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The Church on the Move: Mission in an Age of Migration

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Abstract Migration is not only a contemporary challenge but something that humanity has undergone since earliest times. Interwoven into our genetic, biological, and spiritual DNA, it is fundamental to our identity as human beings, and it is also at the core of Christian mission. This article examines (1) the external journey of migrants, (2) the internal journey or spirituality of migrants, and (3) the human journey before God or a theology of migration. The author presents not only what the Church teaches about migration but also the underlying reasons why it does so. It looks at the contemporary challenges of global migration in light of God’s migration to us in the incarnation and our return migration to God through discipleship, mission, and the journey to redemption. It argues that our fundamental identity rests in the end not on the creed of a nation but on who we are as a pilgrim people and our movement outward in mission to strangers in need.

Affiliations: 1: University of Notre Dame


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