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The Church Mission Society (formerly the Church Missionary Society) is a voluntary society working with the Anglican Church and other Protestant Christians around the world. Founded in 1799, CMS has attracted upwards of nine thousand men and women to serve as mission partners during its 200-year history. The Anglican Communion is a world-wide organisation of Anglican Churches. ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ...


The CMS in New Zealand

The Church Missionary Society sent the first Missionaries to New Zealand, it's agent the Rev. Samuel Marsden performed the first Christian service in that country in 1814, while rogue CMS missionary Thomas Kendall brought Māori war cheif Hongi Hika to London in 1819, creating a small sensation. The CMS funded its activities through trade, unfortunately including muskets, which fueled the Musket Wars. Concern about European impact upon Māori, particulalry lawlessness in Kororareka and the death toll in the Musket Wars lead the CMS to use its influence - and the fact the Colonial Secretary was a member - to successfuly lobby for the United Kingdom's annexation of New Zealand in January 1840, (an act subsequently justified by the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi). The Rev. ... Thomas Kendall (1778–1832) was a New Zealand schoolmaster, lapsed missionary, recorder of the Maori language, arms dealer, and Pakeha Maori. ... Māori is the name of the indigenous people of New Zealand, and their language. ... Hongi Hika (1772?–1828) was a New Zealand Maori rangatira (chief) and war leader of the Ngapuhi iwi (tribe). ... Musket Wars refers to battles in the early 1800s when there was deadly inter-tribal conflict between various groups of Maori, primarily on the North Island in New Zealand. ... Russell, formerly known as Kororareka, was the first permanent European settlement in New Zealand. ... The Treaty of Waitangi The Treaty of Waitangi (Māori: Te Tiriti o Waitangi) was signed on February 6, 1840 at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. ...


Today there are over 250 mission partners serving in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Mission projects are supported in over 50 countries. A budget of over £7 million a year is needed to maintain and expand this work. Website: www.cms-uk.org


The Church Missionary Society Archive is housed at the University of Birmingham Special Collections. The University of Birmingham is the oldest of three universities in the English city of Birmingham. ...


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Newman Reader - Via Media 2 - Suggestions to Missionary Society (2516 words)
It shows that my criticism on the Church Missionary Society was that of others also, in the years during which I made it, and that I was doing nothing unreasonable or unfair in attempting to make the Society's obedience to Episcopal authority a fact as well as a profession.
And further, by sending out missionaries for the propagation of the Gospel, this Society has taken on itself a function which, not less than that of ordination, is to be considered the prerogative of the supreme rulers of the Christian Church.
This would be a gradual mode of connecting the Society with the Church, should it be thought unwise for her higher authorities to take the lead, by giving their support to the Parent Institution.
STH | Library | Guides | Mission Microforms (2597 words)
Missionary Correspondence, 1846-1912 Organized by the Methodist Episcopal Church in New York in 1819, the Missionary Society aided the Annual Conferences in spreading the gospel and in performing charitable work in domestic and foreign missions.
Missionary Correspondence, 1897-1940 This missionary files series is composed of correspondence from missionaries in the field to the Board of Missions and correspondence from the Board to its missionaries.
Missionary Files: Methodist Church, 1912-1949 This correspondence was begun under the Board of Foreign Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church and continued by the Division of Foreign Missions of the Board of Missions and Church Extension of the Methodist Church.
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