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Mexico Welcomes a Group of Syrian Students to Complete Their Studies: Two young Syrians of 24 and 28 years old have fled from the hell of war to finish college

May 4, 2017 | June 20, 2016. Thamer Abou Mansour, 28, did not want to be the kind of refugees arriving in Europe. When everything exploded in Syria, he studied economics at Damascus and quickly realized it would never be a peaceful revolution. He fled his country in late 2012, as many young people, for fear of being conscripted and forced to kill. This week has come to Mexico, along with Hazem Sharif, 24, hopes to resume the life that was buried four years ago by the hell of war. Read more »

Central American Refugees in Mexico, Another Drama Invisibilized

May 4, 2017 | Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has noted, through its project serving the Transmigrant population in Mexico, that high levels of criminal and armed violence that are lived in different countries of the Northern Triangle of Central America push each year tens of thousands of people to leave their country to find a less insecure place where their lives and liberty are not threatened. Read more »

Mexico and its Refugees

May 4, 2017 | June 20 is International Refugee Day. Globally, the contemporary situation shows an acute crisis. Millions of people now have had to flee and cross the borders of their country of residence by a founded fear of persecution, that could jeopardize their life, freedom or integrity, following wars or massive violations of human rights, widespread violence, or similar situations. Read more »

Creating Intentional Communities Where Bold Conversations Thrive

May 3, 2017 | In the story of the inauguration of the First Church of Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost, we see people who did not hesitate to have Bold Conversations about their religious experience with the internationals who were gathered in Jerusalem. When thinking of Jerusalem in the first century, we should think of major cities such as Boston, San Juan, Atlanta, Toronto, New York, Chicago, or Mexico City; since Jerusalem contained the attributes related to internationalism, migration, commerce, pluralism, and so on that we find in modern cities. When speaking of multiculturalism in the church, it is always worth pointing out that on day one of the Christian Church’s investiture, it became a multicultural fellowship.  Read more »

MOSAIC Brings Hope

MOSAIC Brings Hope

April 26, 2017 | My involvement with MOSAIC keeps me hopeful. MOSAIC (Mobilizing Our Students for Action to build Interfaith Community), is a multi-faith teen education, service and leadership development project. The focus is on learning about other faiths, serving the community and enhancing student leadership skills. This is the fourth year and we are working with 62 new students from 12 different traditions as well as alumnae and 12 “ambassadors” (alumnae in leadership development). Although our faiths are different, we find common ground in our values of love, kindness, understanding, acceptance, and charity.  Read more »

Miracle

March 17, 2017 | A year ago, our church received a refugee family from Homs, Syria. We‘ve housed and supported them, and for a year, been their American family. They are Sunni Muslim, we, Presbyterian Christian. After a bomb explosion destroyed their home and wounded their Dad, their city already in ruins, they walked through war to Jordan and joined the refugee masses. Applying for US refugee status, they underwent an intensive three year investigation, a “vetting.” And then, as by miracle, they came to us. Our year as family has been redemptive for us, transformative. Among other things, as gift from these Muslims, we’ve discovered authentic Christian church. Read more »

I am a Baptist pastor

March 17, 2017 | I want to tell you about Baptists, how in the 1700s early Baptists helped shape the U.S. constitution by promoting freedom of religion. Religious liberty is in our Baptist DNA. I want to tell you about religious liberty, how it grants all of us freedom to practice our religion in peace and freedom from religious coercion. I want to tell you about my religion, how all the law and prophets can be summed up like this: Love your neighbor as yourself. Read more »

Congregations Called to Public Commitments

January 10, 2017 | Executive Director LeDayne McLeese Polaski joins other denominational leaders, pastors, community activists, scholars and founders of para-church organizations in signing onto a public call urging congregations to commit to action in protecting the rights and integrity of all people, supporting practical and sustainable foreign and economic policy, and building relationships of solidarity to strengthen communities.  Read more »

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