Sunday at the Abbey

We too are Guests: Coming to Terms with Diaspora

GS1.jpgTo work faithfully on immigration reform, Christians must understand their own immigration status. The Church is by definition a people that live in diaspora, a transnational nation that crosses borders and lives among many peoples. Globalization forces us to recognize what it was always supposed to mean to be a global catholic people: Christians’ primary loyalty is to be to Christ rather than the nation-state where Christians reside. Their solidarity with one another should transcend ethnic and nationalist loyalties. In this view, the practice of hospitality begins not from a position of hosts who are in control, but in recognition that we too are guests.

Gerald W. Schlabach is a professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, an oblate of St. John’s Abbey, and a co-founder of the Mennonite-Catholic dialogue group Bridgefolk. A resident scholar at the Collegeville Institute in 2013-14, Dr. Schlabach is a regular contributor to the institute’s Bearings Online. He is currently finishing a book on Catholic peace theology entitled "A Pilgrim People: Becoming a Catholic Peace Church," to be published by Liturgical Press.

March 18, 2018, at the Abbey Chapterhouse.