Preparation to lead displaced people by examining reasons for immigration and physical, emotional and spiritual issues related to relocation. Explores the differences between refugees for economic reasons and those driven out by persecution or war. Examines contemporary experience, including how technology retains connections and potential ways to grow in community.
Students need tools to understand the roots of migration struggles. What are some ways that diaspora is studied? How do anthropological, sociological, psycholocial, cultural and spiiritual approaches differ?
People in diaspora are often confused and wandering, needing guidance on how to adapt and build their own communities while integrating in helpful ways. This couse will help the student live into those needs and concerns.
We ourselves are strangers on earth, just passing through. Eph 2:19 "So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family." Hebrews 14:2 "Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it."
Being missional means relating well to the people we seek to serve. The missio deisets the stage for living amid foreign-born. As we look specifically at diaspora lead,ership we will explore specifical applications that lead us individually to an integrative approach toward community, heart and life transformation.
This course will explore different contexts for migration and different models for diaspora leadership. Cultural context is at the heart of diaspora work.
Leading people in diaspora is intercultural at its heart. We cross cultures to do it, just as the diaspora people group have done. Many cultures collide.
Leading diaspora communities takes planning and assessment that leads to practical ways forward.
Students will set up some ways to experience diaspora leadership.