Migration as a Sign of the Times

Towards a Theology of Migration

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Migrations are contested sites of identity negotiations: they are not simply a process of border crossings but more so of border shiftings. Rather than allowing migrants to swiftly move across stable borders from one clearly defined identity to another, migrations question and renegotiate these very identities. Migrations undermine and re-establish borders along which the identity of migrants (and also that of the supposedly settled population) are constituted, and, as a discourse, migrations serve as a contested site of negotiating identities. Migrations reveal the negotiable character of identities - and representations of migration are themselves a hotspot in contemporary identity constructions.

What can theology contribute to the negotiations on migration? The contributions of this volume work towards a reading of migration as a sign of the times. Together, they offer "steps towards a theology of migration." They show that migration calls for a new way of doing. A theology that is exposed to migration as a sign of the times is drwan into the shifting, unsettling, and undermining of borders. This has impact not only on the discourse of migration, but also on the discourse of theology: it calls theology to move away from its search for well-established definitions (literally: borders) of its God-talk and to venture into new, uncharted territory. It loses its fixed, clearly defined grounds and finds itself on the way toward a renegotiation of what it means to believe in, celebrate, and reflect on YHWH - on God who is with us on the way.
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Biographical Note

Judith Gruber is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Loyola University New Orleans, USA.

Sigrid Rettenbacher is Director of the Centre for Students of Theology at the Theological Faculty of the University of Salzburg and supervisor of the diocesan education of students of theology in the Archdiocese of Salzburg, Austria.

Table of contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface
JUDITH GRUBER AND SIGRID RETTENBACHER ................................................1

Report from the Borders
HAGEN KOPP ..................................................................................................5

Us and Them? Social Justice, Citizenship, and Migration
BRIDGET ANDERSON ......................................................................................15

Migration as a Sign of the Times and a Precarious Locus Theologicus Alienus
HANS JOACHIM SANDER ................................................................................33

Migration as a Sign of the Times: Questions and Remarks from a Practical
Theological Perspective
REGINA POLAK ...............................................................................................47

Remembering Borders: Notes toward a Theology of Migration
JUDITH GRUBER .............................................................................................79

From the Faith and Life of a Migrant to a Theology of Migration and Intercultural
Convivencia
JORGE E. CASTILLO GUERRA ....................................................................... 107

Homeward Bound: A Theology of Migration
DANIEL G. GROODY CSC ...............................................................................131

The Future Begins in Between: Migrational Boundaries as a Trope for
Christian Eschatology
MICHAEL NAUSNER .......................................................................................151

The Venture of Vulnerability: Christological Engravings on Disturbing Questions
about Migration
HILDEGUND KEUL ..........................................................................................167

Index of Names ................................................................................................191

Index of Subjects .............................................................................................195

Contributors .....................................................................................................199