The Rev. Dr. Christopher Duraisingh
"My commitment is to discern ever anew the liberative and ‘multicolored’ Wisdom of God in all her rich diversity through imaginative dialogue with diverse cultural expressions of Christian and other religious traditions. I believe that at EDS, by bringing the richly textured plurality of voices and commitments – heterogeneous, unmerged, and, at times, contentious – into interaction, we can provide the milieu needed for such theological discernment, and action for fuller life in justice and peace."
He has been a member of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians. A presbyter of the Church of South India, Duraisingh has made significant contributions to Third World theologies and is a major advocate for rethinking Christian faith and witness in dialogue with peoples of other faiths and cultures and in commitment to the ‘excluded.’ Duraisingh’s teaching at EDS focuses on church and social movements, inter-contextual hermeneutics, relationships among peoples of major world religions for the promotion of justice and peace, a transformative reconstruction of the symbols of Christian faith and the nature of a mission-shaped church.
He was an editor of the International Review of Mission for eight years. His publications include Called to One Hope: Gospel in Diverse Cultures; “Contextual and Catholic: Conditions for Cross-Cultural Hermeneutics” in the Anglican Theological Review; “Encountering Difference in a Plural World” in Waging Reconciliation (Church Publishing); more recently “From Church-shaped mission to Mission-shaped Church” in the Anglican Theological Review, and through EDSConnect, a study guide on mission for congregational use, For the Life of the World.