Like it or not, the world’s religious landscape owes much to the long history of European imperialism. But the story of empire and missions is more complex than we might assume.
One cold afternoon in 1975 in a small rented bedroom in Antwerp, the young Mormon missionary Craig Harline (Elder Harline in Mormon parlance) had a faith crisis—though it is not quite right to call it that.
In mainline churches, "mission" is both buzzword and expletive. Into this circle of American anxiety comes a gentle rebuke from the Tamils.
Is the United Methodist Church an American denomination with extensions overseas? Or is it a worldwide communion?