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Toward a Theology of Migration

By G. Cruz
  • ISBN Code: : 1137375515
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Pages : 260
  • Category : Religion
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Offering a theology of migration, Cruz reflects on the Christian vision of 'one bread, one body, one people' in view of the gifts and challenges of contemporary migration to Christian spirituality, mission, and inculturation and the need for reform of migration policies based on the experience of refugees, migrant women, and others.

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  • Pdf File: journeys-of-asian-diaspora.pdf

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Asians make up the largest and most dispersed people of the world, and Christians make up a sizable proportion of this demographic. Asian Christians are more likely to emigrate, and many have continued to embrace Christian faith at their diasporic places of settlement. They are quick to establish distinctively Asian churches all over the world and infuse diversity, revival, and missionary consciousness into their adopted communities. They preserve the ties and cultures of their ancestral homelands while assimilating and adapting into the new setting. They have become a recognizable force in the transformation and advancement of Christianity itself at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The dozen essays in this volume are written by leading scholars of Asian backgrounds situated in various diasporic locations. The authors trace the contours of their dispersion and highlight diverse missiological themes, including the scattering (diaspora) and the gathering (ekklesia) of Asian Christians around the world. This volume traces the origins and destinations of major Asian migration and diaspora communities from a variety of perspectives and geographical locations. It is pan-Asian in scope and multidisciplinary in nature. It also provides the latest data and infographics on Asian diasporas worldwide.

An Immigration of Theology

By Simon C. Kim
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1630875678
  • Total of Pages : 306
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 147
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The theological reflections of Virgilio Elizondo and Gustavo Gutierrez are examples of the ecclesial fruitfulness of the second half of the twentieth century. Following the directives of Pope John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council, Elizondo and Gutierrez present the Gospel message in relevant terms to their own people by engaging the world as the Church of the poor. Inspired by this moment in Church history, while at the same time recognizing the plight of their people in their poor and marginal existence, Elizondo and Gutierrez discovered a new way of doing theology by asking a specific set of questions based on their local context. By investigating where God is present in the border crossers of the southwestern United States and the poorest of the poor in Latin America, both theologians have uncovered a hermeneutical lens in rereading Scripture and deepening our understanding of ecclesial tradition. Elizondo's mestizaje and Gutierrez's preferential option for the poor arose out of a theology of context, a theological method that takes seriously the contextual circumstances of their locale. By utilizing the common loci theologici of Scripture and tradition in conjunction with context and their own experience, Elizondo and Gutierrez illustrate through their theologies how every group must embrace their own unique theological reflection.

And You Welcomed Me

By Donald Kerwin,Jill Marie Gerschutz
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  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Book Code : 0739141015
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 904
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Book Short Summary:

Human beings leave their homelands for many reasons and they are called by many names: illegal aliens, strangers, asylum-seekers, displaced persons, economic migrants, lawful permanent residents, refugees, temporary workers, and victims of trafficking. Some are forced to flee because of violence, persecution, natural disaster, or intense economic privation. Most migrate in search of a better life, many as part of a family survival strategy. The movement of people from one place to another has remained a constant feature of human history. In an era characterized by the fast and cheaper movement of goods and services around the globe, migrants are the face of globalization. The world's two hundred million migrants often find themselves at the center of economic, social, and political debates. This book describes the distinctive way in which Catholic social teaching looks at migrants. It analyzes migration from the legal, social science, and cultural perspectives, and gives special consideration to the lived experience of immigrants themselves and their host communities. The book identifies gaps and opportunities to improve government and non-governmental responses to migration on a local, national, and international level. And You Welcomed Me aims to reframe perspectives on migration by focusing on the human beings at the heart of this phenomenon. It analyzes trade, immigration, labor, national security, and integration policies in light of the core Catholic commitment to the common good, human dignity, authentic development, and solidarity.

That They Might Seek Him

By Steven B. Kern
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1725284243
  • Total of Pages : 174
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 354
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Book Short Summary:

While state governments determine the “Who?” “How many?” and “Under what conditions?” of immigration, God has determined the “Why?” He orchestrates the times and locations of the nations “that they might seek Him” (Acts 17:24–27). The sovereign God of the universe has redemptive purpose in the movements of the people. In many instances, the formerly “unreached” are moving “within reach.” In God’s plan, Christ-followers are instruments of compassion and ambassadors of hope. They are invited to respond. That They Might Seek Him: Introduction to Migration Ministry is written with this responsibility in mind. Targeting both students and practitioners, it informs, inspires, and equips. •Learn what the Bible says about migration . . . then and now. •Respond to factors at play in immigration policy development. •Embrace the challenges of message contextualization and migrant integration. •Identify tools for fruitful engagement. •Develop a strategy for fruitful ministry.