Some Memories

On May 11, 2015 By

Her name is Bahar: it means spring. She brings rain on the burning fires and life to the dead souls. Her heart reflects her journey: it is beating strongly but is full of scars. Her heart does not look perfect: It has places where pieces have been removed and others put in which don’t fit […]

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In my early adult life, I have struggled with one common question: Where am I from, and who do I belong to? I was born in Iran, and left the country when I was eight years old to avoid religious, or maybe I should say, political persecution. At that time […]

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Spiritual Family

On February 11, 2015 By

 

 

 

It was a couple of weeks before Christmas when I visited Francesca in the detention center where she had been for almost a year. Her mother died at an early age and her father abandoned her and her siblings when he remarried. So she has grown up essentially an orphan, responsible for […]

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Editor’s Note: This post is the third in a four part series on immigration that originally appeared on Pastor Alan Kraft’s blog, alankraft.me

In my last two posts, we have been looking at the topic of immigration. As mentioned earlier, my goal is not to offer simplistic solutions or even political ones. […]

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How Long, O Lord?

On October 23, 2013 By

 

 

 

I am a sucker for traditions. I love celebrating important moments by reflecting each year on special days. The prayer vigil for immigration reform has become a tradition in our community. However we never intended it to be an annual tradition. Four years ago, we gathered to cry out […]

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Editor’s note: This blog originally appeared as part of a larger blog post on First Things. Permission was given by the moderator to repost.

Moral theologian Johannes Messner wrote in 1958 that “the family is prior to the state. It holds natural rights which the state is bound to recognize.” In […]

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When I was 16, my family went out for a celebration dinner one night. We were celebrating the fact that my dad had just been sworn in as a U.S. citizen. Because of that, my brother and I—who were born in Monterrey, Mexico—also became U.S. citizens that day. So really, it was […]

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Bill Hybels says that casting a vision is the process of inspiring people to move from “here” to “there.”  We often think that to “sell” a vision, we need to paint a compelling picture of “there,” he says, when we really need to make the case […]

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Prayer And Action

On April 22, 2013 By

 

Last Wednesday, hundreds of pastors and lay leaders from evangelical churches and campuses all over the United States gathered in our nation’s capital for a national Day of Prayer and Action for Immigration Reform.  Several months ago, national Christian leaders drafted a letter to President Obama and […]

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As immigration reform seems increasingly likely, I wanted to take some time to look at some of the biggest questions facing lawmakers.  On Monday, we examined the question of whether undocumented immigrants should be allowed to apply for legal status only, without the possibility of eventual citizenship, or whether a long-term path […]

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