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New Anthology Sparks Theological Discussion of Displacement and Marginalization

February 19, 2019

Readers are called to remember that Jesus was an immigrant in the new book, “Displaced Persons: Theological Reflection on Immigration, Refugees, and Marginalization.” This thoughtful anthology was released by the Publishing Office of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, and offers a springboard for greater discussion of these challenging topics.

Edited by Matthew W. Charlton and Timothy S. Moore, “Displaced Persons” grew out of an international dialogue among collegiate ministers of The United Methodist Church. University chaplains, pastors and faculty members from all over the world offer perspectives on everything from the migrant crisis to the struggles of marginalized native communities and the exodus of young adults from the church.

Charlton and Moore have carefully selected essays that use both personal experience and hard data to explore the impact of various kinds of displacement.

Charlton is a research associate with Wesley House in Cambridge, England, and teaches in the College of Theology and Christian Ministry at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Moore is the director of donor development for Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Displaced Persons” is available now on Amazon and Cokesbury.

Wesley’s Foundery Books is an imprint of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. Representing the rich diversity of the church, Wesley’s Foundery Books offers a disciplined and balanced approach. GBHEM’s publishing office produces books that engage, nurture and advocate for the intellectual life of The United Methodist Church. GBHEM Publishing is an affiliate member of the Association of University Presses. 

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About GBHEM: As the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s mission is to build capacity for United Methodist lay and clergy leaders to discover, claim and flourish in Christ’s calling in their lives, by creating connections and providing resources to aid in recruitment, education, professional development and spiritual formation. Every elder, deacon and licensed local pastor benefits from our training and candidacy programs. Many young adults find help in clarifying their vocation and God’s call in their lives through our leadership and discernment programs. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @GBHEM.

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