This article appeared in a special edition of The Economist in December 2005.
In the summer of 2005 when two American congressmen put forward a resolution accusing Muslim Palestinians of persecuting Christian ones, councillors of both faiths told them to mind their own business.
No end of history
LIKE children the world over, five-year-old Ramiz has a weakness for flickering screens. He spends hours watching Walt Disney cartoons, helpfully dubbed into Arabic. But Ramiz also enjoys bedtime stories from his grandmother about the events that are supposed to have taken place in the stony fields around his house at least 3,000 years ago.
His granny, a bustling Palestinian Christian housewife, is a talented narrator. She tells him about smooth-skinned Jacob and his hairy twin Esau—and of the cunning ruse by which Jacob tricked their blind father Isaac into mistaking one son for another, and so secured a paternal blessing. As the hazy light, refracting off pale stone houses and potholed roads, gradually fades, this snippet of local lore sounds as though it happened yesterday.
TEL AVIV – On January 23, 2017, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, visited the Our Lady Woman of Valor Pastoral Center in south Tel Aviv.
The Archbishop was welcomed to the Center by Latin Patriarchal Vicar, Father David Neuhaus, who took him on a walking tour of the Pastoral Center, Saint Joseph’s House, the rented apartments that host a part of the day care center and explained to the Archbishop the functioning of the Center. At noon, the Archbishop shared lunch with the entire team at the center.Read More
We cannot let this stand.
Jan. 25, 2017 – Ahead of the announcement of executive orders targeting Muslims, Arabs, refugees and immigrants, Jewish Voice for Peace and our Network Against Islamophobia releases the following statement:
As the Trump administration follows through on the some of most harmful and alarming promises of his campaign, we will follow through on ours: to love, defend and fight alongside our friends, neighbors, and communities directly under attack.Read More
A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino*
January 20, 2015
In the wake of the January 2015 attacks by terrorists in Paris and a massacre by Boko Haram in Nigeria, many are wondering what the relationship between Christians and Muslims is supposed to look like. The Rev. Dennis Perry found himself and the congregation of Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Alexandria, Virginia, in the middle of a national news story about this relationship several years ago
A neighboring Muslim congregation was being displaced from their mosque during renovations. Due to scheduling glitches, the construction was beginning around the same time as Ramadan. The imam of the mosque contacted Aldersgate UMC asking if his congregation could meet in Aldersgate’s all-purpose room on Fridays for prayer during this sacred season.
Perry said, “Sure.” That’s when all kinds of… let’s call it… excitement broke loose. Word got out about his decision, and the two congregations sharing space became a hot topic. Everyone it seemed, including reporters for Fox News and “The Daily Show,” debated whether the pastor had made the right call in welcoming their Muslim neighbors to worship in a Christian church building.Read More
Originally a post on Father James Martin’s public Facebook page, this reflection in the Jesuit Review America on the call to treat migrants and refugees as Christ went viral, and the accompanying video has been viewed by over 3 million people and shared over 50,000 times.
“I was a stranger and you did not welcome me.”
President Trump has announced that he will order the construction of a Mexican border wall, the first in a series of actions to crack down on immigrants, which will include slashing the number of refugees who can resettle in the United States, and blocking Syrians and others from what are called “terror-prone nations” from entering, at least temporarily.
These measures, which mean the rejection of the stranger, the rejection of the person in need, the rejection of those who suffer, are manifestly un-Christian and utterly contrary to the Gospel. Indeed, last year, Pope Francis said, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the Gospel.”Read More
Rabbi Arthur Waskow speaks out on behalf of Muslims
Signs from a demonstration at JFK Airport: “We are all Immigrants”; “First They Came for the Muslims, but I am Speaking Out”
The Shalom Center strongly endorses these actions.
What does the Bible say about refugees from despotic governments or civil wars?
Torah commands (Deut 23: 16-17): “You shall not deliver to their master slaves who have escaped from their master to you; they shall dwell with you, in your midst in whatever place they shall choose within your gates, where they feel best; you shall not oppress them.”
“Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God,” especially in this case.
I suggest that churches, synagogues, mosques appeal to airport workers, including TSA officers –- to let refugees & valid visa-bearers through, in nonviolent civil disobedience of the cruel Trumpist decree.Read More
BY ISN STAFF | January 20, 2017
On the evening of January 19, parishioners gathered at the doors of St. Agnes Church in San Francisco invoking a blessing and making a bold commitment to serve as a sanctuary church for the community.
Give us the courage to open these doors and the doors of our hearts to all who knock and seek refuge.
St. Agnes is the first U.S. Jesuit parish to publicly declare itself a sanctuary church for immigrants who may be impacted by policy changes anticipated under the new presidential administration. Putting faith put into action is not something new for them.Read More
Stephen Seufert* in a message from Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good writes about banning Muslim refugees.
Thank you for all of you who have stepped up today to fight President Trump’s immoral executive order banning Muslim refugees from entering the United States.
Make no mistake: this policy of exclusion is a total affront to the gospel of Jesus Christ.Read More
“Philosophically and morally, I find walls repugnant.”
Regarding “the wall”, Palestinian Christian Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh offers facts, insights, perspectives, and ways to proceed.
Stanislaw Grocholoski managed to save 12 Jews in occupied Poland.
by Benjamin Glatt | Jerusalem Post | 17 January 2017
Stanislaw Grocholoski’s Christian duty to save 15 Jews during the Second World War was an extremely dangerous and secretive mission.
He didn’t reveal the secret to his neighbors, his friends and even to his children, fearing that once it would be found out that he was helping the Jewish people, not only would the Nazis be running after him, but his fellow Poles would also take the opportunity to retaliate.Read More