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20 Percent of Children in High-Income Nations Live in Poverty
20 Percent of Children in High-Income Nations Live in Poverty

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Based on an analysis of 41 nations, a significant number of children in these high-income nations are impoverished and experiencing food insecurity, a new United Nations report says.

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Police Use Brute Force to Block Food for Refugees
Police Use Brute Force to Block Food for Refugees

By: Simon Jones
Volunteers showed up to feed about 100 refugees near the site of the former Calais refugee camp in France. But paramilitary police stood between the two groups, ready to use brute force to ensure no one is fed.

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Refugees Cling to Life and Hope After Calais Jungle
Refugees Cling to Life and Hope After Calais Jungle

By: Simon Jones
The Calais Jungle, a makeshift camp in northern France where refugees awaited passage to the United Kingdom, may have been wiped away by authorities, but the people didn't disappear.

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What Your Church Can Do to Help Foster Children
What Your Church Can Do to Help Foster Children

By: Pam Strickland and Kendall Coker
Foster care children are more likely to be at risk for being a victim of domestic sex trafficking. Here's how your church can help raise awareness about foster care children awaiting adoption.

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Social Ministry Helps Immigrants Find Legal Relief
Social Ministry Helps Immigrants Find Legal Relief

By: Jesus Romero
In these perilous times of social and political polarization, immigrants need more people who can help them find legal relief. Here's how one Christian ministry does that, standing in the gap and serving as their advocate.

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Report: Food Insecurity Driving Global Migration
Report: Food Insecurity Driving Global Migration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Food insecurity is a complex reality. Not only does it often grow out of armed conflicts, it also contributes to them. Food insecurity and conflict must be considered together, and a U.N. report offers six solutions.

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South Sudan Conflict Displaces Millions of Children
South Sudan Conflict Displaces Millions of Children

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Millions of children have fled their homes, either living as refugees or internally displaced as a result of South Sudan's ongoing civil war. And Baptists are ministering to these growing numbers.

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Are You an Advocate for Those Who Suffer Unjustly?
Are You an Advocate for Those Who Suffer Unjustly?

By: Molly T. Marshall
As provisions erode for our nation's most vulnerable, God hears the cries of the oppressed and empowers us to accomplish this holy intention. Now is the time to advocate for those who suffer unjustly.

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Reaching Your Hispanic Neighbors During Cinco de Mayo
Reaching Your Hispanic Neighbors During Cinco de Mayo

By: Jesse Rincones
Reaching your Hispanic neighbors begins with understanding them. Cinco de Mayo, one of the most celebrated Hispanic holidays in the U.S., is a great place to begin.

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Statelessness: Banned from Belonging - Part 2
Statelessness: Banned from Belonging - Part 2

By: Brent Hamoud
Children who can't attend school. Young adults who can't pursue their dreams. Partners in love who can't marry. These are some of the consequences of statelessness - and it contradicts God's design for creation.

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Statelessness: Banned from Belonging - Part 1
Statelessness: Banned from Belonging - Part 1

By: Brent Hamoud
Travel and refugee bans have been in the news quite a bit, but one particularly harsh type of ban garners scant media attention or public protest. It's statelessness, and it affects some 15 million people.

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1 Refugee Family's Story Reflects Countless Others
1 Refugee Family's Story Reflects Countless Others

By: Samar Mansour-Samawi
In search of a brighter future, a family of five fleeing war-ravaged Syria endured a treacherous sea crossing, being used as human shields and a harsh refugee camp. And their story reflects the lives of millions.

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How Churches Can Respond to Global Refugee Crisis - Part 2
How Churches Can Respond to Global Refugee Crisis - Part 2

By: Mark Glanville
Many in our society respond to refugees with suspicion and fear. However, Jesus taught that when his people welcome the strangers, they are welcoming him. Here are 5 ways your church can do that.

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1 in 4 Children Will Have Difficulty Accessing Clean Water
1 in 4 Children Will Have Difficulty Accessing Clean Water

By: EthicsDaily Staff
An estimated 600 million children - that's one in four - will struggle to access potable water by 2040 if current trends continue, a UNICEF report says. Thirty-six nations currently struggle with sufficient access to clean water.

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How Churches Can Respond to Global Refugee Crisis - Part 1
How Churches Can Respond to Global Refugee Crisis - Part 1

By: Mark Glanville
Most refugees are here because they are fleeing persecution, conflict and possibly death. Here's how churches can avoid being swayed by fear-based rhetoric and respond from a loving biblical perspective.

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Countering Fear-Based Immigration Rhetoric with Facts
Countering Fear-Based Immigration Rhetoric with Facts

By: Zach Dawes
U.S. history reveals that too often the nation's immigration policies have resulted from fear more than facts. While Christians can differ on policy positions, we must speak against fear-based rhetoric.

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5 Smart Ideas to Incorporate Smartphones in Ministry
5 Smart Ideas to Incorporate Smartphones in Ministry

By: Renee Embree
Are smartphones a distraction in your youth group or ministry? These five suggestions can help you appropriately and creatively incorporate them into your ministry.

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Recalling History: Refugee Flight Not Limited to Muslims
Recalling History: Refugee Flight Not Limited to Muslims

By: Kathryn Kraft
How should Christians respond to the vast wave of refugees fleeing Muslim-majority nations and living in Muslim-majority nations? Recall our history when millions of refugees fled after WWII from Christian-majority nations.

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The Difficult Decision to Emigrate, Leave Family Behind
The Difficult Decision to Emigrate, Leave Family Behind

By: Sue Smith
The decision to emigrate is a highly individual decision based on many factors. It is never made lightly and isn't without sacrifice for both parents and children. It changes the family dynamics forever.

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"Closing the Borders" Mindset Touches All Areas of Life

By: Colin Harris
The closing-the-borders mindset is prominent in our political life, but further reflection suggests that rhetoric may be a symptom of a deeper problem in our human experience, affecting even our theology.

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Teaching Missions to Kids in Our Self-Centered Culture
Teaching Missions to Kids in Our Self-Centered Culture

By: Sarah Stevens
In a culture that encourages and even demands self-centeredness, the church's role in teaching children to have a global and others-centered worldview is increasingly important. Here's how one church does it.

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'Coyotes' Aid, Exploit Undocumented Immigrants
'Coyotes' Aid, Exploit Undocumented Immigrants

By: EthicsDaily Staff
'Coyotes' - the most widely used term for those who smuggle undocumented immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border - both aid and exploit undocumented immigrants.

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When Building Walls, Make Sure They're Good Ones
When Building Walls, Make Sure They're Good Ones

By: Wade Smith
If good fences make good neighbors, then surely bad fences make bad neighbors. As the debate rages on in our nation, may we have the courage to listen to each other and commit to building only good fences.

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Why Immigrants Flee Their Homes to Come to the U.S.
Why Immigrants Flee Their Homes to Come to the U.S.

By: Sue Smith
It's easy for many Americans to look at immigrants and wonder why they are here. However, if more people had the opportunity to visit immigrants' countries of origin, they would have a better understanding.

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Kansas Baptist Church Shows Hospitality to Refugees
Kansas Baptist Church Shows Hospitality to Refugees

By: Ruth Rosell
After watching the mounting refugee crisis in Europe last year, members of Prairie Baptist Church in Kansas found ways in their own community to help Syrian refugee families.

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Spreading Faith: How Migration Changes Religion
Spreading Faith: How Migration Changes Religion

By: Philip Jenkins
Whatever might drive migrants to move, they carry their religions with them. And for many, the experience of migration produces religious demands that simply can't be met within the older religious framework.

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Pope: Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate Refugees
Pope: Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate Refugees

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Pope Francis stressed that addressing the global refugee crisis requires an urgent, coordinated response based on four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate.

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Why I Signed the World Relief Open Letter on Refugees
Why I Signed the World Relief Open Letter on Refugees

By: Lynne Hybels
A majority of white evangelicals don't feel a responsibility to Syrian refugees, but I believe as a Christian that caring for refugees is an act of worship and obedience to a God whose kingdom is global.

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Why Christians Should Show Hospitality to Strangers
Why Christians Should Show Hospitality to Strangers

By: Neville Callam
The Bible shows Christians the right attitude toward the stranger. Hospitality to strangers links us both with God and with others. It is a wonderful way of experiencing the presence of the Holy One.

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Engage in International Ministry Without Leaving Home
Engage in International Ministry Without Leaving Home

By: Greg Magruder and Mary Lynne Moore
Don't think you can be involved in international ministries? You can, and you don't even have to travel overseas. International students are in your community, and your church can reach out to them.

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Texas Church's Ministry Extends Beyond Relief Efforts
Texas Church's Ministry Extends Beyond Relief Efforts

By: Julio Guarneri
Calvary Baptist of McAllen, Texas, provided relief to thousands of immigrants fleeing violence from Central America. However, beyond relief efforts, the church seeks opportunities for development, sustainment and advocacy.

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The Good Samaritan: How Far Should Love Reach?
The Good Samaritan: How Far Should Love Reach?

By: Juan Aragon
The needs in our world are so overwhelming that we run the risk of becoming unresponsive and impervious. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus reminds us to bestow his love and grace to everyone.

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U.S. Refugee Resettlement: How It Works, What It Costs
U.S. Refugee Resettlement: How It Works, What It Costs

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The U.S. refugee vetting and resettlement process is lengthy, complex and not widely understood. Here's an explanation of the process that refugees must go through to enter the U.S.

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Love Across Borders: Ministering to Immigrants in Poverty
Love Across Borders: Ministering to Immigrants in Poverty

By: Edgardo Martinez
First Baptist Church of El Paso, Texas, ministers to immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. Moving beyond charitable acts, they are also challenging a system that causes poverty and other injustices.

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How Should Churches Respond to Trump's Travel Ban?
How Should Churches Respond to Trump's Travel Ban?

By: Matthew J. Tuininga
While Christians respect the government's right to determine when and how refugees come into the U.S., we must pray and advocate for accepting as many refugees as is safe and feasible.

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North Carolina Church Adopts Two Refugee Families
North Carolina Church Adopts Two Refugee Families

By: Don Gordon
While government has a duty to secure its borders, a North Carolina Baptist church adopted two refugee families, responding to God's call to help the stranger and give aid to the needy.

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Migrants Sacrifice, Risk Death for Chance at Better Life
Migrants Sacrifice, Risk Death for Chance at Better Life

By: Juan Aragon
Migrants know the challenges facing them, even the lingering threat of death. Like Uziel, many make the sacrifice not only for their own personal benefit but also for the good of those they love. Here's his story.

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First Step to Ministry with Immigrants: Build Relationships
First Step to Ministry with Immigrants: Build Relationships

By: Victor Gomez
Building relationships is the first step for any ministry with immigrants. We can provide fish and teach people to fish, but will we make sure they have a fishing pole and access to the lake?

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Perceived Threat of Refugees to U.S. Security Declines
Perceived Threat of Refugees to U.S. Security Declines

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The number of U.S. adults who perceive refugees as a threat to U.S. security declined by 9 percent over 10 months, the Pew Research Center said, to 46 percent in January 2017 from 55 percent in April 2016.

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Spreading the Faith: Mission, Migration and Movement
Spreading the Faith: Mission, Migration and Movement

By: Philip Jenkins
While immigration is a political hot potato in the U.S., it also has religious implications. When ordinary people move from one area or another, sometimes reluctantly, they take their religion with them.

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8 Reflections from Faith-and-Immigration Documentary
8 Reflections from Faith-and-Immigration Documentary

By: Cliff Vaughn
With the abundance of news about immigrants, migrants and refugees, I reflected back on January 2011 when I worked on EthicsDaily.com's "Gospel Without Borders." Here's what has stuck with me.

