LIRS Academy Graduates Co-found Non-profit to Serve Refugees  Published 3/26/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMECenras logo300x300

LIRS World Refugee Day Academy graduates Claudette Nshimiyimana, from Rwanda, and Omar Bah, from The Gambia, along with Jeannette Ayinkamiye, co-founded the Center for Refugee Advocacy and Support (CenRAS). CenRAS offers critical and comprehensive services to refugees, including after-school... more

Panoramics, Protections, and Prison — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 3/26/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (13)

Nationwide debates about protection for children in detention centers and deportations of potential Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) applicants continue. So do the difficulties faced by refugees worldwide as well as those who are adjusting to new beginnings in the United... more

HEADLINES: Immigration — March 25, 2015  Published 3/25/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (2)

As Congress pushes to detain migrants and tear families apart, people from all walks of life—religious leaders, attorneys, immigrants, police officers—are stepping up to protect and welcome newcomers. There are setbacks and yet, there is always hope where people join together to foster... more

Congress Pushes to Detain, Prosecute, and Deport Vulnerable Migrants  Published 3/24/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEBarbedWire300x300

As Congress continues to hold multiple hearings and introduce numerous bills on immigration, one recurring theme has emerged: over-reliance on immigration enforcement. Unfortunately, the atmosphere around immigration in the House and the Senate has focused on changing existing laws in a way that... more

'We See Christian Community as Persistent Openness to All' -- Interview with Pastor John Kidd  Published 3/23/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEAugustana Lutheran DC-2300x300

Today, I’d like to highlight a church that has made equality for all people its core mission. In 1954, Augustana Lutheran Church was one of the... more

Reflections From My March in Selma: Our Civil Rights Work is Unfinished  Published 3/20/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMELindaSelma300x300

A little more than a week ago, I traveled to Selma, Alabama for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,”... more

‘Flower and Song’ Poetry of Mesoamerica – Through Courageous Eyes  Published 3/20/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEThroughCourageousEyes300x300

This week Through Courageous Eyes features a collaborative pair of artists – the poet Cindy Williams Gutiérrez and musician Gerardo Calderón. Gutiérrez hails from Brownsville, TX and currently lives in Oregon City, Oregon. As a Latina poet and native-born American who believes in the notion of... more