The Capacity to be Displaced: Resilience, Mission, and Inner Strength


The experience of displacement is shared by people who work internationally. The capacity to be displaced is a necessary strength and skill for people working across cultures, particularly for missionaries. In order to deal with the stressful nature of displacement people need to be resilient, resilience makes people flourish in adverse circumstances. This volume presents a specific type of resilience, namely “resilience nourished by inner sources.” Cultivating inner resilience draws on all the facets of a person’s interior life: thoughts and memories, hopes and desires, beliefs and convictions, concerns and emotions. The notion of inner strength and resilience from within is developed using many examples from missionaries and development workers as well as case studies from all over the world.

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Clemens Sedmak holds the F.D. Maurice Chair in Moral and Social Theology at King’s College London. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame working in the area of Social Ethics.
"Mission agency leaders, missionary trainers, and teachers of courses on spiritual formation for mission should read this book. They will find in it invaluable insights into how resilience can be developed that should be shared with current missionaries and those in training." Richard Hibbert, in: Missiology: An International Review Volume 46.4.


Chapter 1: The Capacity to be Displaced

Chapter 2: The Discourse on Resilience

Chapter 3: Testimonies of Epistemic Resilience in Situations of Displacement

Chapter 4: Structures of Inner Being

Chapter 5: Strengthening Powers of Resilience: Voices from the Philokalia

Chapter 6: Cultivating Interiority: Thinking and Therapeutic Arguments

Chapter 7: Resources of Epistemic Resilience: Existential Commitments

Chapter 8: Hope and Love: Epistemic Resilience and “Magis”



All interested in mission and development work, but also readers who want to learn more about resilience; the book is of value to theologians, psychologists, international studies experts, development theorists.
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