The biblical story is in part one of displacement, exile, and pilgrimage. But there must be a settled location from which to be displaced and from which to go on pilgrimage. Biblical faith is, after all, incarnational: Jesus came to a specific place and time. Though sent out to the world, the apostles went to particular places like Antioch, Corinth, and Rome.
Gertrude Stein famously said of Oakland, California, that “there is no there there.” Contrary to this being a putdown of her home city, she meant that because the house she grew up in was torn down, she no longer had a connection to that place. Mobility, globalization, and modern technology have eroded a sense of place. Much of the time we live in virtual reality.