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Church's Countercultural Witness through Resettlement of Syrian Refugees
Church's Countercultural Witness through Resettlement of Syrian Refugees

By: Robert Parham
While many in the U.S. oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees here, churches have been at the forefront of resettling them.

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Haitians, Others Arrive in Tijuana Seeking Entrance into US
Haitians, Others Arrive in Tijuana Seeking Entrance into US

By: Tim Long
Since May 2016, thousands of immigrants have flocked to Tijuana, awaiting their turn to cross into the U.S. Six Baptist churches from this Mexican border town are ministering to 500 of those asylum seekers.

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Catholic, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant Leaders Endorse BRIDGE Act
Catholic, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant Leaders Endorse BRIDGE Act

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Many Christian groups are supporting a bipartisan bill that safeguards from deportation undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

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Faith-Based Groups Central to U.S. Refugee Resettlement
Faith-Based Groups Central to U.S. Refugee Resettlement

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The U.S. State Department assigns refugees admitted to the U.S. to one of nine organizations that assist them in the resettlement process. Six are faith-based organizations.

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What Is the Trump Wall?
What Is the Trump Wall?

By: Robert Parham
President Trump issued an executive order last week that authorized the building of a 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border barrier. While he's right to protect the nation's borders, the status of 750,000 dreamers is unclear.

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Immigration and Immigration Reform Resources
Immigration and Immigration Reform Resources

A free PDF resource sheet with links to related EthicsDaily.com articles and videos, as well as outside resources to help churches engage constructively the issue of immigration.

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What King Taught Us About How To See One Another
What King Taught Us About How To See One Another

By: Alan Cross
As we remember the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., we remember that King did not just call us to come together. Rather, he challenged the reasons why we were apart in the first place.

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What Does Martin Luther King Jr. Day Have to Do with Immigration, Human Trafficking?
What Does Martin Luther King Jr. Day Have to Do with Immigration, Human Trafficking?

By: Robert Parham
Martin Luther King Jr.'s moral vision would encompass freedom for modern-day sex slaves and care for the undocumented.

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3 Reasons Christians Shouldn't Call Immigrants 'Illegal'
3 Reasons Christians Shouldn't Call Immigrants 'Illegal'

By: Blake Hart
Whether or not someone has proper documentation should be irrelevant to Christians' desire to fellowship with them, to share our abundant resources in love and to fight for and defend their dignity.

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EthicsDaily.com: 2016 in Review
EthicsDaily.com: 2016 in Review

By: EthicsDaily Staff
498 columns. 139 contributors. 125 news articles. These are a few snapshots of EthicsDaily.com's 2016 initiatives, providing a global perspective from goodwill people of faith on engaging pressing issues facing the world.

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Education 'an Essential Lifeline' for Children in Conflict Zones
Education 'an Essential Lifeline' for Children in Conflict Zones

By: EthicsDaily Staff
With tens of millions of displaced children in need of education, churches and faith-based organizations in Lebanon have ministered to the needs of displaced persons since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011.

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Angst-Filled First Christmas Rings True to Immigrants
Angst-Filled First Christmas Rings True to Immigrants

By: Bob Newell
Obscured by today's cultural Christmas is the reality that the original Bethlehem story occurred against a backdrop of pain and dislocation for its main characters. It's a story to which immigrants can relate.

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Song Reminds Us What We Should Be Thankful For
Song Reminds Us What We Should Be Thankful For

By: Zach Dawes
A new song titled "What I'm Thankful For" - a duet performed by Garth Brooks and James Taylor - offers a needed reminder that the Christmas season is about much more than "making a list and checking it twice."

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European Churches' Project Addresses Media Portrayal of Migrants
European Churches' Project Addresses Media Portrayal of Migrants

By: EthicsDaily Staff
European churches are assessing media portrayal of refugees, highlighting ways in which media promote refugees' rights to speak on their own behalf and to uphold journalistic practices to challenge disinformation.

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Behold An Open Door to EthicsDaily.com Readers
Behold An Open Door to EthicsDaily.com Readers

By: Robert Parham
For 25 years, the Baptist Center for Ethics has walked through doors of opportunities, often not knowing what awaited us on the other side. Now, it's your turn to walk through a door with us with your financial support.

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Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 2
Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 2

By: Suzie Lahoud
The tendency for selfish nationalistic policy and shifting blame toward the other is not a Lebanese problem. It is a human problem. We lack a moral and social imagination that can envision the needs of the other.

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Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 1
Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 1

By: Suzie Lahoud
While the flood of Syrian refugees has taken its toll on Lebanon, it is unjust for some to place the blame for the nation's problems on the shoulders of Syrian refugees. Christians must demask this scapegoating.

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When Refugees' Lives are Disrupted, Planning Matters
When Refugees' Lives are Disrupted, Planning Matters

By: Simon Jones
When the French government closed the refugee camp in Calais, the lives of 2,000 people, many of them children, were disrupted. Neither the French nor British government had a plan to deal with the aftermath.

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What Will Your Kids Find When They Google You?
What Will Your Kids Find When They Google You?

By: Christina Embree
One day, your children are going to Google you? What will they find? Will they find that you social media self, your written words, are consistent with the things you are teaching them as truth, as right, as good?"

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Witnessing the Last Gasp of French Refugee Camp
Witnessing the Last Gasp of French Refugee Camp

By: Simon Jones
It's mid-afternoon at the refugee camp in Calais, France. An autumn sun warms the air and the show is about to begin. A government spokesperson explains to the press that this is not a destruction, but a cleansing.

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Welcoming Refugees as 'Guests' in Jordan
Welcoming Refugees as 'Guests' in Jordan

By: Brian Kaylor
An estimated 1.4 million Syrians fled south to Jordan over the past few years, a number equivalent to about 20 percent of Jordan's population. For many in Jordan, welcoming refugees is an act of hospitality.

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Report: Majority of People in Extreme Poverty Are Under 17
Report: Majority of People in Extreme Poverty Are Under 17

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A total of 767 million people worldwide in extreme poverty, defined as a household living on less than $1.90 per day per person. And 385 million of them, half of them, are 17 years old or younger.

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European, Middle East Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis
European, Middle East Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis

By: Paul Hobson
Baptists in Europe and the Middle East who are involved in the response to the refugee crisis are seeing an "incredible spiritual harvest," says a member of the European Baptist Federation.

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Myth Busted: Undocumented Immigrants Do Pay Taxes
Myth Busted: Undocumented Immigrants Do Pay Taxes

By: Zach Dawes
Repeat a lie often enough and people eventually believe it. Case in point, many people accept the myth that undocumented immigrants don't pay taxes.

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New Stories Are Needed to Change Cultural Ethos
New Stories Are Needed to Change Cultural Ethos

By: Robert Parham
We've done the morally right things on the immigration front, but the dial hasn't moved, despite our moral critique and Bible thumping. To change the cultural ethos, we must shine the light on telling positive stories.

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A Modern-Day Exodus Tale Unfolds Across Europe
A Modern-Day Exodus Tale Unfolds Across Europe

By: Clare McBeath
We all know the Exodus story, in which Israelites wandered through foreign lands for 40 years en route to the Promised Land. Do we recognize the modern-day exodus story unfolding in Europe?

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Do Baptists Prioritize Refugees Over the Undocumented?
Do Baptists Prioritize Refugees Over the Undocumented?

By: Robert Parham
Two national Baptists bodies took steps on refugees but had little or nothing to say about the undocumented. Both refugees and the undocumented deserve a welcome and just treatment by Christians.

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Teaching Children to be Heroes in Selfish World
Teaching Children to be Heroes in Selfish World

By: Christina Embree
Our children are growing up in a world of pride and judgment -- where the Almighty 'You' takes precedent over Us. We must teach them to be heroes who look beyond themselves to others.

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Welcoming the Immigrant in Your Neighborhood
Welcoming the Immigrant in Your Neighborhood

By: Martin Brooks
Why are these "foreigners" moving here? It's a sentiment shared by many, even Christians, as immigrants settle into their cities. But God determines where people move and live and does so with purpose.

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When Media Dehumanize People in Their Reporting
When Media Dehumanize People in Their Reporting

By: Phil Palmer
Some media call them migrants, others may say immigrants or refugees. Much of our media is guilty, consciously or otherwise, of dehumanizing people in their reporting.

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Europe's Refugees: Crisis or Blessing?
Europe's Refugees: Crisis or Blessing?

By: Tony Peck
At a European Baptist Federation conference, Baptists were challenged to change their language about the arrival of thousands of refugees to Europe, viewing it not as a crisis but a blessing.

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Crossover Between Foster Care and Juvenile Justice a Pressing Issue
Crossover Between Foster Care and Juvenile Justice a Pressing Issue

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Youths who are abused or neglected and engage in delinquent activities pose unique challenges to foster care and juvenile justice systems.

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Parents Not Alone When It Comes to Discipling Children
Parents Not Alone When It Comes to Discipling Children

By: Christina Embree
Parents have a significant influence on their children, but it's not exclusively a parent's job to disciple their children. It is corporately the church's role to disciple children.

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Economically Fragile Greece Faces Refugee Crisis
Economically Fragile Greece Faces Refugee Crisis

By: Bob Newell
As it wrestles with its own economic crisis, Greece must now feed and house many desperate refugees seeking safety and a better chance at life. And the daily grind of life wears almost everyone down.

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Britain Urged to Build Up Religious Freedom in Foreign Policy
Britain Urged to Build Up Religious Freedom in Foreign Policy

By: Paul Hobson
Following an Easter suicide bombing in Pakistan, the Evangelical Alliance's Religious Liberty Commission is urging Britain to raise the status of freedom of religion in its foreign policy.

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How God Opened Doors for One Immigrant's Journey
How God Opened Doors for One Immigrant's Journey

By: Juan Aragon
Noemi worked long hours for meager pay to support her family in a small Mexican town. After prayer and fasting, she made the treacherous journey to the U.S., where God has provided for her and her family.

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Child Refugees 'Particularly Vulnerable' to Human Trafficking
Child Refugees 'Particularly Vulnerable' to Human Trafficking

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Child refugees are "particularly vulnerable" to exploitation by human traffickers, a report said. Unaccompanied minors as well as children separated from families are particularly susceptible.

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How Should Western Churches Respond to Syrian Refugees?
How Should Western Churches Respond to Syrian Refugees?

By: Martin Accad
As Syrian refugees migrate into Europe in massive numbers, Western churches want to know how to respond. The first issue to address is the fear that many have about this overwhelming phenomenon

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Fear of Refugees Strong in U.S., Even among Practicing Protestants
Fear of Refugees Strong in U.S., Even among Practicing Protestants

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A strong majority (86 percent) of U.S. Protestant pastors said Christians should "care sacrificially for refugees and foreigners," yet 46 percent said their churches feared refugees coming to the U.S.

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UK Baptists Urge Government to Protect Refugees
UK Baptists Urge Government to Protect Refugees

By: Baptist Union of Great Britain
As the French government demolishes homes in a makeshift refugee camp, where migrants hope to cross the English Channel into Britain, Baptists in the United Kingdom urge their government to ensure protection.

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Standing Up to Rhetoric from Bullying Politicians
Standing Up to Rhetoric from Bullying Politicians

By: Sean McKenzie
Some political candidates are engaging in divisive rhetoric, notably against immigrants, as part of their grab for power. They are modern-day playground bullies, and we must stand up to them.

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How You Can Slow Down ISIS Recruitment
How You Can Slow Down ISIS Recruitment

By: Rebecca Brown
Worldwide, more than 20,000 people have been recruited by the smooth rhetoric of ISIS and their self-declared holy war. However, we can slow their recruitment efforts down if each of us does this.

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U.S. Officials Explain Refugee Resettlement Process, Goals, Benefits
U.S. Officials Explain Refugee Resettlement Process, Goals, Benefits

By: EthicsDaily Staff
There's a lack of knowledge about the U.S. refugee resettlement process. And that inspired a panel discussion at a national mayors' gathering.

