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No. 8 - Living Theology in Melanesia: A Reader
This book was born of the need felt by the members of the
No. 7 - An Introduction to Ministry in Melanesia
This book explores the relationship between ministry and the
No. 6 - An Introduction to Melanesian Religions
This book focuses on traditional religions, their interaction with Christianity and religious movements in Melanesia. The book does not intend to answer academic questions about Melanesian religions but tries to answer questions Christian church workers ask when confronted with the various Melanesian religions.
No. 5 -An Introduction to Melanesian Cultures
This is the first in a series of three books produced by the Melanesian Institute as basic handbooks for church workers in Melanesia. This book has been written with the conviction that a thorough understanding of culture and society is a necessary prerequisite to effective ministry. It should increase understanding and set the inquisitive reader on a path that will become more interesting and rewarding with every passing year.
No. 4 - Religious Movements in Melanesia Today (3)
The articles in this third volume on Religious Movements vary in scope and content, showing great diversity. The various approaches to the general subject material developed by the authors set the sage for future fresh inquiries in relation to our religious quest for meaning, the search for the fullness of life or salvation, or the life in abundance. What is the nature of these religious movements? How are they related to the rest of the world? These are the underlying subjects of discussion in this last volume of this trilogy.
No. 3 - Religious Movements in Melanesia Today (2)
One might say that the “coming of the Holy Spirit” to Melanesia in the form of ‘revival movement represents the beginning of a new era of indigenous Christianity. This second volume focuses on the Holy Spirit Movements. As identification and interpretation of Holy Spirit Movements is a complex process, the Christian churches and social scientists see this as an important field of inquiry. The articles are comprised of personal testimonies, descriptions, assessments, reflections and experiences which explore the impacts Holy Spirit Movements have had in Melanesia.
No. 2 - Religious Movements in Melanesia Today (1)
This is the first of a three part series devoted to Religious Movements in Melanesia Today. This volume presents case-studies from different places: from Irian Jaya in the West, to places on mainland PNG and the adjacent islands. Since the religious aspects in many of the movements are central or dominant, attention is given to the pastoral response by the churches. For church workers who are challenged by these movements and those intrigued by the phenomenon of religious movements, this makes a valuable contribution.
No. 1 - The Fish and the Cross (Revised ed. 1982. xi + 139 pp., with photos and illustrations)
Donald E. McGregor worked for fifteen years as a missionary with the Open Brethren (Christian Missions in Many Lands) in the Lumi area (West Sepik Province) of Papua New Guinea. Only after nine years did he break with his mission’s tradition and attend a Fish singsing in the area.His description of the festival is personal, without losing the depth and detail of a professional ethnography. His social interpretation of the “singsing” is an analysis of the matrilineal relationships which are manifested during the festival. In the words of P.D. McKenzie: “This is an important book. I would go so far as to describe it as one of the most significant books on missionary work that I have read.
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