Category: Refuge

To Grapple with Refugeeism, Mourn Better

If we are truly going to face the matter of refugeeism in light of the Kingdom, it is important at the outset to understand the gravity of global displacement. And to mourn. I submit that...

/ January 15, 2018

It Was Time to Act Yesterday

How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land? – Psalm 137:4 During the predawn hours of September 2, 2015, the body of a young boy washed ashore on a...

/ January 8, 2018

Refuge

There are more displaced people in the world today than there are people in the United Kingdom. Despite a serious uptick in news coverage due to “popular” conflicts like the war in Syria and the...

/ January 1, 2018

Christians Could Return to Middle East, Thanks to Trump, Deportations

This story was originally published in Christianity Today and can be read here.  When Haitham Jazrawi started working at Kirkuk Presbyterian Church in Iraq in 1991, there were 72 families. Today, there are still 72...

/ October 2, 2017

Evangelicals Tell Trump: Don’t Deport Christians to Face Genocide in Iraq

This story was published in Christianity Today and can be found here.  With the fate of 199 Iraqi nationals on hold while a Detroit court hears a lawsuit, a group of evangelical leaders has sent the Trump administration...

/ July 3, 2017

US prepares to deport hundreds of Iraqis

This story was published in Christianity Today and can be found here.  Nahidh Shaou could be deported any day now. As a Christian and a veteran of the US military, being forcibly returned to Iraq—a homeland he...

/ June 13, 2017

The Church’s strong showing on behalf of refugees

I attended a Catholic mass on Sunday. The message there, and across the Catholic universe, came from the Beatitudes.  Blessed are the poor in spirit,     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those...

/ January 31, 2017

We knew what was happening in Aleppo. We have no right to act shocked.

The end of the siege of Aleppo came with fury and fanfare. The city’s fall—or liberation, depending on your politics—much like the entirety of its four years of unceasing war, was brutal. Cluster bombs, the...

/ December 15, 2016

The Siege of Aleppo

Syria’s Stalingrad has seen more destruction than any warscape is entitled to. Barrel bombs, hell cannons, the deliberate targeting of schools and hospitals, civilians as human shields, damage to UNESCO heritage sites, failed truces, deprivation,...

/ December 14, 2016

Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings

A dear friend gave me a lovely letter and a homemade bookmark with a bead on it from when we were in Nairobi together. She writes things on the bookmark that I need to read—needed then,...

/ November 5, 2016