The Church Can Help Welcome Immigrants To Their New Home

When the news first broke about the identities of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, I heard many news reporters and anchors expressing confusion about how these young men could have allegedly committed such atrocities. Though the Tsarnaev brothers were ethnic Chechens, they had immigrated to the U.S. many years ago, and I repeatedly heard them being described as having been “fully assimilated.”But as more details emerged, it appeared that the “fully assimilated” assumption may have been f … [Read more...]

How Should We Handle Tragedy In The Digital Age?

Tragedy is everywhere. The first notable one for me was 9/11. I was living in Hawaii and had just woken up to find my mom freaked out because of some attack in New York.  I was 9, and so it just didn't matter to me at the time. All I knew was that I got the day off from school because of it. When I was younger, I was oblivious to the conflicts and events of human history. My parents rarely talked about the news; our life revolved around us flying to this thing or that church event. I learned the … [Read more...]

What If The Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects Weren’t White?

As I write this, the massive hunt to find the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has just ended. When the Tsarnaev brothers’ photos were circulated this past Thursday, catalyzing the extraordinary efforts to capture them, I experienced a number of emotions and thoughts. And among them was a reflexive, admittedly selfish prayer: "Thank you, God, that the suspects are not Asian or Asian-American."I was remembering 2007 when Seung Hui Cho unleashed … [Read more...]