THM3440EN - Theology of the Diaspora

Course description

An examination of the phenomenon of increasing global migration of people from both internal and external perspectives. The student explores a theological understanding of how God has worked toward, with, and through people in diaspora in their biblical and historical contexts. Application is made to contemporary immigration, refugee, and justice issues.

How this course benefits students

Every student is aware of changing demographics and of contemporary immigration and refugee issues. This course enables him or her to engage these issues through the lens of a Biblical theology and engage cross-culturally with the people of the Diaspora.

Why this course is important

Contemporary ministry and missions is virtually impossible without considering the global migration of peoples. This course gives the student both the theological foundation and the practical tools to missionally engage those of the Diaspora.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Missional Theology
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

The course is grounded in the Biblical understanding of people movements and of treatment of the foreigner.

Missionally driven

The contemporary reality of diaspora requires that the student consider engaging all nations and peoples with the gospel.

Contextually informed

The course considers the specific contexts where the diaspora of peoples is taking place.

Interculturally focused

The very nature of diaspora implies intercultural understanding and engagement.

Practically minded

The student finishes the course with the ability to engage various peoples missionally.

Experientially transformed

The student has opportunities to experience engagement with multiple people groups and refugees.