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Longing for HomeForced Displacement and Postures of Hospitality$
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M. Jan Holton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300207620

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300207620.001.0001

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Leaning into God

Leaning into God

(p.32) Two Leaning into God
Longing for Home

M. Jan Holton

Yale University Press

Home at its best leans into God and compels humans toward a horizon upon which to measure meaning making, belonging, sense of security, and relationship. When leaning into God meaning unfolds in a lived faith narrative, ultimate belonging becomes the plumb line, courage transforms how we define security, and love of the other rooted in love of God and self is the bedrock of relationship. Failures in home while altering the outcome of these functions, sometimes significantly, do not diminish the essential importance of the functions themselves. Home at its best can lead toward physical, psychological, social, and spiritual flourishing though it is likely more relative than absolute in its effect. Such relative flourishing is essential to understanding resilience in the midst of displacement. Nonetheless, forced displacement can create not only a rupture in the functions of home but also can lead to systematized social exclusion. The theologies of Paul Tillich, Edward Farley, and David Kelsey offer insight into understanding human connection to place, social exclusion, and flourishing.

Keywords:   God, Meaning, Belonging, Relationship, Security, Flourishing, Violence, Resilience, Exclusion

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