Welcoming the Stranger

Author: Matthew Soerens
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830878408
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Immigration is one of the most complicated issues of our time. 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 staffers Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang move beyond the rhetoric to offer a Christian response to immigration. They put a human face on the issue and tell stories of immigrants' experiences in and out of the system. With careful historical understanding and thoughtful policy analysis, they debunk myths and misconceptions about immigration and show the limitations of the current immigration system. 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.

Welcoming the Stranger

Author: Patrick R. Keifert
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 9781451415506
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This book is an astute rethinking of theology and pastoral ministry that overcomes sentimental notions of hospitality.

Welcoming Strangers

Author: Jane Hall Fitz-Gibbon
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 1412862264
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Jane Hall Fitz-Gibbon and Andrew Fitz-Gibbon have cared for more than 100 children in a foster care career spanning more than three decades. They developed a method, “loving nonviolent re-parenting,” to best care for foster children. “Re-parenting” represents the complex task of caring for children who have been parented already, often inadequately, and mostly involving physical, emotional, and/or systemic violence. Welcoming Strangers analyzes the violence foster children suffer and raises ethical questions—why violence is morally problematic, what philosophers have said about human nature and violence, and what moral good should be pursued in childcare. Drawing on an ancient form of ethics, sometimes known as “virtue ethics,” this book focuses on the traits required to become a loving, nonviolent re-parent. The Fitz-Gibbons tell of their journey in the foster care system with candor, humor, and grace. Covering subjects as diverse as teens, sex, discipline, and the carer’s own well-being, they describe the difficulties of foster care and the sometimes impossible task of restoring dignity and joy to young lives deeply damaged by violence. This book will be of immense help to foster carers, adopters, caseworkers, case managers, policymakers, and any parent who wants to integrate nonviolent practices into the way they care for children.

Welcoming the Stranger Among Us

Author: Catholic Church. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Publisher: USCCB Publishing
ISBN: 9781574553758
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Designed for both ordained and lay ministers at the diocesan and parish levels, this document challenges us to prepare to receive newcomers with a genuine spirit of welcome.

Stranger God

Author: Richard Beck
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1506438415
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When Richard Beck first led a Bible study at a maximum security prison, he went to meet God. His own faith was flagging, but Beck still believed the promise of Matthew 25, that when we visit the prisoner, we visit Jesus. With his signature combination of biblical reflection, theological reasoning, and psychological insight, Beck shows how God always meets us in the marginalized and the refugee. God comes to us in the poor, the crippled, the smelly.

Loving the Stranger

Author: Jessica A. Udall
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780692593493
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Most American Christians think that helping immigrants is a good idea in theory, but few actually get involved in the ministry of welcome because they feel afraid, concerned, or overwhelmed by busyness. Loving the Stranger addresses these fears in an understanding way, answers these concerns in a way that will resonate regardless of people's political convictions, and lays out simple ways to begin welcoming immigrants in the midst of our busy lives by simply welcoming them into our lives.

Stories of the Stranger

Author: Martin Palmer
Publisher: Bene Factum Publishing
ISBN: 190965745X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Encompassing scriptural, historical, folk, and newly commissioned tales, a collection exploring the centrality of the "stranger" in every major faith tradition—a commonality that could create a more compassionate worldEvery faith has, as a fundamental moment of its formation, the experience of exile, the experience of losing everything, or being thrown out, of being dispossessed, and of relying on the generosity, or not, of strangers. Furthermore, every major faith tradition has popular stories showing how you are more likely to meet the divine in the outcast, the reject, the beggar, than you are in the king, the prince, or indeed minister, priest, or nun. Faiths are therefore often the first to welcome and help refugees. Classic tales on this theme have been retold here from a contemporary perspective, with humor and wit. Sitting alongside powerful illustrations, the tales serve to remind readers of the centrality of the stranger in all traditions, thereby creating the potential for a more compassionate world. This collection is a resource for reflection, ideal for storytelling groups, for drama, art, and poetry, and a unique educational tool as well.

Welcoming the Stranger

Author: Patrick R. Keifert
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 9781451415506
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book is an astute rethinking of theology and pastoral ministry that overcomes sentimental notions of hospitality.

Welcoming the Stranger Parish Guide

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Publisher: USCCB Publishing
ISBN: 9781574556438
Format: PDF
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The resources in this parish guide offer practical guidance for building more welcoming and inclusive parishes. Contains copies of published documents and related resources.

Strangers Next Door

Author: J. D. Payne
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830863419
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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More than ever, North America is being flooded by people from all around the world, many of them here illegally. How should the church respond to these sojourners among us? In Strangers Next Door professor of evangelism and church planting J. D. Payne introduces the phenomenon of migrations of peoples to Western nations and explores how the church should respond in light of the mission of God. As we understand and embrace the fact that the least-reached people groups now reside in (and continue to migrate to) Western countries, churches have unprecedented opportunites to freely share the gospel with them. This book includes practical guidelines for doing crosscultural missions and developing a global strategy of mission. It also highlights examples of churches and organizations attempting to reach, partner with, and send migrants to minister to their people. Discover how you can reach out to the strangers next door by welcoming them into God's family.