Scattered and Gathered

Catholics in Diaspora

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Michael L. Budde
Studies in World Catholicism
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , September
     260 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Michael M. Canaris forthcoming.


This volume takes its title from the first-century Christian catechism called the Didache: “Even as this broken bread was scattered over the hills . . . gathered together and became one, so let Your Church be gathered together from the ends of the earth.”

For Christians today, these words remain relevant in an era of massive human movements (voluntary and coerced), hybrid identities, and wide-ranging cultural interactions.

How do modern Christians live as both a “scattered” and “gathered” people?

How do they live out the tension between ecclesial universality (catholicity) and particularity (distinctive ways of being church in a given culture and context)?

Do Christians today constitute a “diaspora,” a people dispersed across borders and cultures that nonetheless maintains a sense of commonality and mission?

Scattered and Gathered: Catholics in Diaspora explores these questions through the work of fourteen scholars in different fields and from different corners of the world. Whether through reflections on Zimbabweans in Britain, Levantines in North America, or the remote island people of Chiloé now living in other parts of Chile, they guide readers along the winding road of insights and challenges facing many of today’s Christians.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Michael L. Budde is chair and professor of Catholic Studies and professor of political science at DePaul University, where he is also senior research professor in the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. He is the author of numerous books on ecclesiology, political economy, and culture, including The Borders of Baptism: Identities, Allegiances, and the Church (2011) and the edited volume Witness of the Body: The Past, Present, and Future of Christian Martyrdom (2011).

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