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Evangelical Leaders Call for Biblical Approach to Immigration
Evangelical Leaders Call for Biblical Approach to Immigration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Thirty-two Iowa pastors and a handful of national leaders have informed the 2016 presidential candidates that evangelical voters "are looking for a biblical approach regarding immigrants and immigration."

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Helping Others to Escape Poverty's Grip
Helping Others to Escape Poverty's Grip

By: Bob Newell
Born into poverty in 1935, Elvis Presley overcame the odds to become a music legend. Many others around the globe face similar disadvantages. How can we as Christians give them opportunities to prosper?

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Report: Global Migrant-Refugee Crisis Exacerbated by EU Policies
Report: Global Migrant-Refugee Crisis Exacerbated by EU Policies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Restrictive European Union policies have exacerbated the global migrant-refugee crisis, making migration an increasingly perilous and dangerous endeavor, a Doctors Without Borders report says.

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Baptists Weigh High Court's Pending Immigration Case
Baptists Weigh High Court's Pending Immigration Case

By: Brian Kaylor
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit challenging an executive action on immigration taken by President Obama. The decision could impact up to 4 million undocumented immigrants.

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Pope: Prioritize Human Dignity, Rights, Solidarity in Migration Policies
Pope: Prioritize Human Dignity, Rights, Solidarity in Migration Policies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Pope Francis addressed the global migrant-refugee crisis in a speech on Monday, urging a focus on human rights, global solidarity and compassion.

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Refugees' Reality Trumps Political Rhetoric
Refugees' Reality Trumps Political Rhetoric

By: Elijah Brown
Recent rhetoric by Donald Trump and other political leaders about halting Muslim immigration to the U.S. is grounded in political expediency and eschews biblical convictions.

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EthicsDaily.com: 2015 in Review
EthicsDaily.com: 2015 in Review

By: EthicsDaily Staff
What did EthicsDaily.com accomplish in 2015? To start with, more than 500 columns and around 100 news articles were published, written by more than 150 unique contributors from 23 U.S. states and nine countries.

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Bridging 4 Cultural Obstacles to Share God's Love
Bridging 4 Cultural Obstacles to Share God's Love

By: Juan Aragon
Followers of Jesus need to be intentional about making real and meaningful bridges with people from different languages, beliefs, values, behaviors, customs and attitudes.

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Just Imagine: No Longer Reducing Others to Labels
Just Imagine: No Longer Reducing Others to Labels

By: Stuart Blythe
We dehumanize others by reducing them to mere labels and not seeing them as complex human being like us. What will it take for us to imagine them beyond the labels?

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Human Trafficking: Global Scourge with Significant U.S. Presence
Human Trafficking: Global Scourge with Significant U.S. Presence

By: Zach Dawes
Often referred to as modern-day slavery, human trafficking is a global scourge with a significant presence in the U.S - up to 27 million victims. Here are 5 ways your church can help end this sinful practice.

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Recognizing Refugees as the Shape of God's Heart
Recognizing Refugees as the Shape of God's Heart

By: Trevor Barton
Many refugees, like 7-year-old Maria, are seeking a new life and a deeper hope in a place that will welcome them with an open heart and a helping hand. Can you see them? They're in the shape of God's heart.

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Why Christian Kids Are Less Generous Than Nonreligious
Why Christian Kids Are Less Generous Than Nonreligious

By: Christina Embree
Kids raised in religious homes, specifically Christian fundamentalist homes, tend to be more judgmental, less altruistic and more punitive than kids raised without religion. How do we turn it around?

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The 'Evangelical Right's' Problem - and Its Opportunity
The 'Evangelical Right's' Problem - and Its Opportunity

By: Colin Harris
The marriage between the evangelical and political right seems to have evolved into a relationship where the power it sought is now defining that faith and its responses to issues. But there may be hope.

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Responding to Refugees: A Delicate Balance of Compassionate Welcome and Border Control
Responding to Refugees: A Delicate Balance of Compassionate Welcome and Border Control

By: Zach Dawes
While the relationship between welcoming immigrants and wise border control is delicate, we cannot make decisions or form opinions rooted in fear.

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Why Caring for Refugees Isn't Optional for Christians
Why Caring for Refugees Isn't Optional for Christians

By: Ferrell Foster
Others may turn away from the suffering of refugees, but followers of Jesus can't afford such apathy. By caring for those who suffer, we're caring for Him. Jesus is a refugee, and he needs us.

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British Churches: Benefit Cuts Will Harm Poor Families
British Churches: Benefit Cuts Will Harm Poor Families

By: Paul Hobson
The British government's welfare reform bill is a dangerous shift that will harm poor families and their children, according to a report from churches representing several faith groups.

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3 Spiritual Habits You Can Pass on to Your Children
3 Spiritual Habits You Can Pass on to Your Children

By: Christina Embree
Not only are your kids watching you, but they are also copying you. Like a serious game of "Simon Says," your children are learning what is normal in life by watching your actions.

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Report: 5 Million U.S. Children Have Parents in Prison
Report: 5 Million U.S. Children Have Parents in Prison

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than 5 million children have had at least one parent with whom they live be incarcerated at some point in their childhood, a new report said. How are they affected by their parent's incarceration?

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Burma's Religious Leaders Emphasize Religious Freedom as Election Nears
Burma's Religious Leaders Emphasize Religious Freedom as Election Nears

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Leaders from four faith traditions in Burma have called for a fuller embrace of religious freedom and increased respect between traditions.

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Refugees in French Camp Endure 'Awful Conditions'
Refugees in French Camp Endure 'Awful Conditions'

By: Paul Hobson
Some 4,000 people, many of them women and children, languish in a refugee camp on France's northern coast. The threat of violence is high, a British Baptist pastor said. "They need some form of justice."

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Lessons from Ruth Speak to Middle East Immigration
Lessons from Ruth Speak to Middle East Immigration

By: Walid Zailaa
Because of the ongoing Middle East crisis, many from neighboring countries have crossed into Lebanon to seek a safer location. The story of Ruth has lessons to teach the church on how to respond.

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4 Things Confederate Rebels, Immigrants Have in Common
4 Things Confederate Rebels, Immigrants Have in Common

By: Sean McKenzie
You wouldn't think those who fly rebel flags from pick-up trucks have much in common with advocates of undocumented immigrants, but here are four things they share - along with one key difference.

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4 Ways to Help Your Teens Navigate Social Media
4 Ways to Help Your Teens Navigate Social Media

By: Christina Embree
Social media has a huge impact on teens, with some checking their social media accounts 100 times per day. But parents can take some practical steps to help their kids navigate the digital world.

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The Better Angels of Our Nature Appeared for a Week
The Better Angels of Our Nature Appeared for a Week

By: Robert Parham
Baptist missionaries saving Nigerian lives in the '60s. Interfaith leaders support an end to world hunger. The pope visits the U.S. These are some of our better angels that surfaced last week.

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Razor Wire Isn't Needed to Protect Christianity
Razor Wire Isn't Needed to Protect Christianity

By: David Crosby
Hungary's prime minister says a 110-mile razor-wire border fence will protect Christians from Muslims. Cynical politicians know the fastest way to whip any group into a frenzy is to say their religion is being attacked.

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Addressing Underlying Causes of Europe's Refugee Crisis
Addressing Underlying Causes of Europe's Refugee Crisis

By: Zach Dawes
Immediate steps are vital to address the mass movement of people, most of them refugees, across Europe. However, without addressing the crisis' underlying causes, the refugee population will continue to expand.

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Lebanese Baptist Speaks to European Christians about Refugee Crisis
Lebanese Baptist Speaks to European Christians about Refugee Crisis

By: Nabil Costa
One Lebanese Baptist knows the unease many European Christians feel as refugees cross their borders, but now's the time to cast off fear and reflect God's love.

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Your Library: A Crucial Part of Society's Social Fabric
Your Library: A Crucial Part of Society's Social Fabric

By: James Gordon
Libraries are an essential and crucial part of our social fabric. They are places where we learn to be critical of the status quo and radical in the way we see and judge the world in which we live.

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Baptist Volunteers Help Welcome Refugees in Austria
Baptist Volunteers Help Welcome Refugees in Austria

By: David Bunce
Members of a Baptist church in Austria joined other volunteers to help thousands of refugees pouring their nation, many en route to Germany. And your church can help in three ways.

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British Baptist Volunteers Reach Out to Migrants
British Baptist Volunteers Reach Out to Migrants

By: Paul Hobson
British volunteers, including two Baptist ministers and several young Baptist church members, visited a migrant camp in a French coastal city where thousands hope to make it to Britain's shores.

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Survey: U.S.-Born Hispanics Receive Better Societal Treatment than Foreign-Born
Survey: U.S.-Born Hispanics Receive Better Societal Treatment than Foreign-Born

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Mistreatment of foreign-born Hispanics living in the U.S. remains significantly higher than that experienced by Hispanics born here, a poll found.

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Intergenerational Worship Can Anchor Your Church's Youth
Intergenerational Worship Can Anchor Your Church's Youth

By: Christina Embree
Young people often leave church because they have no connection to the larger church body. While there's no magic bullet, intergenerational worship can provide that link.

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Secularized Europe Seems Pervasive - On the Surface
Secularized Europe Seems Pervasive - On the Surface

By: David Swartz
On one hand, modern-day secularism seemingly runs rampant throughout Europe. However, the numerous storefront immigrant churches suggest that narratives of secularization aren't so rigid.

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Inaccurate, Negative Narratives Continue to Persist in Immigration Rhetoric
Inaccurate, Negative Narratives Continue to Persist in Immigration Rhetoric

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants continue to make headlines, joining a host of other false and negative narratives about immigrants.

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Trump's Anti-Immigration Rhetoric Runs Counter to Biblical Witness
Trump's Anti-Immigration Rhetoric Runs Counter to Biblical Witness

By: Robert Parham
Donald Trump's headline-grabbing agenda on immigration is unbiblical and unworkable. The biblical witness is abundantly clear. We are to treat immigrants with kindness and justice.

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British Churches Press Gov't on Migrant Respect
British Churches Press Gov't on Migrant Respect

By: Paul Hobson
Following Britain's prime minister describing migrants as a "swarm of people," leaders from several British denominations called for "a more informed and higher level of debate on the issue."

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Heading for 25th Anniversary with Accomplishments, Shortcomings
Heading for 25th Anniversary with Accomplishments, Shortcomings

By: Robert Parham
Heading into the 25th year since the formation of the Baptist Center for Ethics is a good time to list some accomplishments and to acknowledge some shortcomings. Here are five of each.

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Why Many in Church Must Shed Prejudice of Immigrants
Why Many in Church Must Shed Prejudice of Immigrants

By: Juan Aragon
Prejudices and cultural biases hinder our mission efforts, much like they did back when Peter and other believers avoided the Gentiles. Today, we see immigrants as a threat, not as a chance to reflect God's love.

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Global Poverty Reduced, Shortfalls Remain
Global Poverty Reduced, Shortfalls Remain

By: Paul Hobson
The U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals have produced the "most successful anti-poverty movement in history," with the number of people now living in extreme poverty down by more than half.

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4 Ways to Practice Hospitality with Immigrants
4 Ways to Practice Hospitality with Immigrants

By: Juan Aragon
The practices of hospitality and loving strangers are essential to our identity as Jesus' followers. How can we put those disciplines into practice with the immigrants among us? Here are four ways.

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Armed Conflicts in 2014 Impact Tens of Millions of Children
Armed Conflicts in 2014 Impact Tens of Millions of Children

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Tens of millions of children were negatively affected by armed conflict last year, according to a new United Nations report. Large-scale abductions were prevalent.

