Immigration

Meeting Jesus at the Border: A Statement by the SCUPE Board of Directors

Meeting Jesus at the Border: A Statement by the SCUPE Board of Directors

SCUPE resolves to educate communities and people of faith for reflection and action on immigration justice, humane treatment for those at the borders, and welcome to refugees. The values of hospitality on which our nation is built, the religious traditions of welcome for the stranger, and the migrant and refugee […]

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Bring the Sky Down!

Bring the Sky Down!

SCUPE’s Border Immersion Trip to the US-Mexico Border at Nogales Someone painted a section of the border fence with sky blue paint to “bring the sky down!” The artist’s intention was to create the illusion of what it will look like if the wall was not there. The border fence […]

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The Global Migrant Crisis and a SCUPE Immersion Trip to the Border

The Global Migrant Crisis and a SCUPE Immersion Trip to the Border

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25:35) The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, reacting to a picture of a toddler who was found dead on a beach in Turkey told CNN’s Hala Gorani, “If you are in Cairo, and take a low cost airline to […]

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Bishop Sally Dyck: Religious Leaders Demand Care for Children at the Border

Bishop Sally Dyck: Religious Leaders Demand Care for Children at the Border

There will probably be 90,000 children coming to the US border this year, she said. That’s 92% more than last year. The violence in Honduras especially is forcing them to come because their parents are working here. The violence that undergirds our broken immigration policies is threatening the children. This is the call and the challenge. God is calling us to intervene in this sad story of immigration. Are you willing to say to President Obama, be generous! This land is their land too. We are tethered to the immigrants to this country and always will be. Fix this broken policy! We have no alternative but to be involved, she said — our story of salvation is a story of immigration.

Dr. Helene Slessarev-Jamir on Economic Injustice

Dr. Helene Slessarev-Jamir on Economic Injustice

By Danelle King: I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Helene Slessarev-Jamir who serves as a co-chair for the 2014 SCUPE Congress on Urban Ministry (to be held in Chicago on June, 23-26). Dr. Sleesarev-Jamir resided on the south side of Chicago for many years and now teaches at the Claremont School of Theology in Southern California. Dr. Slessarev-Jamir has done labor organizing in Washington, D.C. and community organizing in Chicago. She believes in not only serving as a scholar, but as a person actively seeking justice in our communities.