Articles

Judaism

Rethinking Prophecy

What defines a prophet? Is it a moral compulsion to speak the truth, no matter the consequences? A look back across history uncovers misguided prophets, prophets of evil, and some true prophetic personalities.
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Spiritual Politics

Away With All Borders: The Immigration Mess

National reforms are not enough. To end the fear and heartbreak of the current system will require the implementation of a Global Marshall Plan and a basic challenge to our notions of land ownership and the nation-state.
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Politics & Society

Immigration: A Difficult Love Story

During economic booms, migrants are recruited as much-needed workers. During downturns, they are demonized and deported. It’s a tumultuous affair wrought with hypocrisy, injustice, and cruelty.
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Immigration

The New Abolitionism: The Struggle to End Deportation

The travails of deportation will cease only with its abolition. From Dayton, Ohio, to Washington, D.C., activists are joining forces with targeted communities in the burgeoning movement to end this unjust system.
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Politics & Society

Healing the Wound: Immigration, Activism, and Policies

To build a world free of borders and border violence—a world where no one yells, “go back to where you came from”—we need to address the fear motivating those who would shut the door.
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Poetry

Translation depends, not on what must be included, but on what must not be left out

You enter the country next door from under the stone / Church of the Redeemer / subway exit. No Pork Chinese Restaurant / and Mr. Chicken, flank the avenue / both strictly halal.
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Books

Spirituality in a Broken World

Larry Rasmussen reviews Spirituality: What It Is and Why It Matters by Roger S. Gottlieb.
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Books

Queering Palestinian Solidarity Work

Wendy Elisheva Somerson reviews Israel/Palestine and the Queer International by Sarah Schulman.
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Poetry

The Glittering World

“On a night with a new moon, owls/ called, back and forth, over the house.” A poem by Arthur Sze.
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Christianity

An Evangelical Perspective on Immigration

Inspired by Scripture and struggling to serve immigrant worshippers, the evangelical community is calling for reforms to keep families together and establish a path toward citizenship for people without papers.
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Christianity

A Religion of Compassion: A Letter to Pope Francis

The Catholic Church has become “irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid,” to use the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. In his letter to the new pope, Matthew Fox argues that religion needs to return to its roots—as compassionate, loving, spiritual, and accepting of all people—to regain its relevance.
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Spiritual Politics

Love the Stranger: Looking to the Torah for Guidance on Immigration Policy

We are all capable of prejudice and must remain vigilant to observe and change it within ourselves. Perhaps that’s why the most repeated commandment in the Torah is to love the stranger.
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Immigration

Awakening to the Story in My Bones: Border Crossings, Detention, and Asylum

It is amazingly easy to become quietly complicit with the violence of U.S. border policy—even for those whose ancestors once fled violence themselves. How can so many of us live in denial?
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Immigration

A New Social Contract: Social Welfare in an Era of Transnational Migration

In the twenty-first century, more and more people will live their lives across borders and belong to several communities at the same time. Just as money follows opportunity, so labor also moves toward brighter horizons. Today’s migrants are moving in a world of economic crisis, neoliberal restructuring, precarious jobs, and major cutbacks in social welfare.
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Activism

Living in the Shadow of SB 1070: Organizing for Migrant Rights in Arizona

The predatory escalation of immigration enforcement in Arizona has continued to worsen in the wake of Arizona’s 2010 immigration law. In response, migrants have organized Barrio Defense Committees, Freedom Rides of undocumented activists, and more.
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