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U.S. Majority Favors Avenues for Undocumented to Remain Legally
U.S. Majority Favors Avenues for Undocumented to Remain Legally

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A strong majority in the United States supports avenues to legal status for undocumented immigrants currently living in the country, a new Pew Research Center survey says.

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Finding a Better Path to Respond to Migrant Crisis
Finding a Better Path to Respond to Migrant Crisis

By: Zach Dawes
Migrants desperate to escape violence and persecution are being exploited by smugglers and traffickers. Although government action has been anemic, the faith community must point to a better path.

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Baptists Ready to Respond to East African Nation's Unrest
Baptists Ready to Respond to East African Nation's Unrest

By: Paul Hobson
The Burundi president's announcement that he would seek a third term sparked unrest in the East African nation. More than 20 have died, 100 injured, 600 arrested and 100,000 fled the country.

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EthicsDaily.com Documentaries to Screen at Baptist World Congress in Durban
EthicsDaily.com Documentaries to Screen at Baptist World Congress in Durban

By: Robert Parham
Three EthicsDaily.com documentaries will be shown at the Baptist World Congress in South Africa, where thousands of global Baptists will gather in July.

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U.S. Catholic Bishops: Immigrant Detention System Ineffective, Costly, Harmful to Families
U.S. Catholic Bishops: Immigrant Detention System Ineffective, Costly, Harmful to Families

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A Catholic report says the U.S. immigrant detention system causes despair, fractures families, violates human rights standards and lessens national prestige.

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Immigrant Issue Needs Action, Not Political Rhetoric
Immigrant Issue Needs Action, Not Political Rhetoric

By: James Gordon
Christians must call their leaders to a better path, reminding them of their moral obligation to set aside partisan politics and respond constructively to aid migrant refugees.

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Answering Your Kids' Questions About Nepal Earthquake
Answering Your Kids' Questions About Nepal Earthquake

By: Christina Embree
As news of Nepal's devastating earthquake floods all forms of media, your children will hear about it and turn to you for help, advice and processing. Here are 4 things you can do.

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Immigrant Issue Has Global Flash Points; Global Church Responds
Immigrant Issue Has Global Flash Points; Global Church Responds

By: Robert Parham
The church faces many disagreements over social issues, worship, theology and structure, but one area of agreement appears to be the need to treat the stranger with kindness and justice.

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How 2 Hispanic Immigrants Are Fulfilling God's Purpose
How 2 Hispanic Immigrants Are Fulfilling God's Purpose

By: Juan Aragon
God not only shows compassion and mercy toward foreigners in the Bible, but also uses immigrants today to fulfill his divine purposes in the world. Here are two examples.

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Putting Names to Faces of Undocumented Immigrants
Putting Names to Faces of Undocumented Immigrants

By: Juan Aragon
More than 41 million people living in the U.S. were immigrants in 2013. For their condition to change, they can't remain nameless. We must get to know them and their stories.

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Faith Leaders Shrug at Critical Immigration Ruling
Faith Leaders Shrug at Critical Immigration Ruling

By: Brian Kaylor
When a federal judge halted President Obama's executive order on immigration, putting nearly 750,000 immigrants at risk for deportation, many faith leaders, including Southern Baptists, responded with silence.

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When We Make Children Live in Shadows
When We Make Children Live in Shadows
By: Trevor Barton
Tomás is 9 years old and from Honduras. He is trying to learn new words and strange phrases that will allow him to live in his new world in South Carolina. But for now, he lives in the shadows.
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British Faith Groups Pledge Action on Climate Change
British Faith Groups Pledge Action on Climate Change

By: Paul Hobson
Faith leaders from a cross-section of denominations in England pledged to live more sustainably, pray for action on climate change and raise the issue at their governing bodies.

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Education, Criminal Justice Focus of Governors' Outlooks
Education, Criminal Justice Focus of Governors' Outlooks

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than two dozen governors shared positive economic outlooks in their State of the State addresses. Education and criminal justice were popular topics with most of those politicians.

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Hopes for Bipartisanship Dim, Save One Key Issue
Hopes for Bipartisanship Dim, Save One Key Issue
By: Zach Dawes
After the midterms, the hope for bipartisanship in our nation's capital appears dim. Despite the continued dysfunction, one issue may spark bipartisan collaboration in 2015: prison reform.
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Christians Offer Differing Responses to Obama's Immigration Action
Christians Offer Differing Responses to Obama's Immigration Action
By: Brian Kaylor
Many Christian leaders praised President Obama's executive order to deal with the immigration crisis, while others – including key Southern Baptist leaders – joined GOP leaders in attacking Obama's action.
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EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Air on Expanded TV Network
EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Air on Expanded TV Network
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Three EthicsDaily.com documentaries on prisons, racism and immigration are coming back for an encore on an expanding network focused on African Americans.
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Jesus Loved the Poor. Why Don't Some of His Followers?
Jesus Loved the Poor. Why Don't Some of His Followers?
By: Mike Harton
Jesus spent most of his time on this earth ministering to the poor and disenfranchised. However, when it comes to issues affecting the poor today, many of his followers show little sympathy.
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Why Your Church Can Disagree and Still Be United
Why Your Church Can Disagree and Still Be United
By: Pat Took
For a church to achieve unity, or be of "one mind," it doesn't require seeing eye-to-eye on all issues. Rather, churches should be filled with dissident voices struggling to find God's way together.
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Economists Make Financial Case for Climate Change
Economists Make Financial Case for Climate Change
By: Paul Hobson
A new report outlines in economic terms the global benefits of transitioning to a low carbon economy. The report shows growing consensus for climate action, a British relief and development agency says.
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Survey: Religious Faith 3rd Most Important Quality to Teach Kids
Survey: Religious Faith 3rd Most Important Quality to Teach Kids
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Religious faith finished third for the most important quality to teach children, a survey discovered. Only being responsible and hard work ranked ahead of it.
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A Lesson from Ruth on Welcoming Refugees
A Lesson from Ruth on Welcoming Refugees

By: Elijah Brown
As the Old Testament's Ruth shows us, people of faith should be among the first who follow the biblical narrative's call to welcome the refugees and displaced within our communities.

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Fundraising Goal Met; Documentary Airs Tonight
Fundraising Goal Met; Documentary Airs Tonight
By: EthicsDaily Staff
EthicsDaily.com met its $3,000 fundraising to cover costs for getting "Gospel Without Borders" quality-ready for TV broadcast on the same week that the documentary aired on Soul of the South Network.
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Two Roads Diverge With Failure to Pass Immigration Reform. Which Will We Take?
Two Roads Diverge With Failure to Pass Immigration Reform. Which Will We Take?
By: Robert Parham
Washington failed to pass federal immigration reform, leaving U.S. Christians at a proverbial fork in the road.
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Hispanic Ministries: A Family that Offers Hope
Hispanic Ministries: A Family that Offers Hope
By: Juan Aragon
Immigrants live in the shadows of reality. They come to live in a land where their labor is desired and needed, yet they are unwanted and unwelcome. Will the church provide a community for migrant people?
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TV Network Will Air EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Faith, Immigration
TV Network Will Air EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Faith, Immigration
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Soul of the South Network will begin airing "Gospel Without Borders" at 8 p.m. Central time on Aug. 18.
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Islamic State Forces Christians Out of Iraqi City
Islamic State Forces Christians Out of Iraqi City
By: Paul Hobson
For the first time, Mosul, a city in northern Iraq, has no Christians living there. Islamic State, a jihadist group, told all remaining Christians to leave the city by July 19 or be executed.
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Faith Leaders Call for Compassion Toward Undocumented Children
Faith Leaders Call for Compassion Toward Undocumented Children

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Faith leaders are calling their followers to be compassionate toward the undocumented children crossing in large numbers into the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

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Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration
Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from nearly 60 nations gathered in Turkey for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, electing new leaders for the global group and passing six resolutions.

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Speaker: Baptists Must Advocate for Displaced, Stateless People
Speaker: Baptists Must Advocate for Displaced, Stateless People

By: Brian Kaylor
An American Baptist involved in refugee and immigration advocacy urged all Baptists to get involved in issues concerning displaced and stateless persons at the BWA's annual gathering.

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Central American Children Challenge Church, U.S. Border
Central American Children Challenge Church, U.S. Border

By: Robert Parham
More than 37,000 children--most without accompanying parents--have crossed the border this year. It's a humanitarian calamity, a political debacle and a moral challenge for the Christian community.

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Key Shifts Taking Place in Undocumented Immigration
Key Shifts Taking Place in Undocumented Immigration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The primary crossing location for undocumented immigrants has moved to Texas' Rio Grande Valley, and Central American children are crossing in record numbers.

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Majority Still Favor Path to Citizenship for Undocumented
Majority Still Favor Path to Citizenship for Undocumented
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Despite Washington's delays, a strong majority of Americans—62 percent—still favor immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship, a new report says.
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Choosing What's Right Rather Than What's Expedient
Choosing What's Right Rather Than What's Expedient

By: Zach Dawes
When politicians base their decisions on what's politically expedient rather than what's the right thing to do, they may secure an election but they're abandoning the common good.

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Politicians Relentlessly Blame Each Other as the Undocumented Are Relentlessly Deported
Politicians Relentlessly Blame Each Other as the Undocumented Are Relentlessly Deported
By: Robert Parham
As both political parties posture, the U.S. relentlessly detains and deports the undocumented, almost all of whom are poor and most of whom seek a better life.
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Making a Difference in the Lives of At-Risk Students
Making a Difference in the Lives of At-Risk Students
By: Trevor Barton
How do we help the countless at-risk children in our schools? We can begin by seeing them not as problems to be pushed into the corners, but as people to be welcomed into our hearts.
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Undocumented Shift Crossing Location to South Texas
Undocumented Shift Crossing Location to South Texas

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Undocumented immigrants have shifted their crossing location into the U.S. More now move through the Rio Grande Valley area rather than the Tucson, Arizona, sector.

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Debt and Britain's Children: Bullying, Anxiety, Going Without
Debt and Britain's Children: Bullying, Anxiety, Going Without

By: Paul Hobson
The findings of a British study show that millions of children in Great Britain are suffering worry and anxiety, bullying and going without essentials as their families are trapped in debt.

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Social Capital: Ministering to Immigrants, Feeding the Hungry
Social Capital: Ministering to Immigrants, Feeding the Hungry
By: Mark Reece
Piney Grove Baptist Church is rediscovering who their neighbors are in their multiracial community, starting ministries to tutor children with immigrant parents and to feed their community.
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Social Capital: Investing in the Lives of Children
Social Capital: Investing in the Lives of Children

By: Barry Howard
Whether it's in their own neighborhood or halfway around the world, First Baptist Church of Pensacola has focused its ministries on investing in the lives of children.

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Immigration: Seeking Truth and Justice - Part 2
Immigration: Seeking Truth and Justice - Part 2

By: Phil Jump
Romania's entry into the European Union in January revealed immigration fears within the United Kingdom, but British Baptists must allow their attitudes to be shaped by the values of their faith.

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Immigration: Seeking Truth and Justice - Part 1
Immigration: Seeking Truth and Justice - Part 1

By: Phil Jump
Inaccurate and misleading statistics and anecdotes inform an alarming amount of public opinion about immigration. Will churches accept this negativity or follow the biblical call to welcome the stranger?

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Study: Language, Work Key for Immigrants to Integrate Successfully
Study: Language, Work Key for Immigrants to Integrate Successfully
By: EthicsDaily Staff
While immigration reform remains divisive, everyone wants to see immigrants thrive in the U.S., a new report says.
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Are You Reaching the Samaritans in Your Community?
Are You Reaching the Samaritans in Your Community?
By: Juan Aragon
Jesus invites us to follow his example to go into forbidden territory to be in relationship with racially rejected and unwelcomed people so we can share the hope we have found in him.
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British Churches: Are US Forces Operating UK Drones?
British Churches: Are US Forces Operating UK Drones?

