The Common Good

Results for welcoming the stranger

'Are You the People That Help Immigrants?'
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

Many denominations and individual churches — like The Bridge — are taking action to ensure their members don’t miss out on welcoming and serving immigrants, who in turn will help U.S. churches embody and refle ...

Reviving the Sanctuary Movement
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

Currently, the Sanctuary Movement allows members of congregations who are facing deportation to reside within the sacred space of a church, synagogue, or mosque in order to avoid immediate deportation from the ...

From the Archives: September 1984
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Stacey Merkt Where is the Refuge? EL SALVADOR'S war has already claimed 40,000 lives. But our government ...

'The Stranger' Shows Realities of U.S.' Broken Immigration System
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

The personal stories of immigrants who are facing the unintended consequences of our countries broken immigration policies are often left out of the national debate. 'The Stranger' offers just a few ...

Don’t Leave People of African Descent Out of the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

Many people like to point out that people should just do things the “right way.” While I agree with the premise of this statement, the likelihood of success for many people of color is slim to none. The realit ...

A Phoenix Easter Story
Originally Posted: 06/06/2014 - 8:38am | Type: Blog

The complexities of reforming our immigration laws remain, yet today I find myself filled with the hope that comes when one meets Jesus risen from the dead. I first heard about Ru ...

Walk a Mile in My Shoes
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

It troubles me that many Christians easily absorb popular sentiments against undocumented immigrants. Many Christians seem oblivious to the horrible conditions in which people are living, conditions that cause ...

'One Relationship Can Help Us See the Light'
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

In his book, the stories Jonathan tells about what happens when you open your heart and your life to others is encouraging and inspiring. It all comes down to relationships — and the God who calls us to enter ...

A Call to Reclaim Our Immigrant Roots
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The “hospitality” we are called to is one of seeing someone whom we may identify as “other” and loving them. “I didn't come here because I wanted a job ... I came here becaus ...

No Girls Allowed
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

Summer is a relatively slow time in church life, and as such, it is usually the time when we have a chance to get away with family for some much-needed rest and relaxation. This past week, we went to visit Amy ...

On Scripture: Good Samaritans All Around
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

In recent weeks, a number of controversial and divisive political questions have dominated the news. Race and voting rights, abortion in Texas, and marriage equality at the Supreme Court have opened anew the s ...

Loving Our Country By Facilitating Opportunity
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

I love our country and the people in it. I admit that I have received many more opportunities than I deserve. I am ready to facilitate opportunities for others. When I first met ...

Alabama Senator Denies the Moral Responsibility of Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions recently made the claim that there is no “moral or legal responsibility to reward somebody who entered the country [without documentation].” The momentu ...

On Scripture: Immigration Reform and the Challenges of Generosity
Originally Posted: 01/30/2013 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

An authentically Christian call to action concerning how this nation treats and welcomes immigrants must go beyond issuing moral platitudes and encouraging compassionate treatment of the needy. It must also ac ...

Welcoming the Stranger: What Jordan's Bedouin Can Teach Us
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

A recent UNHCR report notes that, increasingly, Syrians are arriving in Jordan with only the clothes they are wearing and with few economic resources after months of unemployment. ...

Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration and G92
Originally Posted: 02/08/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Whether what is happening in Alabama as a result of this law — and, as the program reveals, a great deal is happening, even if most of us outside of the state aren’t paying attention — was the intention of the ...