Matthew Weiner is an associate dean in the Office of Religious Life at Princeton University. He is the principle investigator (with Stanley N. Katz) for the Religion and Forced Migration Initiative, funded in part by the Luce Foundation.
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What Faith-Based Groups Often Miss in Refugee Resettlement
Religion can be a source of resilience and strength for individual refugees as well as the refugee community as a whole. Mosques, temples, and other sites of worship and ritual practice foster rich social networks, generous mutual aid, and meaningful forms of spiritual and cultural connection. Religious institutions, long recognized as pillars of ethnic community life, are especially vital for refugees who have experienced the traumas of war, forced migration, and resettlement.