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Ron Underberg with photos by Jayan Jang. An 1835 Communion chalice from St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist in Manhattan offers the lens of tradition as a way of framing United Methodist theology.
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It is important for churches to first consider their theological foundations before opening up new mission projects.

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Mission Theology Through United Methodist Lenses

Theology of Mission Through United Methodist Lenses 
by John Edward Nuessle
To see both near and far requires a combination of lenses--ranging from microscope to stellar observatory--with magnifying glasses, eyeglasses, binoculars, and telescopes in between. Each one offers a different perspective ... (continue)

A Vocational Theology of Missionary Engagement With the World 
by Robert Hunt
The United Methodist Church is caught in a massive identity crisis. If I may be permitted a characterization that borders on caricature, it has swung from being the confident leader of mainline American Protestantism to becoming ... (continue)

The Growth of Methodism in Africa A Contribution to Methodism in the United States
by Kalaba Chali
During the 2008 United Methodist General Conference, clergy and lay leaders reminded participants about the growth of The United Methodist Church in Africa and the decline in membership in the United States and Western Europe. ... (continue)

Mission Volunteers 
by Clinton Rabb
The ministry of the laity has always been at the core of the Wesleyan movement. From its beginnings in the late 18th century, as today, the laity of the predecessors of The United Methodist Church (UMC) have been active in ... (continue)

The Tale of a Widow 
by Norma P. Dollaga
What I will be sharing with you is more of a reflection than a theological discourse. I am not a theologian, for somehow my religious training has alienated me from the world of theology. My theological "trauma" is still troubling ... (continue)

Developing Your Own 

As the mission magazine of The United Methodist Church, New World Outlook frequently considers mission theology as it emerges, changes, and reinvents itself in practice. This issue presents viewpoints from missionaries, professors, pastors, deaconesses, mission executives, and laypeople--and they are all different viewpoints. ...(continue)

The online version of New World Outlook features selected articles from the printed magazine. These additional stories appear in the print publication.
Theology of Mission and Relationship with the Church Office of Deaconess
Mission Is the Work of Faith
Special Feature by Edward W. Paup
The Fullness of Life
by Monica Aruna Samuel
Nourishing a Spirituality of Resistance in the Era of Empire
by Darlene Marquez-Caramanzana
The Power of the Kingdom in Arssi Country, Ethiopia
by Harold Kurtz
Let the Carols Continue in Bethlehem
by Alex and Brenda Awad


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