Pilgrims at the Crossroads, Asian Indian Christians at the North American Frontier
eBook (PDF), 220 Pages
More than 2 million Asian Indians now reside in the United States, making them the third largest Asian American group. Asian Indians are making significant contributions to American society in medicine, technology, business, and many other ventures. A rich religious diversity characterizes this population, including a vibrant Christian presence throughout Indian history. Pilgrims at the Crossroads addresses many contemporary issues that Asian Indian Christians in North America face as well as future ministry challenges and prospects. It provides fascinating new insights about Asian Indian Christian churches whose voices and perspectives have only recently been heard.
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Feb 2, 2010At the initiative of the Rev. Dr. Anand Veeraraj, two consultations brought together Indian Christian pastors, theologians and lay leaders to Princeton Theological Seminary in June and September of 2007 to consider the ways and means for “Multiplying Asian Indian Ministries” in United States of America. CFCC is glad to publish the proceedings of these two consultations in this Indian edition. Pilgrims at the Crossroads, a volume that balances strong scholarship with a passion for ministry among Asian Indians, brings together 15 articles with fascinating new insights about Asian Indian Christians. Like most Asian American Christian communities, the Asian Indian community participates in both the global church and the church in North America. As such, it is strategically situated to promote the common good of all humanity and to advance the vision of God’s kingdom. The book brings an exciting introduction to the experiences of Asian Indian Christians in America. The migrant Indians,... More > Kerala nurse who went alone, struggled to earn and save enough to bring her family to US, sustained an unemployed husband, the slow progress of the family and the paradox of the second generation lifestyle and cultural distance, the place and meaning of religion and faith – these are depicted by Prema Ann Kurien, Glory Thomas and Sam George. Generational struggles, Dalit issues, the challenge of counseling and outreach are the concerns dealt respectively by Jeremy Mathews / Nithin Thompson, Rachel McDermott, David Ravinder and Anita Milne. George Ninan, Jacob David, Nehemiah Thompson, Geomon George, Daniel Jeyaraj, Prince Grenvelle Singh and Anand Veeraraj contribute various topics to identify the Asian Indian Christian ministries, their education, ecumenism, ethics, interaction with America, their mission and its future, in relation to non-christian Indians. As commented by Jayakiran Sebastian (Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia) and Lalsangkima Pachuau (Asbury Theological Seminary), it is an interesting reading into the painful and abrasive process of coming to terms with the new realities by the Indian Christian diaspora community in North America. ‘This book makes an important contribution’ ‘not only for study, but also for reflection on what gifts immigrant communities bring to the multicultural mix that makes the religious pilgrim experience in the United States vibrant, exhilarating, and also challenging, especially at the crossroads of life’. The book represents an innovative beginning in the right direction to identify the global mission of the Indian church in the third millennium. Prof. Siga Arles, PhD Centre for Contemporary Christianity Bangalore, India< Less
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