The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong

Here is a gripping journey of loss, alienation, and belonging. In the god who sees, immigration advocate karen Gonzalez recounts her family’s migration from the instability of Guatemala to making a new life in Los Angeles and the suburbs of south Florida. Meet people who have fled their homelands. Hagar. Ruth.

As witnesses to god’s liberating power, they name the God they see at work, and they become grafted onto God’s family tree.  . Abraham, joseph, hagar, Ruth: these intrepid heroes of the faith cross borders and seek refuge. Here, too, is the sweeping epic of immigrants and refugees in Scripture. In the midst of language barriers, and the tremendous pressure to assimilate, cultural misunderstandings, Gonzalez encounters Christ through a campus ministry program and begins to follow him.

Find the power of jesus, a refugee Savior who calls us to become citizens in a country not of this world. Joseph. Here is a riveting story of seeking safety in another land. Find resources for welcoming immigrants in your community and speaking out about an outdated immigration system. Jesus.

Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate

Ultimately they point toward immigration reform that is compassionate, sensible, and just as they offer concrete ways for you and your church to welcome and minister to your immigrant neighbors. This revised edition includes new material on refugees and updates in light of changes in political realities.

Voices on all sides argue strongly for action and change. Christians find themselves torn between the desire to uphold laws and the call to minister to the vulnerable. In this book world relief immigration experts Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang move beyond the rhetoric to offer a Christian response to immigration.

With careful historical understanding and thoughtful policy analysis, they debunk myths and misconceptions about immigration and show the limitations of the current immigration system. Academy of parish clergy - 2018 Top Ten ListImmigration is one of the most complicated issues of our time. They put a human face on the issue and tell stories of immigrants' experiences in and out of the system.


Migrations of the Holy: God, State, and the Political Meaning of the Church

When nationality becomes the primary source of identity and belonging, the language of nationalism becomes a liturgy, the state becomes the god and idol of its own religion, he warns, and devotees willingly sacrifice their lives to serve and defend their country. But william cavanaugh argues that religious fervor never left -- it has only migrated toward a new object of worship.

. In migrations of the holy he examines the disconcerting modern transfer of sacred devotion from the church to the nation-state. In these chapters cavanaugh cautions readers to be wary of a rigid separation of religion and politics that boxes in the church and sends citizens instead to the state for hope, comfort, and salvation as they navigate the risks and pains of mortal life.

Read more about the book in a blog post by Cavanaugh on EerdWord. Cavanaugh urges christians to resist this form of idolatry, to unthink the inevitability of the nation-state and its dreary party politics, to embrace radical forms of political pluralism that privilege local communities -- and to cling to an incarnational theology that weaves itself seamlessly and tangibly into all aspects of daily life and culture.

Whether one thinks that "religion" continues to fade or has made a comeback in the contemporary world, there is a common notion that "religion" went away somewhere, at least in the West.

The Borders of Baptism: Identities, Allegiances, and the Church Theopolitical Visions Book 11

For those who proclaim jesus as Lord, this identity should supersede all others, and this loyalty should trump all lesser ones. It may be a simple claim, but it is a controversial one for many people, Christians and non-Christians alike. The borders of baptism uses the idea of solidarity among Christians as a lens through which to view politics, economics, and culture.

Budde is professor of political science and catholic Studies at DePaul University, where he is also Senior Research Scholar in the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. Budde's vision of ecclesial solidarity is stunning, moving the discussion beyond platitudes and slogans to both argue for and display the practices necessary for Christians who wish to take seriously their baptismal commitment.

John berkmanlupina centre for spirituality, race, national identity, not just in so-called 'spiritual' matters, Healthcare and Ethics"What would it look like if Christians took their baptisms and baptismal vows seriously, class, but in every aspect of life? With his usual wit and clarity Michael Budde shows us some of the ways that baptism intersects with issues of immigration, and globalization.

It invites readers to see what it might mean to be members of a community broader than the largest nation-state; more pluralistic than any culture in the world; more deeply rooted in the lives of the poor and marginalized than any revolutionary movement; and more capable of exemplifying the notion of ;e pluribus unum' than any empire past, present, or future.

Contemporary catholic and Protestant ethics are rather divided on the significance of the renewed focus on Christian identity in theology. It's a simple claim, really - that for Christians, "being a Christian" should be their primary allegiance and identity. He is the author of numerous books on ecclesiology and society, including Christianity Incorporated.

Immigrant Neighbors among Us: Immigration across Theological Traditions

He is the author of christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible 2013. Leopoldo A. I most strongly recommend this book to church leaders, those ministering with and for Latino/a migrants, and activists working for the reform of law and public policies regarding migration. Peter C. And elizabeth ringger krause Chair for Hispanic Ministries and is Director of the Center for Hispanic Studies.

How do different christian denominations in the United States approach immigration issues? In Immigrant Neighbors among Us, U. S. He is the author of receiver, bearer, and giver of God's Spirit: Jesus' Life in the Spirit as a Lens for Theology and Life 2015. Louis, missouri, where he holds the Werner R. H. Is associate professor of Systematic Theology at Concordia Seminary, St.

Digging deep into latino/a experiences of migration and the theological resources of six different Christian communities, the contributors offer rich and challenging reflections on migration. Representative theologians from roman catholic, and independent Evangelical church families show how biblical narratives, historical events, Pentecostal, and models of ministry shape their traditions' perspectives on immigrant neighbors, Lutheran, Reformed, ethical principles, systematic frameworks, Methodist/Wesleyan, law, and reform.

