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The World Evangelical Alliance Missions Commission will hold a Global Leadership Consultation, May 31 to June 6, 2003, at Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada, with "The Globalisation of Mission" as its theme. Some 200 leaders from 50 countries are expected to attend the meeting, which will provide a forum to further develop the issues discussed at the commission's Iguassu Consultation in 1999. Organizers are also cosponsoring a two-day conference with Regent College, Vancouver, immediately after the general sessions around the theme "The Bible and the Nations." Contact William Taylor at or visit

Religious Archives Newsletter, published by the Churches and Religious Denominations section of the International Council on Archives, recommends use of the Web-based UNESCO Archives Portal as having the "best chance to become the widest known and most complete archives portal in the international field." The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's Web site, established in September 2000, links some 5,000 archives and related resources. Paris-based Axel Plathe is editor-in-chief. For a free subscription to Religious Archives Newsletter, which commenced with the January 2002 issue, e-mail a request to Michael Hausler in Berlin at The UNESCO portal may be viewed at

The Franciscan Biblical Study Centre in Tokyo has published a Japanese version of the Book of Jeremiah, which completes the Centre's translation of the Bible, carried out in thirty-seven installments. Directed by Odaka Takeshi, the publication is the culmination of work begun in 1956 by the previous director, Bernardino Schneider, O.F.M., who, at 84 years of age, is still involved in the project. In 1952, when Schneider arrived in Tokyo as a missionary, he used a translation of the Bible in classical Japanese that was based on the Latin Vulgate. The translation he initiated is in colloquial Japanese and is based on the most recent critical editions of the original texts, yet keeping the Latin Vulgate in mind. Takeshi announced that within the next five years the Centre hopes to publish the complete translation of the Bible in a single volume.

The American Society of Missiology will convene its 2003 annual meeting in Techny, Illinois, June 20-22, with "Redressing the Counterwitness of Racism: A Missionary Imperative for the Twenty-first Century" as its theme. Margaret E. Guider, O.S.F., associate professor of religion and society, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the ASM president and the annual banquet speaker. The Association of Professors of Mission will hold its annual meeting at the same location June 19-20 around the theme "Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring for Mission and Ministry in the Intra-cultural and Inter-cultural Setting." Register for both meetings by e-mailing or calling (609) 497-3639.

The Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and Non-Western Christianity, an informal group of scholars formed to facilitate discussion and exchange of information about historical aspects of the missionary movement and the development of world Christianity, will hold its 2003 meeting July 3-5 at Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut, with "Conversion and Converts" as its theme. The Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World, Edinburgh, and the Overseas Ministries Study Center are cosponsors with Yale. For details, e-mail Martha Lund Smalley at or visit

More than 100 representatives of Anglican Communion mission boards, agencies, and movements throughout the world will gather in Larnaca, Cyprus, February 12-18, 2003, to consider "Transformation and Tradition in Global Mission." Plenary sessions and workshops will focus on contemporary mission issues, as well as new models of mission. Field trips and Bible studies will retrace Paul's first missionary journey. Major presenters will be from India, Tanzania, Singapore, Uganda, England, and the United States. Margaret Larom, president of the OMSC Board of Trustees, is on the planning team. For more information, e-mail

"The Role of Mission in the Future of Lutheran Theology" is the topic for a conference to be held January 15-16,2003, at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. For details, contact Viggo Mortensen at or visit
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Publication:International Bulletin of Missionary Research
Date:Jan 1, 2003
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