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Urban Christian Spirituality

East Asian and Nordic Perspectives

Knut Alfsvåg and Thor Strandenæs

This book explores some of the challenges presented to church and mission from the contemporary culture of globalization and how this affects Christian spirituality in various ways. The attention is primarily focused on contemporary East Asian urban life, but from the assumption that this may not be all that different from what is experienced in urban contexts in other parts of the world. The authors all share an affiliation with institutions related to the Norwegian Mission Society and its work in East Asia.
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Foreigners in the city and Christian Spirituality caring for them. The situation in the cities of Taiwan with special interest on migrant workers in Tao Yuan County



It is not new that there are many foreign minorities in cities. Paul, in his time, met many groups of foreign people and cities like Ephesus have been a melting pot for many different groups of people. And it is also not new that Jews and Christians cared for these people, because the Bible clearly teaches this. But often Christians simply oversaw these population groups and did not care for them as they should. In the modern city there is a growing tendency to split up in many language and subculture groups, which on the whole have little interest in one another. Sadly, Christians and churches are often also influenced by this disinterest.

This essay will first describe the need for a Christian Spirituality which cares for these foreign people from the viewpoint both of the Old and New Testament. Afterwards it will show the need for this in the context of the modern city. Then it will describe encouraging examples of a Christian spirituality which cares for foreigners in Taiwan and especially for migrant workers in the Tao Yuan County. Most interest will be given to the Thai ministry. This essay is based not only on literature research, but also on field studies and the author’s own experience.

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