World Refugee Day Dinner

The Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis Refugee and Immigrant Services organization is hosting a World Refugee Day Dinner. Click through for more details. World Refugee Day is actually June 20th, and the Exodus website has a lot of other information and resources related to that event. [Read more…]

It’ll Be OK Mom

Here’s how Abdul Saltagi’s essay, which won this year’s Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest, begins: “It’ll be okay mom,” I lied, trying to comfort my distraught mother. She had just heard the news that her nephew, my cousin, was captured by the Syrian Government and her sister hadn’t heard any news of him for days. [Read More…]

Welcoming Strangers, Finding Brothers and Sisters

There are several upcoming events in Indianapolis related to refugees and justice, a subject that has been very much on my mind, as I’ll be teaching a course that will run over the entirety of the next academic year, in parallel with the Butler Seminar on Religion and Global Affairs, the theme of which for [Read More…]

Statement from Princeton Seminary Faculty

The faculty of Princeton Theological Seminar have issued a statement about president Donald Trump’s approach to refugees, immigration, and a number of other matters more generally. Here is the opening paragraph: We, the undersigned, believe that because God is sovereign over all creation and because all human beings are embraced by God’s all encompassing grace, [Read More…]

Slavery to the Fear of Death

Richard Beck’s words in a recent blog post seemed to me meme-worthy. Here is the quote (with a little extra, to show that it is worth clicking through to read the whole thing) – the meme is at the end of the post below… And as the fear of death falls upon us so does [Read More…]

Fatal Terrorist Attacks in the United States Carried Out by Refugees

An article in The Washington Post confirms the information in the graphic above. And going back further, CNN notes that three refugees from Cuba killed a total of three people in a terrorist attack, prior to new legislation being introduced in 1980 to screen refugees more thoroughly. [Read more…]

Guns vs. Refugees: Hypocrisy Illustrated

We see one practical example of the above in the decision of Republican politicians to remove laws that restricted the access of people with mental illnesses to guns. [Read more…]

Biblical Scholars Stand With Refugees

If it has been disheartening to see the actions of America’s president and his supporters, and the harmful effects on people that those actions have had on refugees and other extremely vulnerable constituencies, it has been encouraging to see so many people of different backgrounds being united in their outspokenness against these policies. I plan [Read More…]

A Nativity Minus the Migrants and Middle-Easterners

The title that the above was given when I first encountered it was “A nativity scene without Jews, Arabs, Africans or refugees.” The question of where the magi came from is left out – Persia (modern day Iran), perhaps, which may or may not be considered the Middle East, depending on where one chooses to [Read More…]

The Skittles Problem

I apologize for the language in this Facebook post, but it seemed worth sharing. I could see the Skittles problem replacing the trolley problem as the go-to ethics thought experiment in coming years… [Read more…]