By: Baptist Times Staff
With a British government report confirming the likelihood that U.S. personnel deployed drones from the United Kingdom, British churches are calling on their government to clarify its position.

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Teaching Your Kids to Welcome Strangers and Be Safe
Teaching Your Kids to Welcome Strangers and Be Safe
By: Nick Megoran
The stranger can be a channel of unexpected blessing and encounter with God, the Bible teaches. How do we teach this to our children in a culture of stranger danger?
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Learning Lessons from an Immigrant Family's Pet
Learning Lessons from an Immigrant Family's Pet
By: Bob Newell
Like a baby chick crying out for rescue in a busy street, immigrants often have their ears attuned to hear the desperate cry of the less fortunate over life's background noises. What do we hear?
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British Children in Poverty Face Chilling Reality
British Children in Poverty Face Chilling Reality
By: Baptist Times Staff
More than 3 million families in the United Kingdom are likely to cut back on food so they can pay their energy bills this winter, a survey found. It's a scandal, an archbishop said. 
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Desert Trip Offers Unique Perspective on Immigration
Desert Trip Offers Unique Perspective on Immigration
More than 180 migrants, who died crossing tan Arizona desert, were commemorated in a church service. One of them, 22-year-old Mireya, made an impression on one volunteer.
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Early Harvest Meal Provides Model for Immigrant, Native Relations
Early Harvest Meal Provides Model for Immigrant, Native Relations

After peeling away the layers of mythology that now surround the first Thanksgiving meal, we find a needed reminder that when people are in need, the right thing to do is to offer help.

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Failure of Immigration Reform Opens Door to Wider Church Involvement
Failure of Immigration Reform Opens Door to Wider Church Involvement
Washington's failure to deal with immigration reform need not set the church's agenda. Our agenda ought to be set by the biblical witness to treat the undocumented kindly and to seek justice for them.
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British Baptists Take Steps to Be More Welcoming
British Baptists Take Steps to Be More Welcoming
Although we say we welcome everyone into our churches, our actions and words do not always convey that welcome to those whose lives do not pass our litmus test.
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ISAAC Project Opens Center to Help Immigrants
ISAAC Project Opens Center to Help Immigrants
The Immigration Service and Aid Center recently opened its doors on a Texas campus to directly help immigrants work within the law and navigate the complicated path toward citizenship.
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Blessing of the Children
Our children need us to provide a safe place for them to explore the mysteries of life and faith by asking questions and sharing their stories. As a church, we need to provide the kind of environment which encourages our children to be curious, search for truth, think for themselves, ask questions, wrestle with tough biblical passages and voice their opinions. Just as Paul encouraged the Philippians to “work out their own salvation,” we must move our children beyond the faith they have borrowed from us to one that is authentically theirs.
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Ark. Faith Leaders to Congressmen: Support Immigration Reform
Ark. Faith Leaders to Congressmen: Support Immigration Reform
Undocumented immigrants living in our society's shadows are our neighbors. It's time for our congressional leaders to help these families and pass a just and humane reform of our immigration system.
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Including Disabled Persons in the Life of the Church
Including Disabled Persons in the Life of the Church
How can churches enable disabled people to be more involved in the life and mission of the church? That was the central question during Britain's Enabling Church conference.
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For Christians, Immigration Reform Boils Down to Love
For Christians, Immigration Reform Boils Down to Love

The U.S. Senate passed sweeping immigration reform, but the bill's journey in the House is going to be difficult. As Christians, our love for neighbor should move us toward immigration reform.

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British Baptists Train
British Baptists Train "Pioneers" to Rethink Church
Every church has them. People not content with the way things are. They're not critics; they're activists. And a British Baptist program trains them to start fresh expressions of church.
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Hemingway, Jesus and Death at a Children's Hospital
Hemingway, Jesus and Death at a Children's Hospital
The public death notice posted on the gate of a children's hospital in Greece brought to mind the words of Hemingway and the compassionate care of Jesus.
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4 Reasons Parents Should Make Children Attend Church
4 Reasons Parents Should Make Children Attend Church

All parents have struggled with the fear that they could make their children hate church if they forced them to go. Here are 4 grace-filled reasons for taking your kids to church.

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Border Control Is a Moral Issue
Border Control Is a Moral Issue

While elected officials in both congressional houses bat around the details of border control, perhaps it would be helpful for the Christian community to think morally about border control.

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How Should Christians Respond to Immigration Reform Debate?
How Should Christians Respond to Immigration Reform Debate?
As Christians who follow a Savior who lived as an alien rejected by his own, why are so many apathetic about developing a compassionate response to the immigration issue?
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Uriah – An Outsider Welcomed When It Was Useful
Uriah – An Outsider Welcomed When It Was Useful
Although he abided by the Torah, Uriah the Hittite was regarded as an outsider. Because of his hybrid identity, his story is all too familiar to immigrants struggling for identity.
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For The Love of The Game
Jesus seems to turn everything into a lesson on the kingdom of heaven. It was one of his greatest abilities and gifts. The clue to this lesson is found in what Jesus says next. “For it is to such as these (the children) that the kingdom of God belongs. Amen, I tell you,” Jesus says, “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And then he takes the children into his arms, lays his hands on them, and blesses them. And all the while, his red-faced disciples just stand there in amazement at such a thing. As important as discussions on marriage and divorce and adultery may be, Jesus is saying that having the attitude of a child is just as much so, if not more, important and eternal. Jesus has this gift of taking the moment – whether it’s in the often unwelcomed presence of the Pharisees or the very welcomed presence of the children – and turning it into a lesson on the kingdom of God.
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What If Immigration Proposal Applied to Christianity?
What If Immigration Proposal Applied to Christianity?
The first-century church may have quarreled about who could be legitimate Christians, but let's be glad they didn't require all the steps proposed for undocumented immigrants.
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UK Baptists Join Campaign to Up Organ Donations
UK Baptists Join Campaign to Up Organ Donations
Organ donations have increased in the United Kingdom, but more donors are still needed. British Baptists have joined a campaign to urge churches to support organ donations.
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4 Ways Your Church Can Help Health Care Needs
4 Ways Your Church Can Help Health Care Needs
Poverty, lack of education, no health insurance all create barriers for many people who need health care. Here are four ways your church can help meet their needs.
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Drop the 'I-Word' in Church
Drop the 'I-Word' in Church
Following United Methodists' lead, the Christian community must separate itself from politics and drop the words "illegals" and "illegal immigrants" from their vocabulary.
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UK Charities Join Forces for Syria Crisis Appeal
UK Charities Join Forces for Syria Crisis Appeal
More than a dozen British charities are working together to provide humanitarian support for up to 5 million people living in or who have fled Syria because of the fighting.
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British Churches Support Anti-Poverty Amendments
British Churches Support Anti-Poverty Amendments
British Baptists and other denominations are joining the Archbishop of Canterbury's call to support government measures to prevent up to 200,000 children from plunging into poverty.
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Advocating for Migrant Workers' Rights in Lebanon
Advocating for Migrant Workers' Rights in Lebanon
Migrant workers in Lebanon are governed by a system prone to abuse and that gives too much power to employers, but churches offer reconciliation between Lebanese and migrants.
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Skype Interview: Eileen Kidd and Tutoring Immigrants in North Carolina
Skype Interview: Eileen Kidd and Tutoring Immigrants in North Carolina
A North Carolina church's decision to tutor immigrant Hispanic children grew into a ministry to reach their parents. Learn more in the new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.
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For Christians, Immigration Reform Rooted in Solidarity
For Christians, Immigration Reform Rooted in Solidarity
In our culture of divisive politics, Christians have missed the mark when it comes to immigration. Our Christian duty is to love and be in solidarity with immigrants. (Photo: EthicsDaily.com)
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Skype Interview: Stephen Copley on Immigration DVD's Impact
Skype Interview: Stephen Copley on Immigration DVD's Impact
When church people are exposed to good information about what the Bible says about immigration, they are receptive to change, a Methodist minister says in an EthicsDaily.com Skype interview. (Photo: EthicsDaily.com)
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Obama:
Obama: "The Time Has Come" for Immigration Reform
As he urged a joint session of Congress to tackle immigration reform, President Obama's State of the Union address highlighted the importance of faith leaders.
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Christian Leaders Offer 5-Point Statement on Immigration Reform
Christian Leaders Offer 5-Point Statement on Immigration Reform
Faith leaders' first responsibility is to speak morally about the plight of the undocumented and the need for just and compassionate change. A five-point statement does just that.
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Reforming Immigration Rhetoric and Immigration Law
Reforming Immigration Rhetoric and Immigration Law

While federal immigration reform is needed, we must take care not to feed false stereotypes about the undocumented, including the notion that they don't pay taxes.

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How a Warm Building Helps to Share the Gospel
How a Warm Building Helps to Share the Gospel
Human beings need their physical needs met at a basic level. As winter hits Greece, PORTA – the Albania House in Athens has a warm building to welcome immigrants.
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Nat'l Christian Group To Screen Faith and Immigration Documentary
Nat'l Christian Group To Screen Faith and Immigration Documentary
"Gospel Without Borders," EthicsDaily.com's documentary on faith and immigration, will be screened at this week's annual meeting of Christian Churches Together.
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Our Children – Simple and Complex Gifts
Our Children – Simple and Complex Gifts
A galimoto – a toy with wheels made out of sticks, wire or anything children can find – is like our children, who are beautiful in simplicity, astonishing in complexity.
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Skype Interview: Bob and Janice Newell on Immigrants' Education
Skype Interview: Bob and Janice Newell on Immigrants' Education
Albanian immigrants in Greece often can't take advantage of extra private schooling for their kids. Bob and Janice Newell explain how they help in the latest EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.
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World Vision: Syrian Refugee Children Recount Fear
World Vision: Syrian Refugee Children Recount Fear
More than 75,000 Syrian refugee children are in Lebanon, with more expected. A World Vision report recounts the fear and uncertainty that grips their young lives.
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British Baptists Dispel 12 Interfaith Myths
British Baptists Dispel 12 Interfaith Myths
With the goal of building relationships with people of other faiths, British Baptists launched a new resource to counter a dozen common myths about interfaith cooperation.
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British Baptists Welcome New Archbishop of Canterbury
British Baptists Welcome New Archbishop of Canterbury
British Baptists are welcoming the selection of Justin Welby as the next Archbishop of Canterbury, citing his wisdom, mediation skills and commitment to mission.
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Election Night Brings Marriage, Marijuana, More of Same
Election Night Brings Marriage, Marijuana, More of Same
With President Barack Obama easily defeating GOP challenger Mitt Romney, months of political politicking by conservative evangelicals appears to have been for naught.
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What Young Children Can Teach You About Faith
What Young Children Can Teach You About Faith
Nothing escapes the notice of children. They offer fresh comments and questions on all they see, including these humorous and poignant observations about faith.
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British DVD Explores Common Spiritual Questions
British DVD Explores Common Spiritual Questions
A DVD produced by Baptists in Great Britain and Wales addresses the common questions that people ask about the nature of life early in their journey of faith.
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Letting God Take Control in a Revolution of Prayer
Letting God Take Control in a Revolution of Prayer
God wants to turn our unjust world upside down. When we domesticate our prayers, we are trying to make prayer palatable so God doesn't disturb us too much.
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Obama's Welcome to Young Undocumented Excludes Health Care
Obama's Welcome to Young Undocumented Excludes Health Care
The White House ruled that young undocumented immigrants don't qualify for federal health care, but denying them access to health care benefits is no real welcome.
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Problems or Partners? How Will Churches View Migrants?
Problems or Partners? How Will Churches View Migrants?
Migration and mission have always been an important part of the Christian story. Will the church see migrants not as a problem but as partners in our missional journey?
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"Gospel Without Borders" Screening in Charlotte

The EthicsDaily.com documentary Gospel Without Borders screened at Saint Peter's Catholic Church in Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 4, 2012. This page accumulates resources related to the event.

