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Each in our own language

Why do people who move countries so often take their churches with them? James Gardom explains why and challenges us to welcome new communities

Each in our own language

Why do people who move countries so often take their churches with them? James Gardom explains why and challenges us to welcome new communities

 

IMAGINE THAT YOU ARE MOVING FROM ONE COUNTRY TO ANOTHER, whether as a refugee or as an emigrant. In the place you came from you were someone. At least until the war came to your door, there were people who knew you. They could tell things about you from the way you dress. They would know that you spoke a particularly pure, or a particularly up-to-date version of your language. Your surname would tell people something. You might come from a family of famous singers, or be related to a much admired Christian minister. In addition, you have formal qualifications, and an informal reputation - all of these things make it possible for you to get things done. All these things together can be thought of as your 'Personal Social Capital'.

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