Mission Magazine Marks 100th Year
by Elliott Wright
New York, NY, October 12, 2011--The 100th anniversary of The United Methodist Church's mission magazine was marked on October 11 with a retrospective of mission highlights from each decade of the last century.
New World Outlook traces its origins to 1911 and the launch of a missionary magazine, The Missionary Voice, by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, a constituent part of what would eventually become The United Methodist Church. World Outlook was the name of a magazine published in the 1910s by the Methodist Episcopal Church. That name was revived with the merger of several Methodist denominations in the 1940s. The addition of the word "New" came from the absorption of a former Presbyterian mission journal of that name in the 1970s.
Current editor Christie House presented a visual summary of historical highlights to directors of the General Board of Global Ministries, the publisher, during their annual meeting, held at the agency's headquarters in New York City on October 10-12.
She noted that it is unusual these days for a magazine to reach the century milestone. "Changes in technology, changes in economies, the Great Depression, Prohibition, the world at war--twice--this publication has seen it all, and reported on it all," House said.
New World Outlook today is published in both print and electronic versions. Technological changes, especially the internet, mean that in 2011 it is less of a newsmagazine and more of a source for mission features and a place to explore mission trends and opportunities. Its bimonthly issues are typically thematic and illustrated with excellent photography.
Two former editors, George Daniels (1987-1989) and Alma Graham (1991-2001), and a former publisher, Betty Thompson, were guests of the Board at the celebration.
Mission in the Methodist lineage has always been responsive to world events, in large part because of a built-in desire to transform the world into a more godly realm of peace, justice, and equality. New World Outlook captures this drive.
Methodist mission is also closely linked to local churches and communities, so that New World Outlook and its predecessors covered global issues as well as grassroots developments. It continues, as it began, with considerable attention to missionaries, new church starts, education, health, and human rights.
Mission's focus on children and families is also evident from the magazine's pages across the past century. It worked to end child labor around the world from the first issue of The Missionary Voice, and hardly an issue appears these days without a feature on child welfare in the contemporary world.
Date posted: Oct 14, 2011