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BCE Brings Faith Witness to Democratic National Convention
BCE Brings Faith Witness to Democratic National Convention
The Baptist Center for Ethics assembled ecumenical panels for two screenings of its documentary on faith and immigration, including one across the street from the Democrats' convention.
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Religion Emerges at Democratic National Convention
Religion Emerges at Democratic National Convention
Over 90 faith leaders, elected officials and Democratic delegates filed into a Catholic church in downtown Charlotte yesterday for a screening and panel discussion focused on faith and immigration.
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Undocumented "Freedom Riders" to Attend Faith and Immigration Event in Charlotte
Undocumented immigrants will be among the attendees at the Baptist Center for Ethics' faith and immigration event on Tuesday during the Democratic National Convention.
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A Riddle, Hyperbolic Frame and Invitation to Advance Moral Good in Charlotte
A Riddle, Hyperbolic Frame and Invitation to Advance Moral Good in Charlotte
What do you get when faith leaders from many denominations unite at a gathering during the Democratic National Convention? A collaborative effort to focus on the plight of the undocumented.
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Methodist Bishop Praises EthicsDaily.com Immigration Documentary
Methodist Bishop Praises EthicsDaily.com Immigration Documentary
EthicsDaily.com's "Gospel Without Borders" thoughtfully shares the gospel truth about the critical work of immigration reform, says United Methodist bishop Minerva Carcaño.
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Christians, Atheists Will Wrangle Over Religion at Democratic National Convention
Christians, Atheists Will Wrangle Over Religion at Democratic National Convention
Atheists and Christians will offer competing agendas about religion's role in the public square when the Democratic National Convention meets in North Carolina in early September.
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EthicsDaily.com Sponsors Faith Event During Democratic National Convention
EthicsDaily.com Sponsors Faith Event During Democratic National Convention
EthicsDaily.com's showing of its documentary, "Gospel Without Borders," during the Democratic National Convention will show political leaders the urgency of addressing immigration reform.
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What Did Your Father Teach You?
What do you think Jesus learned from his heavenly Father? I think he learned about life, faith and relationships.
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British Baptists Engage in Olympic Mission Outreach
British Baptists Engage in Olympic Mission Outreach
With the Olympics set to begin this Friday in London, followed by the Paralympic Games next month, British Baptists are taking in athletes' families, volunteering and hosting events.
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"Gospel Without Borders" Screening During Democratic National Convention
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Skype Interview: New British Baptist President
Skype Interview: New British Baptist President "Big Hearted"
Drawing on his academic training and artistic bent, the new president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain wants people to be "big hearted" as they share the life and messages of Jesus.
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Court Ruling on Arizona's Immigration Law Calls for Moral Education
Court Ruling on Arizona's Immigration Law Calls for Moral Education
While reaction to the high court's decision on Arizona's immigration law is mixed, one thing is clear: We need intensive moral education from goodwill people of faith.
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Why Do We Fear Others Who Are Not Like Us?
Why Do We Fear Others Who Are Not Like Us?
When people are whipped up into a frenzy to fear those who are different, it widens the chasm that makes it more difficult – if not impossible – to build bridges toward community.
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If Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Anti-Immigration Law, What Do Churches Do?
If Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Anti-Immigration Law, What Do Churches Do?
The Supreme Court decision on Arizona's anti-immigration law is expected this month. Anti-immigration forces are ready to push similar laws in other states. Are churches prepared?
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Film Celebrates 400 Years of Baptists in Britain
Film Celebrates 400 Years of Baptists in Britain
A 15-minute YouTube film celebrates 400 years of Baptists in the United Kingdom, weaving together Baptist history with interviews on topics from women's ministry to worship.
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Partisan Polarization Increases; Democrats More Secular
Partisan Polarization Increases; Democrats More Secular
Americans are more divided along political lines than at any time in the last 25 years, a new report says, with clear differences over the social safety net, immigration and belief in God.
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Legacy Continues of Baptist Who Helped End Slave Trade
Legacy Continues of Baptist Who Helped End Slave Trade
A Jamaican Baptist who spoke out against the injustice of slavery will have his legacy extended in a project that will deepen the understanding of black and ethnic minority Baptist Christians.
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Immigrant Abuse Runs Rampant in Border Patrol
Immigrant Abuse Runs Rampant in Border Patrol
A disturbing video of Border Patrol agents beating a Hispanic to death illustrates the rampant abuse of undocumented immigrants. How long will we remain silent?
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Campolo's Challenge: Fully Commit to Jesus
Campolo's Challenge: Fully Commit to Jesus
Many Christians are willing to live out their faith "up to a point," pastor and author Tony Campolo told British Baptists. It's time to meet the needs of the poor and stand up for justice.
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Romans 13 Is Weak Proof-Text for Anti-Immigration Church Members
Romans 13 Is Weak Proof-Text for Anti-Immigration Church Members
For those Christians who favor anti-immigration legislation, Romans 13 is their text of choice – even though Scripture overwhelmingly favors a generous kindness toward the undocumented.
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Catholic and Baptist Bodies Screen Immigration Documentary
Catholic and Baptist Bodies Screen Immigration Documentary
A Catholic agency's national conference will screen EthicsDaily.com's "Gospel Without Borders," another example of the film's growing use in churches and Christian conferences.
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Greece's Economy Hitting Immigrants Hardest
Greece's Economy Hitting Immigrants Hardest
Greece's economic problems are seriously dislocating for everyone, but research shows that the economic upsets are disproportionately felt among immigrants.
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Baptist Life Celebrates the Ordinary
Baptist Life Celebrates the Ordinary
Baptists recognize that God chooses the ordinary to do extraordinary things. That's why the pleasure of ministering in a local church is seeing God at work among ordinary people.
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More States Allowing School-Bus Advertising
More States Allowing School-Bus Advertising
Missouri may become the latest state to allow advertising on school buses. People of faith should be concerned about the effects this exposure will have on young children.
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Seeking God's Law in Complex Immigration Policies
Seeking God's Law in Complex Immigration Policies
Our immigration system is complex and dysfunctional, often leading to many family separations. People of faith must advocate for the broken system to be changed.
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8 Facts for Pastors to Help Undocumented Immigrants
8 Facts for Pastors to Help Undocumented Immigrants
While undocumented immigrants have few people they can trust, they will often seek help from the church. Here are 8 facts that will help pastors assist them.
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EthicsDaily.com Documentary to Screen During Democratic National Convention
EthicsDaily.com Documentary to Screen During Democratic National Convention
Following a "Gospel Without Borders" screening during the Democrats' convention, an ecumenical panel of bishops will speak from a moral perspective on the immigration issue.
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Georgia Bill Would Expel Undocumented from Colleges
Georgia Bill Would Expel Undocumented from Colleges

Linda Jimenez is a model student. But she and other undocumented immigrants in Georgia would be kicked out of their colleges if a state senator's bill becomes law.

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Few Leaders Grasp Outrage of Average Citizens
Few Leaders Grasp Outrage of Average Citizens
Certain fundamental issues – health care, immigration, hunger and housing – shouldn't be politicized, but we have used political posturing to avoid dealing with crucial issues.
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Baptists, White House Officials Discuss Policy Issues
Baptists, White House Officials Discuss Policy Issues

A delegation of 60 goodwill Baptist leaders met with White House officials to discuss issues including the environment, human trafficking, immigration and predatory lending.

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Mississippi Pushes Anti-Immigration Bill Similar to Alabama's 2011 Law
Mississippi Pushes Anti-Immigration Bill Similar to Alabama's 2011 Law
Lutheran and Catholic bishops are voicing opposition to an effort to pass a harsh anti-immigration bill in Mississippi, which the state's governor has already endorsed.
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Alabama Faith Leaders Urge Anti-Immigration Law's Repeal
Alabama Faith Leaders Urge Anti-Immigration Law's Repeal
Religious leaders in Alabama are urging state lawmakers to make the noble and honorable action of repealing the state's anti-immigration law, one of the harshest in the nation.
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Faith Leaders Urge Presidential Candidates to Keep Anti-Immigration Rhetoric out of Tennessee
Faith Leaders Urge Presidential Candidates to Keep Anti-Immigration Rhetoric out of Tennessee
Tennessee faith leaders wrote to officials with the four leading GOP presidential campaigns, urging them to keep highly charged anti-immigration rhetoric out of their state.
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Where Is the So-Called Line for the Undocumented?
Where Is the So-Called Line for the Undocumented?
Politicians from both parties say undocumented immigrants must go to the back of "the line" if they want to be here legally. It's meaningless talk because the line doesn't exist.
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Faith Leaders to Pres. Hopefuls: Don't Bring Immigration Rhetoric to Tenn.
Faith Leaders to Pres. Hopefuls: Don't Bring Immigration Rhetoric to Tenn.
As Tennessee's presidential primary nears, many of the state's faith leaders urged GOP presidential candidates to keep bitter immigration rhetoric out of their state.
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Why Baptist Churches Are More Than Family
Why Baptist Churches Are More Than Family
Baptists aren't merely a family of churches. They can be diverse but still united, reaching beyond labels of conservatives and liberals, traditional and charismatic.
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Us vs. Them: Anti-Immigration Fear in the Bible
Us vs. Them: Anti-Immigration Fear in the Bible
The "us versus them" attitude adopted by the Egyptians that led to their unjust oppression of the Hebrews is a prevailing influence on immigration discussions today
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Tennessee Legislature Considers Alabama Copycat Immigration Bill
Tennessee Legislature Considers Alabama Copycat Immigration Bill
GOP lawmakers in Tennessee have filed some 30 anti-immigration bills during the current legislative session, including one described as a copycat of Alabama's harsh bill.
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Eight Ways for British Baptists to Face the Future
Eight Ways for British Baptists to Face the Future
Facing a significant budget shortfall, British Baptists face inevitable change. As a new initiative begins a dialogue about that change, here are eight ways to launch the hope-filled conversation.
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GOP Rancor Over Immigration Overshadows Party's Moderate Voices
GOP Rancor Over Immigration Overshadows Party's Moderate Voices
With the GOP presidential campaign locked in a slugfest between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney over immigration, more reasoned Republican voices struggle to get an audience.
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Documentary Screening, Panel Highlight Need for Congregational Focus on Immigration
Documentary Screening, Panel Highlight Need for Congregational Focus on Immigration
After a screening of EthicsDaily.com's "Gospel Without Borders," panelists said it will take interfaith cooperation and congregational conversations to change the anti-immigration tide.
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Tennessee Bishops Set for Documentary Panel on Immigration
Tennessee Bishops Set for Documentary Panel on Immigration
An interfaith panel featuring bishops from three denominations will speak to the issue of immigration following a screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary in Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 24.
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Christian Right Group Files Brief in Favor of Alabama's Anti-Immigration Law
Christian Right Group Files Brief in Favor of Alabama's Anti-Immigration Law
Claiming the safety of U.S. citizens was threatened, a Christian legal organization filed a brief with an appeals court to support Alabama's harsh anti-immigration law.
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Immigration Documentary to Be Screened in Nashville, Local Churches
Immigration Documentary to Be Screened in Nashville, Local Churches
Although it remains mostly beyond the media's radar, an educational effort by many in the faith community is under way to address immigration from a moral perspective.
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L.A. Bishop Resigns After Fathering Children
(RNS) A Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop from Los Angeles has resigned after admitting he is the father of two children, both now teenagers.
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On Immigration, Cite the Bible – and the Chamber
On Immigration, Cite the Bible – and the Chamber
A Chamber of Commerce report debunks seven myths about immigration. It's a resource every pastor needs to answer the anti-immigration crowd and the uninformed.
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5 Issues Your Church Members Will Discuss in 2012
5 Issues Your Church Members Will Discuss in 2012
Pundits and journalists are predicting what the top issues for 2012 will be. Here are five of the issues that will be on the minds of church members in the new year.
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Alabama Clergy Urge Governor to Repeal Anti-Immigration Law
Alabama Clergy Urge Governor to Repeal Anti-Immigration Law
Catholic and Protestant leaders in Alabama wrote Gov. Robert Bentley, urging him to repeal the state's anti-immigration law, one of the harshest in the nation. How did he respond?
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Methodist Bishop Repents on Immigration, Calls for Action
Methodist Bishop Repents on Immigration, Calls for Action

An Alabama United Methodist bishop said he was sorry for being inactive while an anti-immigration bill moved into law in his state. He urged 300 Tennessee faith leaders to speak against similar bills in their state.

