CONTENTS:- 1. Lessons from American Immigrant Congregations. 2. Contemporary Transnationalism. 3. Religion and the Process of Migration. 4. The Evolution of Remittances from Family to Faith. 5. Remittance Channels and Financial Infrastructure. 6. Remittances as Financial Flows. 7. Variety of Transnational Religious Networks. 8. Indian Transnationalism.
The fact that recent immigrants to the United States continue to participate in the daily life of the society from which they emigrate is true for religious identities and behaviours as well as in political, economic and family life. This paper describes transnational religious ties between immigrants in six American religious congregations; and family, friends and co-religionists in the home country. In addition to monetary exchanges that benefit religious purposes, there are also exchanges of norms, practices, and social capital. The varied pathways whereby remittances are exchanged are also described. The religious exchanges between home and host countries impact global religious systems.