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Flucht, Migration und Integration Flight, Migration and Integration

Eine Anfrage an die christliche Theologie und Diakonie A Question for Christian Theology and Social Engagement

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Edited By Matthias Heesch, Russell Kleckley and Hans Schwarz

Das Buch legt theologische Deutungen der Thematik Flucht, Migration und Integration, ausgehend von verschiedenen kulturellen und sozialen Kontexten, vor. Viele der Beiträgerinnen und Beiträger sind an Orten tätig, in denen dieser Themenkomplex ähnlich bedeutend ist, wie in Westeuropa. Sie besprechen Flucht, Migration und Integration als Fragen an die christliche Theologie und Diakonie. Ihre individuellen Antworten und Sichtweisen bereichern die kritische Debatte über diese aktuellen Herausforderungen.

This book presents theological approaches to the subject flight, migration and integration from various cultural and social contexts. Many of the contributors are active in places where the issue of flight, migration and integration is similarly significant as it is in Western Europe. They discuss flight, migration and integration as questions for Christian theology and diaconia. Their individual responses and views illuminate and inform the critical discussion for the challenges facing today’s world.

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The essays presented in this volume were written for the Regensburg 2018 Summer School, a theological symposium organized by the Institut für Evangelische Theologie of the University of Regensburg with a generous financial contribution provided by the DAAD (German academic exchange service), held on July 16-22. Consisting mainly of former graduate students and assistants of Professor Emeritus Hans Schwarz and also attended by colleagues from other, mainly Eastern European Universities, the Summer School has been a periodical gathering to consider the relevance of Christian theology for a variety of pressing social, cultural, and political issues on a global scale.

This year’s theme, Flight, Migration, and Integration as a Question for Christian Theology and Diaconia (Flucht, Migration und Integration als Anfrage an die christliche Theologie und Diakonie), is no exception. In a time when political, ethnic, and religious tensions have thrust issues of exile, asylum, migration, and refugee resettlement upon virtually every region of the planet, the topic could not be more urgent. Yet it is also a topic thoroughly familiar to the Judeo-Christian tradition. From biblical mandates of hospitality to the foreigner, to Jesus’ admonition of welcome to the stranger among the least of these, to experiences of exile and refuge both given and received throughout Christian history, to the accumulated wisdom of theological reflection, contemporary Christian theology has inherited a rich and abundant legacy as it considers the meaning of faith for the contemporary issues of flight and migration, as well as questions of...

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