Immigration Simulation Reveals a Broken System

Today I had an experience that every adult U.S. citizen should be made to undergo. Gathered in a university cafeteria with a large group of students and community members, I was paired up with a young social work student and given a folder. It contained our names – Lucía and Juana Delgadillo – and information [Read More…]

Brains, Bodies, Borders, Biases and the Circle of Holy Belonging

Vox Nova is pleased to publish the following guest post by Rhonda Miska. “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls, to arrive at its destination full of hope.”     This was the refrain repeated over and over as I stood in a prayer circle of about thirty interfaith activists, a [Read More…]

We Want Our Dignity Back

A recent World Council of Churches delegation to Iraq reported on the complex feelings and wrenching dilemmas of Christians there.  They quoted one woman named Lubna Yusef, who I will let speak for herself here because her voice, unsettling as it is, deserves to be heard. “What did we do to deserve this? I hate traveling [Read More…]

#IamaStranger

This is not a long post.  This is not a critically reasoned post.  Rather, it is an attempt to explain, partly to myself, why I have decided participate in a bit of Facebook activism.  I don’t usually participate in the social actions that crop up on Facebook, and indeed at times I have been openly [Read More…]

It’s the end of the world as we know it…

And I feel far from fine. After this first week of the Trump era, I am left without words. I’ll be back in touch when I find them again. For now, I have three things for you. The first is a quotation from the gospel of Matthew: ¨I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.¨ [Read More…]

The Church, the State, and the Sanctity of Life

As I sat down to watch Tuesday’s vice-presidential debate, knowing that much has already been made of both candidates’ self-professed Christian faith, what I dreaded most was the possibility of the name of Jesus Christ being taken up as a political weapon on both sides. In fact, they almost made it through the debate without doing [Read More…]

Beyond Methodological Nationalism

Our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Second World War. This presents us with great challenges and many hard decisions. On this continent, too, thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of [Read More…]

Health Care and Language Access

That yesterday, November 15, marked the start of the open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace is a well-known fact at my current place of work, which may be about the only place in America where terms like “health insurance marketplace” or even “Obamacare” have little or no political connotations.  They may elicit groans, [Read More…]

Being Poor in the Third World

Nine years ago the science fiction writer John Scalzi published a blog post entitled Being Poor.    It became very popular and was reprinted in a number of venues.    It consisted of a series of short statements that attempt to encapsulate what being poor in America really means.  The list is long, but here [Read More…]