Theologies on the Move is a crucial addition to theological conversations on religion, migration, and pilgrimage in the World of Neoliberal Capital. It has come at the right time when migration is top on the list of the signs of our times. The combination of migration and pilgrimage gives new insight to understanding ancient and modern movement of people from a theological perspective and highlights the World Council of Churches methodology of pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. Its methodological claim of doing theological reflection based on everyday experiences gives authenticity as a contribution to liberation theology. It is a must read for academics, students, religious leaders and policy makers who want to make a difference in understanding and acting for people on the move.
Timely and necessary, this book places the experiences of migrants, pilgrims, refugees, and victims of sex-trafficking at the center of theological inquiry. Destabilizing static notions of God, nation, and people, it challenges us to move outside our comfort zone to join a pilgrimage for life in the midst of grinding oppression of capitalism and empire. A must-read for anyone interested in religion and migration.
In the fast-growing literature on the theology of migration Theologies on the Move stands out as the most cutting-edge. It unmasks the nefarious impact of neoliberal globalization on faceless migrant laborers, forced migrants, victims of human trafficking, and Latino migrants in the U.S. It studies the moves migrants have to make in their identities, cultures, and religions. It also makes surprising connections between migration and pilgrimage, a common religious practice but rarely examined in the context of neoliberal capitalism. Truly a cornucopia of challenging insights that must be read by those working against the forces that create migrations for profit.
This collection of critical essays by scholars from across the Majority World challenges readers to rethink how they understand the human quest for survival, identity, belonging, and religious meaning within the massive contemporary waves of humanity on the move, driven by the overwhelming forces of neoliberal globalization, transnational capitalism, as well as unbridled economic greed and exploitation of humans. The authors are to be commended for their thought provoking essays offering much needed analysis, critique, and constructive theological responses on the complexities of border crossings, identity constructions, uprootedness and exile, religious longing and belonging within the intersectionality of migration and pilgrimage as two sides of the contemporary movements of people across the globe.