Shalom! A Journal for the Practice of Reconciliation is a quarterly publication of the Brethren in Christ Church. Its mission is to educate and stimulate Christ-like responses to the needs of society by providing biblical, theological, sociological, denominational and personal perspectives on a variety of comtemporary issues.
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Fall 2014, "Immigration Reprised"
Only two and a half years ago, in Spring 2012, the topic for Shalom! was “The World at Our Doorstep,” addressing issues related to the immigration debate raging at that time. Unfortunately, things have not changed much since then. Hopes for comprehensive immigration reform have been dashed repeatedly, as partisan politics rule the day. So here we are again, reprising the issue of immigration. While there appear to be no easy answers (on the one hand, the United States is not likely to open its borders to anyone who wants to come, and on the other hand, it’s simply not logistically possible or desirable to round up and deport everyone who is here illegally), perhaps we can agree on some basic biblical principles that should always characterize our actions and attitudes: treating others as we want to be treated, compassion, care, respect, kindness, and love, to name a few. The articles and stories in this edition feature those among us who open their hearts and homes and communities to care for, support and love the real people who are caught up in way or another in the complexities of the immigration debate.