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Detaining Immigrants: A Lucrative Industry
Detaining Immigrants: A Lucrative Industry
Because detaining the undocumented is a billion-dollar industry, inmates are often denied basic needs and face abuse. The most vulnerable are at the mercy of corporations that profit by their detention.
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Too Often, Self-Interest Trumps Common Good
Too Often, Self-Interest Trumps Common Good
From governments debating climate change to bankers being less philanthropic than their predecessors, it appears well-off nations and people choose their own interests over the common good.
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Interfaith Group Closing But Its Work Will Still Shine
Interfaith Group Closing But Its Work Will Still Shine
A Baptist interfaith network in Great Britain is closing, but its efforts will continue to shine forward when its work is transferred to the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
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Tenn. Faith Leaders To Gather Out of Concern for Anti-Immigration Legislation
Tenn. Faith Leaders To Gather Out of Concern for Anti-Immigration Legislation
As Tennessee politicians weigh an anti-immigration bill similar to Alabama's harsh law, hundreds of the state's faith leaders will gather Nov. 30 for a session on faith and immigration.
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New Bible Includes the Word
New Bible Includes the Word "Immigrant," Brings Moral Clarity
Making the Bible's witness completely relevant and its moral imperative inescapable for the faithful, a new translation replaces the words "stranger" and "alien" with the word "immigrant."
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Faith or Fear: What Shapes Your Immigration View?
Faith or Fear: What Shapes Your Immigration View?
Does your immigration position model Jesus' teachings? If we claim to follow Jesus, our views should be more informed by the compassion of our faith than the fear our culture feeds us.
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Panel: Stand Up to Unjust Immigration Laws
Panel: Stand Up to Unjust Immigration Laws
As part of New Baptist Covenant II, EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Gospel Without Borders," was featured at one of the satellite sites followed by an interfaith panel discussion.
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Panel: Stand Up to Unjust Immigration Laws
Panel: Stand Up to Unjust Immigration Laws
As part of New Baptist Covenant II, EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Gospel Without Borders," was featured at one of the satellite sites followed by an interfaith panel discussion.
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Sexual Abusers Hard to Profile or Predict
(RNS) The grand jury report reads like a textbook profile of child sexual abuse.
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Baptist Prophet Squares Off Against Baptist Governor in Alabama
Baptist Prophet Squares Off Against Baptist Governor in Alabama
On an NBC news program, Baptist prophet Wayne Flynt said Alabama's anti-immigration law was racist while the state's Baptist governor, who signed the law, denies he's a racist.
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S.C. Undermines Immigrants' Right to Feel Safe
S.C. Undermines Immigrants' Right to Feel Safe
For students whose parents are undocumented immigrants, school should be a safe place. But for their parents in South Carolina, society is far from safe thanks to the state's harsh anti-immigration law.
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Who Will Proclaim Hospitality to a Hostile World?
Who Will Proclaim Hospitality to a Hostile World?
As harsh anti-immigration laws are passed throughout the U.S., will communities of faith respond with a new emphasis for the theology of our time? Will they proclaim hospitality to an increasingly inhospitable world?
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Immigration Issue Far More Than a Legal Problem
Immigration Issue Far More Than a Legal Problem
Reducing the issue of immigration to a matter of legality seriously oversimplifies the economic, social and theological dimensions of this arena of our common life. The issue reveals a human and theological problem.
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Seven Ways to Change Attitudes about Immigration
Seven Ways to Change Attitudes about Immigration
After a showing of EthicsDaily.com's documentary on faith and immigration, panelists discussed ways that churches can help change attitudes about immigration.
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Catholic Bishops Distribute Baptist Immigration Documentary
Catholic Bishops Distribute Baptist Immigration Documentary
Reflecting the growing interfaith collaboration on immigration reform, some 500 DVDs of EthicsDaily.com's new documentary were sent to Catholic leaders by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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Immigration About Family Values, Civil Rights: Religious Leaders
Immigration About Family Values, Civil Rights: Religious Leaders
Anti-immigration laws are destroying families, said one panelist after a screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary on faith and immigration. Another called immigration the 21st century's civil rights issue.
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Panelists Urge Repair of Broken Immigration System
Panelists Urge Repair of Broken Immigration System
Following a screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary on faith and immigration, an interfaith panel encouraged people of faith to work for immigration reform.
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Alabama's White Southern Baptists Replay Segregationist History
Alabama's White Southern Baptists Replay Segregationist History
Alabama's passage of the nation's harshest anti-immigration law reveals how political power and religious power, especially the power of Southern Baptists, have advanced a law rooted in bigotry.
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Anti-Immigration Law Harms Georgia's Farmers
Anti-Immigration Law Harms Georgia's Farmers
Georgia's newly adopted anti-immigration law is credited with driving undocumented migrants from the state and costing the agricultural industry almost $400 million.
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British Baptists Encouraged to Invite Others to Church
British Baptists Encouraged to Invite Others to Church
An initiative offered by the Baptist Union of Great Britain encourages church members to invite people who have attended their churches in the past. Ministers say it's having an impact.
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Immigration Documentary Featured in Alabama TV News Segment
Immigration Documentary Featured in Alabama TV News Segment
EthicsDaily.com's documentary on faith and immigration was profiled Sunday on a TV station in Alabama, earning notice in the state with the newest and toughest immigration law.
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Politicians, Faith Leaders React to Anti-Immigration Ruling
Politicians, Faith Leaders React to Anti-Immigration Ruling
Following a federal district court's ruling that upheld most portions of Alabama's anti-immigration law, state officials voiced a triumphant note while faith leaders offered mixed commentary.
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Churches Lose Fight over Ala. Immigration Law
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (RNS) A federal judge jolted the national immigration debate by approving most parts of Alabama’s aggressive immigration law.
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Federal Judge Upholds Most of Alabama's Anti-Immigration Law
Federal Judge Upholds Most of Alabama's Anti-Immigration Law
A district judge upheld most parts of an Alabama law widely viewed as the nation's harshest anti-immigration law but blocked the part of the law that made it a crime to help undocumented immigrants.
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Parents of Dead Baby Defend Use of Faith-healing
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two parents accused of choosing faith healing over medical care said that given the chance, they would do nothing differently.
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Privatized Prison Corporation Promotes, Profits from Anti-Immigration Laws
Privatized Prison Corporation Promotes, Profits from Anti-Immigration Laws
A private prison corporation will profit from the harsh anti-immigration laws that it has quietly helped to pass. For for-profit prisons, more undocumented immigrants in jail equal higher profits.
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Catholic, Methodist Bishops Scheduled for Documentary Screenings in Georgia, N.C.
Catholic, Methodist Bishops Scheduled for Documentary Screenings in Georgia, N.C.
Catholic and United Methodist bishops are scheduled as panelists at screenings of EthicsDaily.com's "Gospel Without Borders" in Georgia and North Carolina. Screenings are also set in Florida and Denver.
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Sometimes, We're Called to Abandon Common Sense
Sometimes, We're Called to Abandon Common Sense
Does the Gospel have common sense? Jesus and the prophets often defied the common sense of their times. Yet many of Jesus' parables appealed to common sense. Where do we find the balance?
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Hard-Working Immigrants in Greece Face Dilemma
Hard-Working Immigrants in Greece Face Dilemma
Albanians have worked hard at sub-par wages in Greece. Now with the country's economy in shambles, they must choose between a bleak future in their homeland or find a rare chance to continue working in Greece.
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Documentary Screenings Shine Light on Immigration in N.C.
Documentary Screenings Shine Light on Immigration in N.C.
Participants were energized after North Carolina screenings of EthicsDaily.com documentary "Gospel Without Borders," helping to build the needed momentum for immigration reform.
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Recognizing Greatness: A First-Grader Learns a New Land
Recognizing Greatness: A First-Grader Learns a New Land
In the first years they are in the United States, immigrant students are both valuable and vulnerable. Many, including some as young as first grade, have mastered two languages to navigate home and school.
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Panel: Civil Voices Must Speak Up on Immigration
Panel: Civil Voices Must Speak Up on Immigration
With anti-immigration activists screaming at their legislators to crack down on the undocumented, goodwill people of faith must make their voices heard in a civil tone to impact the common good.
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Spurgeon's Right – Following Jesus Requires Fleshy Heart
Spurgeon's Right – Following Jesus Requires Fleshy Heart
When renowned British preacher C.H. Spurgeon spoke about why some people have stony hearts, he may as well have been characterizing the comments of some on immigration.
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Panel Busts Immigration Myths, Questions System
Panel Busts Immigration Myths, Questions System

After a screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Gospel Without Borders," panelists and audience members noted that the current perception and treatment of immigrants was similar to the "Jim Crow" laws in the U.S.

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Prayer: The Most Natural (and the Oddest) Activity
Prayer: The Most Natural (and the Oddest) Activity
At times, we're quick to pray. At other times, we're quick to ask why we should pray at all. Questions are important, but prayer is not something to be analyzed. It's just what we do.
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Some Churches Cancel Sunday School, Put Parents in Charge
(RNS) Don’t look for children’s Sunday school classes at Ridgewood Church in Port Arthur, Texas. And forget about scavenger hunts and water park trips.
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What Will You Do for Your Immigrant Neighbor?
What Will You Do for Your Immigrant Neighbor?
Some immigrants face such hardship they can barely attend church without getting deported. In these difficult situations, we must ask ourselves what an authentic Christian response looks like.
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Fourth Faith-healing Trial in Two Years Starts This Week
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) When the trial of Dale and Shannon Hickman begins this week, the curtain again rises on a familiar tragedy.
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GOP Candidates Clash with Themselves, Reagan on Immigration Reform
GOP Candidates Clash with Themselves, Reagan on Immigration Reform
During Wednesday's GOP presidential debate, many candidates clashed on immigration reform with the very president they paid homage to with the debate location.
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Hispanic Pastor No Longer Faces Deportation
Hispanic Pastor No Longer Faces Deportation
Hector Villanueva, pastor of a North Carolina church, was facing deportation when he was interviewed in EthicsDaily.com new documentary, "Gospel Without Borders." Last Friday, he received good news.
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Tubman's Story Still a Reality for Today's Immigrants
Tubman's Story Still a Reality for Today's Immigrants
As second-graders learn about Harriet Tubman's legacy, one boy's innocent observation is a reminder that Tubman's story is still being lived out by undocumented immigrants throughout the nation.
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New Documentary on Immigration and Faith Now Available
New Documentary on Immigration and Faith Now Available
Shot in five states, EthicsDaily.com's new documentary, "Gospel Without Borders," is now available. Separating myth from fact, it examines the biblical record about the treatment of the "stranger." (Photo: EthicsDaily.com)
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Anti-Immigration Christians Read a Mean Bible
Anti-Immigration Christians Read a Mean Bible

Some folks are editing a mean Bible for the stranger in our midst. They're fashioning a Jesus who doesn't love me or you or Juan or anyone else very much.

