A Light to the Nations

The Indian Presence in the Ecumenical Movement in the Twentieth Century

Edited by: Jesudas M. Athyal

Contributions by: Michael Kinnamon

This volume focuses, for the most part, on figures who have been known for their contributions to global ecumenism; but such global leadership is clearly rooted in their response to a context marked by religious plurality, caste oppression, endemic poverty, and the struggle to build a post-colonial nation.... I found the book compelling. -- Michael Kinnamon *** Long needed, this collection discusses some of the most important people, movements, and institutions from India that were trend-setters in the Christian ecumenical movement. Profiles of the lives and especially the work of key leaders from the Indian subcontinent - from V. S. Azariah at the 1910 Edinburgh gathering to Ninan Koshy's leadership of the Commission on International Affairs - offer insight not just to the Indian contexts that informed them, but also the new dynamics at work in the global movement. As the ecumenical movement enters its second century, it is plain that the role of Indian thinkers and church persons has been instrumental in decentering and decolonizing ecumenism, enabling the movement to confront and address its Western and colonialist roots. As editor Jesudas M. Athyal observes in his substantive introductory essay, it is a story that touches all aspects of the rapidly changing shape of world Christianity. [Subject: Religious Studies, Christianity, India Studies]

Publication Date: 1/1/2016
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9782825416709