“My full-time employee was beginning his furlough this week and he was saying ‘what am I going to do for rent?’ I had no idea what we were going to do.”
-Northern Seminary honors foundation
-Grant funds pastoral residency
Texas is refusing to welcome people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes by war, famine, religious and cultural persecution and who have passed through the extensive process of becoming a refugee in our country.
Meeting Dec. 5 with a group of 48 Jesuits from Southeast Asia during his apostolic visit to Thailand and Japan, the pontiff mentioned Herod while responding to a question about refugees in Thailand and how to live out a “ministry of hospitality.”
Headlines about Turkey’s October offensive in northern Syria have all but faded. But the danger is far from over for Christians trapped in the region. And the agony also remains palpable among refugees and others in North America who know…
“Sadly, the issue gets caught up in some of our current polarized divides.”
Anh and Xuan’s plight was desperate and dangerous, their destiny cast into the hands of resentful and suspicious nations, their destination completely unknown. A generation later, their families are strong, and their contributions to our society are profound.
What I will take away from my five days in south Texas is this: Unless we are willing to let go of systems and theologies that target the vulnerable, unless we are willing to recognize our own Saul-like tendencies, I don’t think the scales will fall from our eyes.
Despite their disturbing, even demonic, histories, both white supremacy and nationalism are back. Now they are fused with Christian zeal, a mixture that has only ever been – and will only ever be – toxic.