Faith and Migration

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Proceedings of the 2nd Dominican Study week, Pietermaritzburg, 28 - 30 November 2016

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This book contains twenty-four papers presented at a conference on “Faith and Migration” organised by the Dominican Vice-Province of Southern Africa on 28-30 November 2016 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. A significant feature of the project was that only some speakers were academics. Most were students for the ministry, priests, pastors and activists. 

In one way or another everybody has been or still is a migrant. With massive movements of population within all continents, including Africa, and from one continent to another, from the South to the North in particular, the face of contemporary society is changing rapidly. Some welcome this evolution; others find it threatening and reject it. As several papers in this book point it out, for spiritual and theological reasons Christians should be the first to recognise the migrants as brothers and sisters and value their agency in their new homeland.

Founded eight hundred years ago by Dominic de Guzman, a Spanish priest with great awareness of the social and intellectual challenges of his time, the Dominican Order tries to articulate and practice at the same time the Christian faith in today’s world.  There are close to forty Dominican friars in Southern Africa. Their ministries include student chaplaincy, teaching, media, promotion of justice and peace and parish work. They work in close cooperation with Dominican sisters and members of lay fraternities. 

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Philippe Denis (Editor)