Setting the Theological Stage

Posted on December 26, 2015 by PLT Staff

Recording of Session I, “Setting the Theological Stage,” by Orlando Espín at the Spring Institute for Lived Theology 2010 in San Diego, California. Espín raises questions on what immigration says about the meaning and consequences of Christian doctrine. He argues that the border and immigration are important dogmatic issues for every Christian and offers a framework through which the mutually-implicating relationship among and between theology, immigration and the border reality can be understood.

Excerpt: “Theological reflection on immigration must be pardoned parcel of what all Christian theologies and institutions do because being pilgrim, being immigrant toward the reign of God is a necessary, indispensable, non-negotiable, and foundational reality of the church of Christ. Therefore, can we understand ourselves as church without incorporating immigration into that understanding? Of course not, unless we adulterate Christianity. Can institutions that claim to be Christian be there for Christians if they do not institutionally incorporate immigration into their daily mission and reality? Of course not, unless they adulterate Christianity. This is so, not because of political correctness or because of momentary convenience or importance, but because this is of the very essence of Christianity.”

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  • Date Recorded:April 26, 2010
  • Location Recorded:San Diego, California
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