Going away from class I was most struck by the interest the class had in the topics discussed. I look forward to hearing the questions and discussion that arises from this group during this quarter. I was particularly interested in the conversation we had about traditional forms of missions abroad. I found the comments about the importance of having relational ties prior to going overseas to be helpful, and one that seems important for SIS students, especially, to be reflecting on.

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Though it was not the first time I’ve heard Newbigin’s thinking on missions in the West, I was struck by the question Newbigin asks, “Why is the church so irrelevant in the West?” I am looking forward to this class because I hope to piece together a better understanding of how mission to and within the affluent West is related to both global justice issues and social concerns in the U.S.  I find myself wondering often how I reconcile my interests in these areas of study, feeling that they are at odds with each other, though I am not entirely convinced of this.