite interesting and fraternal, probably because the participants belong to historical Churches. For me, once again, it was striking to note how well the Protestant participants know the Bible. The participants were mostly biblical scholars (from the Philippines, Indonesia, Nigeria, South Africa, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and the USA) and not so much from a directly missiological perspective (Holland, Indonesia and myself from Ecuador).

I think that some members of the SVD Mission Research Network could set up or participate in BISAM study groups at many places around the world. Some of us might already be members of IAMS and therefore have a "right" to be involved in this networking. In any case, it would give us the chance to get in touch with other people from other countries and Churches to share experience and encouragement and scholarship. There might even be a chance to take advantage of some international meetings with expenses paid!!

[For more information about IAMS the website is: http://missionstudies.org. The BISAM homepage is: http://missionstudies.org/bibleand.htm. To contact Christian Tauchner: svdcri@ecuanex.net.ec.]

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3. Lenchak - BIBLE IN ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSION

From 6-11 January 2002, Tim Lenchak, the SVD Generalate Bible Coordinator, participated in a symposium sponsored by the Network for Theological Enquiry (NOTE) an ecumenical organization sponsored by the Council for World Mission. The Council itself is a collaborative venture of 31 Protestant Churches. 

Tim was invited to to the University of Madras in Chennai, India to give a paper entitled: "How the Bible has Functioned in Roman Catholic Mission." Tim's task was to highlight for a predominantly Protestant audience the distinctive, and perhaps distinguishing, elements of Roman Catholic use of scriptures in missionary activity. A few excerpts from Tim's conference are presented below:

[Catholic] missionary congresses, biblical assemblies, and papal documents in the 1990's often converged on three issues relating the Bible to missionary activity. These issues are dialogue, (especially interreligious dialogue), inculturation and contextual readings of the Bible.

Contemporary Catholic use of Bible in mission... [differs from that of Protestants]. For Catholics the concept of God's Word is rather fluid, for it includes the biblical text, the homily, and sacred tradition. As a result, Catholics don't seem to attach the same importance to the actual text itself as most Protestants do.... One consequence of this subtle distinction is that Catholics tend to have a greater interest in the biblical story than in the biblical text. 
...A second emphasis of Catholics is that reading Sacred Scripture is essentially a community -- not an individual activity. This is not to deny an individual the right to read the Bible. Yet private reading should support and prepare for communal reading...
...[The] recognition of a proper authority for the interpretation of the biblical text has led to a Catholic preference for Bibles with textual notes and comments. Such notes and comments in Catholic Bibles, however, tend to be explanatory (e.g., background information on history or culture) or pastoral rather than doctrinal.

The text of Tim's presentation will be published with the full proceedings by the Council for World Mission in cooperation with the University of Cambridge.

[The homepage for the Council for World Mission is: http://www.cwmission.org.uk. To contact Tim Lenchak: svd.bible@pcn.net.]

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4. Feldkaemper - SEDOS WORKING GROUP ON BIBLE AND MISSION

Ludger Feldkaemper, who previously served for sixteen years as the General Secretary of the Catholic Biblical Federation, is now stationed in Rome. In addition to his other activities, he has been asked to help organize a SEDOS working group on Bible and Mission.

The Servizi di Documentazione e Studi (SEDOS) is a collaborative effort of many Institutes of Consecrated Life to deepen their understanding of global mission. Its offices are located on the property of the Collegio Verbo Divino in Rome. It encourages research and disseminates information through its bulletin and website, public conferences, working groups and its annual seminar.

The principal themes of investigation proposed for the working group on Bible and Mission include:

[The SEDOS homepage is: http://www.sedos.org. Ludger can be contacted at: lfsvd@libero.it.]

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5. MISSION ANIMATION BULLETIN BOARD & PARISHES FOR MISSION

MR-NET News first appeared in August 2000. At present it is distributed by email to approximately 450 recipients. Two other email bulletins, in addition to this one, are edited at the SVD Generalate Mission Secretariat. 

The SVD/SSpS Mission Animation Bulletin Board is meant especially for Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters and Divine Word Missionaries who serve as Mission Secretaries and Mission Animators. It presents activities and resources related to mission animation. It has appeared 28 times since November of 1998.

The newest bulletin, Parishes for Mission, is meant primarily for SVD confreres working in parish ministry. Appearing twice since August 2001, it shares ideas, opinions, resources and hopes about SVD ministry in parishes to help clarify and enhance the missionary profile of the parishes where we work. 

Both "SVD/SSpS Mission Animation Bulletin Board" and "Parishes for Mission" are produced in English and Spanish.

If you would like to receive the other bulletins, or if you know others who would like to receive them, please send a message to the editor, Tom Ascheman, at svd.missec@pcn.net
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