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The world mission conference of Bangkok, at the turn of 1972/1973, became famous for its holistic approach to the theme "Salvation Today", encompassing its spiritual as well as socio-political aspects, without favouring one over the other. Bangkok acknowledged the need for contextual theologies and recognition of cultural identity as shaping the voice of those answering and following Christ. The delegates struggled with situations of exploitation and injustice expressed also in relations between churches. In order to enable local churches in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific to set their own priorities in witness, a temporary "moratorium" on sending money and missionaries from the North was proposed. An alternative proposal for more justice in mission relations was seen in the transformation of the Paris mission society into a community of churches in mission (called CEVAA).

Dr. Stanley Samartha with a Buddhist monk in Bangkok.