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One Coin Found: How God's Love Stretches to the Margins

As a queer woman who grew up in both conservative Evangelical and progressive Protestant churches, she knows too well how Scripture can be used to wound and exclude. So she set out to fall in love with the bible, where she met a God who continues to seek us out--appearing again and again as a voice, a presence, wrestling with the stories inside, and a promise.

Whenever we are pushed to the edges, or our stories dismissed, our voices silenced, God goes out after us--seeking us until we are found again. The stories of Scripture are for everyone. Because god's story is a story of welcome and acceptance for everyone--no exceptions. Kegler shows us that even when we feel like lost and dusty coins--rusted from others' indifference, misspent and misused--God picks up a broom and sweeps every corner of creation to find us.

And god is seeking out those whose voices we too quickly silence and dismiss, too. And yet, the stories of scripture continue to captivate and inspire her--both as a person of faith and as a pastor to a congregation. No exceptions. Emmy kegler has a complicated relationship with the Bible.

Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible

Immigration is one of the most pressing issues on the national agenda. In this accessible book, an internationally recognized immigration expert helps readers think biblically about this divisive issue, offering accessible, nuanced, and sympathetic guidance for the church. This timely, clear, and compassionate resource will benefit all Christians who are thinking through the immigration issue.

It includes a foreword by Samuel Rodríguez and an afterword by Ronald Sider. As both a guatemalan and an american, the author is able to empathize with both sides of the struggle and argues that each side has much to learn. This updated and revised edition reflects changes from the past five years, responds to criticisms of the first edition, and expands sections that have raised questions for readers.


Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US

But so are the answers. Part manifesto, and all love letter, part confession, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of Duncan's denomination and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. Formerly incarcerated, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ELCA.

Shifting demographics and shrinking congregations make all the headlines, but Duncan sees something else at work--drawing a direct line between the church's lack of diversity and the church's lack of vitality. The problems the ELCA faces are theological, not sociological. Duncan gives a blueprint for the way forward and urges us to follow in the revolutionary path of Jesus.

Lenny duncan is the unlikeliest of pastors. Dear church rejects the narrative of church decline and calls everyone--leaders and laity alike--to the front lines of the churchÂs renewal through racial equality and justice. It is time for the church to rise up, and take on forces of this world that act against God: whiteness, dust itself off, misogyny, homophobia, nationalism, and economic injustice.


Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation

But with this book as our guide, we can certainly learn how to witness humanity, love, and empathy in a whole different light. This power-packed guide helps readers deepen their understanding of historical factors and present realities, justice, transformation, healing, equipping them to participate in the ongoing dialogue and to serve as catalysts for righteousness, and reconciliation.

Praise for be the bridge“Be the Bridge is a must-read. Certainly, words matter but they seem empty without a deep commitment and embodiment. I highly, highly recommend this book. Vivian mabuni, willing heart“as one of the original members of her first ‘unofficial’ Be the Bridge group, speaker and author of Open Hands, I know that no one can build bridges like Tasha Morrison can.

This is a must-read!”—jessica honegger, founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection“There’s much talk about reconciliation—both in our larger culture and in the Church. The practical lessons laid out in the book, along with the personal and corporate action steps can bring about the change needed to see true, lasting kingdom restoration.

Eugene cho, founder of one day’s Wages and author of Overrated“Morrison tone’s is firm yet compassionate. Our country continues to experience increasing polarization and violence. Though aimed at church groups, Morrison’s clear-eyed vision will aid any reader trying to understand and overcome systemic, internalized racism.

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Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation

Geography matters. We long for diverse, thriving neighborhoods and churches, yet racial injustices persist. A discussion about race needs to go hand in hand with a discussion about place. This book is a welcome addition to a conversation that needs to include both. Why? because geographic structures and systems create barriers to reconciliation and prevent the flourishing of our communities.

Race and place reveals the profound ways in which these geographic forces and structures sustain the divisions among us. But leong envisions a future of belonging and hope in our streets, cities, towns, and churches. Urban missiologist david leong, who resides in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country, unpacks the systemic challenges that are rarely addressed in the conversation about racial justice.

The evening news may deliver story after story that causes us to despair.

Migration Theory: Talking across Disciplines

To remedy the tendency of scholars to speak only to and from their own disciplinary perspective, this book brings together in a single volume essays dealing with central concepts and key theoretical issues in the study of international migration across the social sciences. Brettell and James F. All of the social science disciplines will find that this book offers a one-stop synthesis of contemporary thought on migration.

Editors Caroline B. During the last decade the issue of migration has increased in global prominence and has caused controversy among host countries around the world. Hollifield have guided a thorough revision of this seminal text, with valuable insights from such fields as anthropology, political science, history, law, geography, economics, demography, and sociology.

Each essay focuses on key concepts, and theoretical frameworks on the topic of international migration in a particular discipline, questions, but the volume as a whole teaches readers about similarities and differences across the boundaries between one academic field and the next. How, for example, do political scientists wrestle with the question of citizenship as compared with sociologists, and how different is this from the questions that anthropologists explore when they deal with ethnicity and identity? Are economic theories about ethnic enclaves similar to those of sociologists? What theories do historians the "essentializers" and demographers the "modelers" draw upon in their attempts to explain empirical phenomena in the study of immigration? What are the units of analysis in each of the disciplines and do these shape different questions and diverse models and theories?Scholars and students in migration studies will find this book a powerful theoretical guide and a text that brings them up to speed quickly on the important issues and the debates.