migration iin missological perspective

Migration in Missiological Perspective

With a specific focus on Los Angeles—and its unique history and culture— scholars explore wider issues of migration, transnationalism, and interfaith engagement as they relate to missiological thinking and practice.

“No other metropolitan complex has consistently generated more evangelistic fervor and nurtured a stronger missionary imperative than Los Angeles.”

Darren Dochuk
Richard Flory

Richard Flory on the Cultural Ecology of Los Angeles

In his lecture “City of Dreams: Los Angeles as a Cradle for Religious Activism, Innovation, and Diversity,” Richard Flory, senior director of research and evaluation at USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, introduces the unique culture of Los Angeles and considers the dynamics between culture and place. WATCHHolistic Healing and Wellness

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Alexia Salvatierra

Response | Alexia Salvatierra on Immigration Reform and Integral Mission

In response to Richard Flory’s lecture “City of Dreams,” Alexia Salvatierra, assistant professor of integral mission and global transformation, talks about what we can learn from LA’s recent history of immigration reform. WATCHHolistic Healing and Wellness

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Alexia Salvatierra and Richard Flory

Q&A | Richard Flory and Alexia Salvatierra

Richard Flory and Alexia Salvatierra discuss LA’s history of immigration, religion, and culture in a Q&A moderated by Kirsteen Kim. WATCHHolistic Healing and Wellness

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Juan Martinez

Juan Martínez on the “In-Betweenness” of Latino Protestantism

In his lecture “Missiological Reflections on the ‘In-Betweenness’ of Latino Protestantism,” Juan Martínez, president of Centro Hispano de Estudios Teológicos (CHET), explains the polycentric identity of Latino protestants, who inhabit a liminal space ethnically, sociologically, and religiously. WATCHHolistic Healing and Wellness

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Lisseth Rojas-Flores

Response | Lisseth Rojas-Flores on Latino Children and Identity Formation

In response to Juan Martínez’s lecture “Missiological Reflections on the ‘In-Betweenness’ of Latino Protestantism,” Lisseth Rojas-Flores, associate professor of clinical psychology, talks about the adversity faced by Latino children in the US and how churches can act as a positive disruption to this pattern. WATCHChristian Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy

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Lisseth Rojas-Flores

Q&A | Lisseth Rojas-Flores

Lisseth Rojas-Flores discusses migration, cultural violence, and the church’s role in immigration policy in a Q&A moderated by Kirsteen Kim. WATCHTheology and Protest

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Giocchino Campese

Gioacchino Campese on Catholicity

In his lecture “Catholicity: Migration, Religion, and World Christianity,” Gioacchino Campese, professor of the theology of human mobility at Pontifical Urbaniana University, considers the church’s eschatological call toward catholicity in the context of our changing and globalized world. WATCHChristian Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy

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Cecil Robeck

Response | Cecil M. Robeck Jr. on Migration and Unity

In response to Gioacchino Campese’s lecture “Catholicity: Migration, Religion, and World Christianity,” Cecil M. Robeck Jr., senior professor of church history and ecumenics, speaks about Christian love and unity in the context of migration. WATCHChristian Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy

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Cecil Robeck and Giocchino Campese

Q&A | Gioacchino Campese and Cecil M. Robeck Jr.

Gioacchino Campese and Cecil M. Robeck Jr. discuss missions, ecumenism, and world Christianity in a Q&A moderated by Alexia Salvatierra. WATCHChristian Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy

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Zayn Kassam

Zayn Kassam on Muslim Migration in the United States

In her lecture “Faith Resources: Muslim Migration to Los Angeles,” Zayn Kassam, John Knox MacLean Professor of Religious Studies at Pomona College, speaks about the positive influence of Muslim migrant communities in the US, even against the oppressive American realities of racism of Islamophobia. WATCHTheology and Protest

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Matthew Kaeminck

Response | Matthew Kaemingk on Sustainable Hospitality

In response to Zayn Kassam’s lecture “Faith Resources: Muslim Migration to Los Angeles,” Matthew Kaemingk, assistant professor of Christian ethics, considers what is required for our communities to cultivate and sustain the virtues of hospitality and neighborly love—particularly against xenophobia and white supremacy. WATCHHolistic Healing and Wellness

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Matthew Kaeminck and Zayn Kassam

Q&A | Zayn Kassam and Matthew Kaemingk

Zayn Kassam and Matthew Kaemingk discuss religious values and hospitality in a Q&A moderated by Alexia Salvatierra. WATCHTheology and Protest

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Panel | Faith-Based Responses to the Immigration Crisis

