Yanan Melo (he/him) is a writer, poet, and independent musician from the city of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. He is currently pursuing a BA in Theology from Moody Bible Institute with an emphasis on postcolonial theology and the Filipina/o context. Currently working on an album and storybook about the Asian American migrant experience, Yanan seeks to bridge the gap between theological research and social action through word and music. www.yananmelo.com

Coming Home to the River
On Baptism, Displacement, and the Filipina/o Migrant Experience
By Yanan Melo

Today, we are living in the postcolonial moment when sisters and brothers in the Majority World are rediscovering what it means to be baptized into Christ’s body. The lands of the earth are now crying out to God for healing after centuries of colonialism, and God has given the church a new possibility to garden their lands well and cultivate indigenous cultures in a way that worships God liturgically and eschatologically through tribe and tongue.