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“God called us here for a reason” … Karen and Chin Baptist Churches in Victoria: Mission from the Margins of a Diaspora Community

Cronshaw, Darren J.; Wilson, Stacey; Yang, Meewon; Dah, Ner; Khia, Si; Kuung, Arohn and Lian, Japheth (2015) “God called us here for a reason” … Karen and Chin Baptist Churches in Victoria: Mission from the Margins of a Diaspora Community. In: We are Pilgrims: Mission from, in and with the Margins of our Diverse World. UNOH Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 263-278. ISBN 9780994202345


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Approximately 8,500 Karen and Chin Baptists have migrated to Australia over recent years. These people groups of Burma (Myanmar) are majority Christian but many are displaced because of intense persecution and injustice. Karen and Chin migrants have settled mainly in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney and formed approximately fifty new congregations. This is a significant source of growth for Australian Baptists, and presents new opportunities and challenges for ministry in a multicultural society. This action research project collaboratively researches the life and ministry of Karen and Chin Baptist Churches in Australia with interviews of key church leaders. It affirms the strengths of Karen and Chin congregations, and identifies their challenges and opportunities for mission. The project particularly explores implications for broader mission beyond Karen and Chin migrants and implications for ministry of second-generation Chin and Karen young people. It is a case study of mission to, through, and by and beyond the margins of a Diaspora community.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Migration, Burma, Myanmar, Chin, Karen, diaspora missiology, Baptist church, multicultural ministry
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Rev Prof Darren John Cronshaw
Date Deposited: 04 May 2015 04:43
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 01:52
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1750

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