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Immigration, Refugees, and Faith Traditions

Is the Movement of Refugees and Immigrants a Threat or an Opportunity? Why?
Europe in the 21st century has witnessed the great migration of refugees from violence in the Middle East and north Africa, and the United States continues to wrestle with how to deal with immigrants from south and central America.

National borders, cultural stability, labor demands, and pure human suffering all come together in a great Gordian knot. Brexit is, in part, a result of these concerns.

What does your faith perspective teach you about refugees? How do your politics and your religious convictions come together to inform policy and shape your attitude?


Featured Panelists

My States of Living: An Immigrant Speaks

My States of Living: An Immigrant Speaks

Nadia Alawa

Our United States continues to offer opportunities and a home to its tired, its poor, to the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. We are a nation of immigrants.

Hospitality for the Stranger

Hospitality for the Stranger

Yvonne Aburrow

Every ancient pagan culture had very strong traditions of hospitality.

Refugee Policies for the Common Good

Refugee Policies for the Common Good

Carlos Campo

We will be a richer nation in every sense of the word if we treat those who are here with justice and mercy.

Calvin's Refugees: Remembering Christ as Fugitive

Calvin's Refugees: Remembering Christ as Fugitive

Julie Canlis

The influx of refugees today is both threat and opportunity, but for Christians in North America in particular, the greater threat is that we forget the context from which we came.

Refugee Distress: Do We Think We're Immune to Suffering?

Refugee Distress: Do We Think We're Immune to Suffering?

Victor Carmona

Many in our Hispanic communities are wondering how to remain faithful and hopeful when so many of our country's leaders toy with immigration issues for political gain.

Turning Enemies Into Friends: Immigrants and Refugees

Turning Enemies Into Friends: Immigrants and Refugees

Richard Cizik

Who really is a hero? It is the person who turns his enemy into a friend. The one who builds bridges of understanding and compassion. And loves the refugee and immigrant.

Paradise, Disturbed: The Torah on Strangers

Paradise, Disturbed: The Torah on Strangers

Rabbi Ari Hart

Judaism is a religion of obligation—of trying to actualize commands, what we call mitzvot, that bind us to God and bring God's presence into this world.

The Use and Abuse of the Bible in the Immigration Debate

The Use and Abuse of the Bible in the Immigration Debate

James K. Hoffmeier

The problem is that many make a simplistic correlation between the ancient Israelite social law and the modern situation as if the Bible was addressing the same problem.

Humanism and the

Humanism and the "Other"

Dale McGowan

Two values that animate humanists above all others are the value of rational responses over emotional ones and the rejection of every form of tribalism.

Refugees and the Right to Basic Goods

Refugees and the Right to Basic Goods

Germain McKenzie

We should see human beings as ends and never as means. The right thing to do with refugees and immigrants should not to be determined by any cost/benefit analysis.

Affirming Life by Affirming the Stranger in Our Midst

Affirming Life by Affirming the Stranger in Our Midst

Sharon Miller

We have been given an unprecedented opportunity to be generous and humane. Let us seize the moment and affirm life.

Entangled Injustices: Refugees, Water, Human Trafficking

Entangled Injustices: Refugees, Water, Human Trafficking

Cameron Trimble and Susan Barnett

Migrants and refugees are at exceptional risk; their legal status, losses, and living situations leave them particularly vulnerable to those who promise safe passage to hope and a better life.