DSP4130EN - Theories & Methods of Diaspora Mission

Course description

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.

How this course benefits students

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?

Why this course is important

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.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Diaspora Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Gary Fujino, Professor of Diaspora Studies

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

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."

Missionally driven

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.

Contextually informed

This course will explore different contexts for migration and different models for diaspora leadership. Cultural context is at the heart of diaspora work.

Interculturally focused

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.

Practically minded

Leading diaspora communities takes planning and assessment that leads to practical ways forward.

Experientially transformed

Students will set up some ways to experience diaspora leadership.