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Learning to Leave: The Pivotal Role of Cross-cultural ‘Conversion’

Prior, John (2012) Learning to Leave: The Pivotal Role of Cross-cultural ‘Conversion’. Verbum SVD, 53 (2). pp. 219-235. ISSN 0042-3696


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A majority of cross-cultural workers in the Catholic Church now hail from the Southern hemisphere, in particular from Africa and Asia. This switch among “sending nations” from the North and West to the South and East of the globe has radically altered the whole dynamics of cross-cultural church presence. Clearly, this is a positive development in a multi-cultural globalising world. My concern is with professional missioners among these cross-cultural workers. Unease has arisen about some of these missioners who return to their home country “early”. As a case study I look at the situation of the largest professional cross-cultural mission organisation in the Catholic Church, the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD), taking up the case of Indonesia

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Cross-cultural workers, cross-cultural conversion, denial, acceptance, integration
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Dr John Prior
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2014 04:33
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 04:33
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1556

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