Isaac Cuevas, Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, Salam Al-Marayati, and Nancy Yuen discuss responses to the immigration crisis from interfaith and interdisciplinary perspectives in this panel discussion moderated by Alexia Salvatierra. WATCHChristian Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy

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Jason Sexton

Jason Sexton on California, Borders, and Belonging

In his lecture “Borders: Citizenship in California,” Jason Sexton, visiting research scholar at the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, surveys California’s—and LA’s—history of shifting borders and invasive violence, and asks what belonging and citizenship mean in such a place. WATCHTheology and Protest

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Darren Dochuk

Darren Dochuk on LA’s Protestant Migrations and Religious Transformation

In response to Darren Dochuk’s lecture “Errands in the Wilderness,” Robert Chao Romero, associate professor of Chicana/o and Central American studies at UCLA, explores the history of Latino protestant communities in Los Angeles and the churches, institutions, and theologies that arose from them. WATCHTheology and Protest

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Robert Chao Romero

Response | Robert Chao Romero on Latino Protestants in LA

In response to Darren Dochuk’s lecture “Errands in the Wilderness,” Robert Chao Romero, associate professor of Chicana/o and Central American studies at UCLA, explores the history of Latino protestant communities in Los Angeles and the churches, institutions, and theologies that arose from them. WATCHChristian Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy

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Robert Chao Romero and Darren Dochuk

Q&A | Darren Dochuk and Robert Chao Romero

Darren Dochuk and Robert Chao Romero discuss Los Angeles’s unique racial and religious history in a Q&A moderated by Dwight Radcliff. WATCHTheology and Protest

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Rebecca Kim

Rebecca Y. Kim on Asian American Christianity

In her lecture “Making Their Mark: Asian Americans and the Californian ‘Christian’ Landscape,” Rebecca Y. Kim, Frank R. Seaver Chair of Social Science and director of the ethnic studies program at Pepperdine University, speaks about the impact made by Asian American Christians on the American church, despite the historic challenges of systemic exclusion and discrimination they faced and continue to face. WATCHHolistic Healing and Wellness

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Daniel Lee

Response | Daniel D. Lee on Asian American History

In response to Rebecca Kim’s lecture “Making Their Mark: Asian Americans and the Californian ‘Christian’ Landscape,” Daniel D. Lee, academic dean for Fuller’s Center for Asian American Theology and Ministry, highlights the importance of contextual literacy and a nuanced understanding of Asian American Christian history. WATCHHolistic Healing and Wellness

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Rebecca Kim and Daniel Lee

Q&A | Rebecca Y. Kim and Daniel D. Lee

Rebecca Y. Kim and Daniel D. Lee discuss erasure, the model minority myth, and Asianization in a Q&A moderated by Dwight Radcliff. WATCHTheology and Protest

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Panel | Migrant Ministries in Los Angeles

Lee de Leon, Hyepin Im, and Kelvin Sauls discuss their work and various experiences with migrant communities in LA in this panel discussion moderated by Alexia Salvatierra. WATCHChristian Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy

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Leopold Sanchez

Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. on Theological Approaches to Migration

In his lecture “Theological Approaches to Migration: Their Impact on Missional Thinking and Action,” Leopoldo A. Sánchez M., Werner R. H. and Elizabeth R. Krause Professor of Hispanic Ministries at Concordia Seminary, reflects on how various models of migration can shape how we understand our practice of mission and our call to love our neighbors. WATCHHolistic Healing and Wellness

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Carly Crouch

Response | Carly Crouch on Migration and the Old Testament

In response to Leopoldo Sánchez’s lecture “Theological Approaches to Migration,” Carly Crouch, David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament, speaks about the centrality of migrant experiences to the Old Testament and how migration necessarily shapes our understanding of theology and mission. WATCHHolistic Healing and Wellness

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Carly Crouch and Leopold Sanchez

Q&A | Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. and Carly Crouch

Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. and Carly Crouch discuss immigration, hospitality, justice, and the Old Testament in a Q&A moderated by Kirsteen Kim. WATCHChristian Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy

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Panel | Migration, Transnationalism, and Faith in Missiological Perspective

Richard Flory, Alexia Salvatierra, Juan Martínez, Gioacchino Campese, Zayn Kassam, Jason Sexton, Darren Dochuk, Rebecca Y. Kim, and Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. discuss migration and missiology, with a focus on Los Angeles, in this panel discussion moderated by Kirsteen Kim. WATCHTheology and Protest

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In 2020, Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies held its annual Missiology Lectures on “Migration, Transnationalism, and Faith in Missiological Perspective: Los Angeles as a Global Crossroads.”