Conferences at OCMS
As well as personal study, OCMS is often a place selected to host international conferences and meetings. Some of these are generated by OCMS itself, and others are supporting the global and local church as it wrestles with ideas, concepts, developing strategy and general enquiry. Previous conferences held at OCMS include:
John Stott and Kwame Bediako were both scholars crucial to the development of mission theologies in the Global South. To remember the contributions of these great men and inspire others to follow the paths they walked, INFEMIT partners with the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies each year to present the Stott-Bediako Forum on the Gospel and World Today. Theologian-practitioners representing each of INFEMIT’s regional fellowships share their work and respond to their sisters and brothers in dialogue about continuing the mission of God in the world. The Second conference was held in 2013 the Forum focused on New Horizons in Mission Studies. These conferences provide students, visitors and supervisors with the opportunity to debate issues directly with leading missionary practitioners.
The 2016 conference will be held at OCMS on 13-14 June 2016.
The Forum on Chinese Theology Sixth Annual Symposium
The Forum on Chinese Theology Sixth Annual Symposium entitled Christian Faith & Ideological Trends in Contemporary China, was held at OCMS in 2013. 104 delegates from Asia, North America & Europe attended the symposium, allowing Chinese and Western scholars to present alternative perspectives on the relationship between Christianity and the three main secular ideologies of China in relation to Christianity in China.
Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series Celebration.
The completion of a series of 35 books on mission and world Christianity was cause for celebration at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies on Friday 4 September. The Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series grew out of the Edinburgh 2010 project. Five years on, the series has become the most comprehensive and accessible study of contemporary Christianity.
80 mission thinkers joined Kim and fellow series editors to mark the close of a series that is remarkable for its global scope. It aims not only to be a scholarly resource but also to build mutual understanding among the churches. The 600 contributors are from all continents - with a special focus on Asia, Africa and Oceania - and all strands of Christianity - Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical, Pentecostal. Published by Regnum Books International in the UK and Wipf and Stock in the USA, the series is also made available in through a world library programme and through electronic download to encourage further study and collaboration in mission. Topics include Freedom of Belief; Global Diasporas; Mission at and from the Margins; Christian Communities in Global Societies; Ministry of Reconciliation; Authentic Discipleship; Christian Mission among Other Faiths;and Creation Care. More about the Edinburgh Centenary Series.