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Examining Immigration – One Family at a Time
Examining Immigration – One Family at a Time
Should we examine the immigration issue only through the lens of economics? It's dehumanizing to refer to people in terms of money. What if we start looking at the issue one family at a time?
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Religious Leaders Battle Alabama Immigration Law
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Alabama religious leaders say that a new immigration law would interfere with the practice of their religion.
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The Divine Surprises of Adoption
(RNS) Jennifer Grant has posted prayers to remind her that parenthood is both a labor of love and a sacred calling.
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Unitarian Universalist Head Convicted on Protest Charges
(RNS) The head of the Unitarian Universalist Association has been convicted on misdemeanor charges for participating in a protest rally.
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Couple Face Deportation, Allege Abuse by British Guards
Couple Face Deportation, Allege Abuse by British Guards
A Nepali Baptist couple in Britain claim they were verbally and physically abused by guards when they refused to be deported. The couple fear their lives will be in danger if forced to return to Nepal.
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Faith Leaders Challenge Alabama’s Immigration Law
(RNS) Leaders of the Episcopal, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches filed a federal lawsuit to stop enforcement of the state’s new immigration law.
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"Gospel Without Borders" Is Scheduled for August Release
On the heels of anti-immigration forces passing punitive laws in several states, EthicsDaily.com's new documentary on immigration, "Gospel Without Borders," comes in the fullness of time.
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Refugees' Journeys Often Come to Standstill in Morocco
Refugees' Journeys Often Come to Standstill in Morocco
Many migrants and refugees enter Morocco with hopes of eventually making it into Europe and the promise of improved opportunities. For many, it's an extremely dangerous journey.
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HBO Film Follows Muslim Children Competing to Memorize the Quran
(RNS) The movie follows three Muslim children as they compete in a tournament that requires young contestants to recite portions of the Quran.
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"Gospel Without Borders"

The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's documentary Gospel Without Borders

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Faith-healing Parents Lose Custody of Daughter
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) State officials will retain custody of a girl whose parents treated the girl’s condition with prayer.
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Methodist Leaders Challenge SBC Official on Altering DREAM Act
Methodist Leaders Challenge SBC Official on Altering DREAM Act
Countering a position urged by a Southern Baptist official, United Methodist leaders said weakening the DREAM Act by limiting the full rights of students' citizenship is "immoral."
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A Suggested Political Solution to Immigration Reform
A Suggested Political Solution to Immigration Reform

A solution to the often politically charged immigration issue is to give today's undocumented immigrants a path to lawful permanent residency without the full political rights of citizenship.

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Breaking the Tradition of Reactivity; Building Moral Capital for Immigration Reform
Breaking the Tradition of Reactivity; Building Moral Capital for Immigration Reform
After Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed the nation's harshest immigration bill into law, goodwill leaders of faith began to voice opposition. It's time for faith leaders to break the defective tradition of being reactive.
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Exactly Which God Does Alabama’s Governor Serve?
Exactly Which God Does Alabama’s Governor Serve?
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a leader at his Baptist church, signed one of the nation’s harshest anti-immigration law. With the Bible’s call to protect the stranger, one might wonder what god the governor serves.
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Awards Given, Documentary Screened at BCE Luncheon
Awards Given, Documentary Screened at BCE Luncheon

Two awards were handed out and EthicsDaily.com's new documentary on immigration was screened at the annual luncheon of the Baptist Center for Ethics in Tampa, Fla.

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When Immigration Reform Punishes the Innocent
When Immigration Reform Punishes the Innocent
Not every undocumented immigrant in the United States willingly or intentionally breaks immigration law. Some, like 19-year-old Nati, were brought here when they were children.
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Oregon Strips Faith-healing Parents of Legal Defenses
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) There is a new law that removes the remnants of Oregon’s legal protection for parents who rely solely on faith healing.
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Bishop Calls Ala. Immigration Law Nation’s Meanest
(BIRMINGHAM) A new Alabama law is the “meanest” immigration law in the country, according to a United Methodist bishop and respected theologian.
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Alabama's Anti-Immigration Law Concerns Faith Leaders
Alabama's Anti-Immigration Law Concerns Faith Leaders
Following Alabama's passage of the nation's harshest anti-immigration law, faith leaders around the nation are speaking up about Alabama's crackdown on undocumented immigrants.
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Alabama Governor Signs Nation's Harshest Anti-Immigration Law
Alabama Governor Signs Nation's Harshest Anti-Immigration Law
While the state's Christian denominations sat on the sidelines, Alabama's governor, a Republican and a Baptist, signed the nation's harshest anti-immigration law on June 9.
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It Takes A Church to Raise A Christian
The truth is it takes a church to raise a Christian. It takes this safe place, it takes this broader place than just the home, and it takes a combined effort to be able to teach faith to our children.
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British Churches Support Nepali Asylum-Seekers
British Churches Support Nepali Asylum-Seekers
If deported to their homeland, a Baptist couple from Nepal, currently detained in an immigration detention center in Great Britain, fear for their lives. Several churches are rallying to keep them in Britain.
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Supreme Court Decision on Immigration Draws Applause, Criticism
Supreme Court Decision on Immigration Draws Applause, Criticism
Anti-immigration advocates applauded the recent Supreme Court decision that upheld a 2007 Arizona law that would punish businesses that hire undocumented migrants; several faith leaders criticized the ruling.
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Anti-Immigration Group Gives Fs to Presidential Candidates
Anti-Immigration Group Gives Fs to Presidential Candidates
An anti-immigration group's report card gave failing grades to President Obama and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. Other federal politicians didn't do much better although U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann earned a B-.
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British Baptists Take Stand Against Tax Evasion
British Baptists Take Stand Against Tax Evasion
Delegates at an annual meeting of Baptists in Great Britain passed a resolution that highlighted the negative impact of tax evasion by multinational corporations on poor countries.
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Amnesty International Chides Vatican for Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Amnesty International has criticized the Vatican for falling short of its commitments to protect children from sex abuse.
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Georgia Governor Signs Anti-Immigration Bill into Law
Georgia Governor Signs Anti-Immigration Bill into Law
Despite opposition from business leaders and some religious leaders in Georgia, GOP Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law a bill modeled after Arizona's controversial 2010 anti-immigration measure.
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Faith Leaders Criticize Obama's Immigration Speech, Call for Comprehensive Reform
Faith Leaders Criticize Obama's Immigration Speech, Call for Comprehensive Reform
President Obama's 12-minute immigration speech mocked the GOP and in two short paragraphs outlined his understanding of comprehensive reform; faith leaders said his words fell short.
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What a Mother Goes Through
Human children take longer to rear than most other creatures, so it's no surprise that human mothers have a lot on their minds and hands.
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Obama Touts Immigration Reform; States Seek Own Remedies
Obama Touts Immigration Reform; States Seek Own Remedies
President Obama said his administration had beefed up border security and gone beyond what the GOP said it wanted in order to support comprehensive immigration reform.
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British Baptists Gather for Annual Assembly
British Baptists Gather for Annual Assembly
British Baptists met for their annual assembly, kicking off a weekend of thoughtful sermons and prayers for mission personnel. They also commissioned the army's chaplain-general, the first Baptist to hold the post.
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Review Word Usage for America's Immigrant Population
Review Word Usage for America's Immigrant Population
Using "illegals" or "illegal immigrants" to describe unauthorized or undocumented immigrants paints them as criminals. The terms are regularly used by media and are an attempt to stereotype the undocumented.
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Three Reasons Florida's Anti-Immigration Bills Are Flawed
Three Reasons Florida's Anti-Immigration Bills Are Flawed
Florida's lawmakers are considering two anti-immigration bills that would cost the state billions. Here are three reasons that the morally defective bills need to be dropped.
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Commitment, Earning Trust Help British Plant Churches
Commitment, Earning Trust Help British Plant Churches
Starting new churches is on the rise in Great Britain. British Baptists have started about one new church a month since 2005, but the work is harder today because it requires time to build people's trust.
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More Than Arizona Desert Led to Maira's Death
More Than Arizona Desert Led to Maira's Death
Maira Zelaya died from exposure in a desert while trying to enter the United States to reunite with her family. But cruel and unjust immigration laws also played a factor in her death.
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Immigration: An Opportunity to Truly Love Our Neighbor
Immigration: An Opportunity to Truly Love Our Neighbor
Every person was created by God and deserves respect and consideration, including the undocumented immigrants among us. Society tells us we must either condone or condemn them, but other options exist.
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Why Immigrants Shouldn't Need
Why Immigrants Shouldn't Need "Any Stinking Papers"
Our nation's immigration laws intimidate and persecute the loyal, honest and courageous poor who want to work hard and make a better life for themselves and their families. It's time to seek just and fair laws.
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Georgia Lawmakers Pass Arizona-Style Anti-Immigration Bill
Georgia Lawmakers Pass Arizona-Style Anti-Immigration Bill
Georgia lawmakers passed an anti-immigration bill that follows Arizona's 2010 crackdown on the undocumented. Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign the bill, which drew opposition from business and faith leaders.
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Anglicans Tighten Rules to Prevent Sham Marriages
LONDON (RNS) Couples suspected of using their wedding vows as a ruse to skirt immigration laws will be required to meet strict identity checks.
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Anti-Immigration Bills March Through State Legislatures
Anti-Immigration Bills March Through State Legislatures
Although the Arizona Senate rejected five bills that would have added even greater restrictions to last year's controversial anti-immigration legislation, it hasn't slowed other states' efforts to pass anti-immigration laws.
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Catholic Bishop Brings Moral Direction, Common Sense to Immigration Reform
Catholic Bishop Brings Moral Direction, Common Sense to Immigration Reform
Unlike those who reject the idea of amnesty for America's estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants, Catholic Bishop Anthony Taylor advocates for the rights of the immigrant community.
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Evangelicals Resist Obama’s Childhood Obesity Push
WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelicals are the only major religious group where a majority opposes the federal government’s efforts to reduce childhood obesity.
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Southern Baptist State Lawmakers on
Southern Baptist State Lawmakers on "Dirty Dozen" List for Extremist Views
Of the dozen state lawmakers identified in a Southern Poverty Law Center report for their radical-right beliefs on immigration, conspiratorial attitudes and involvement with hate groups, four were Southern Baptists.
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Methodist Foundation Funds EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Immigration
Methodist Foundation Funds EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Immigration
The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas is the major sponsor of EthicsDaily.com's next documentary, designed for use in churches to bring more light and less heat to the inflammatory issue of immigration.
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Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Fuels Violent
Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Fuels Violent "Solutions"
When politicians ramped up their anti-immigrant rhetoric to garner votes, violence against Hispanics increased 40 percent. Is it any surprise that even Hispanic U.S. citizens are fearful?
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Anglican Priest Arrested on Marriage Charges
LONDON (RNS) A Church of England vicar has been arrested in Britain’s second major police investigation in as many years.
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Almost 25 Percent of U.S. Children in Poverty
Almost 25 Percent of U.S. Children in Poverty
About 16 million children in the United States live in poverty – an increase of 2 million in the last two years and "the fastest fall for the middle class since the government started counting 51 years ago," a news report said.
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London Baptists Fund Olympics Position
London Baptists Fund Olympics Position
In the months leading up to next year's Olympics in London, Baptist churches will have help finding ways to engage in ministry during the games thanks to a new position funded by London Baptists.
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U.S. Immigration Policy Threatens to Split Baptist Pastor's Family
U.S. Immigration Policy Threatens to Split Baptist Pastor's Family
A Baptist pastor who came to America as a child may be sent back to Mexico because of U.S. immigration policy. His story illustrates the complexity and absurdity of America's seemingly unfixable immigration impasse.
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State Legislators, Business Leaders at Odds Over Anti-Immigration Measures
State Legislators, Business Leaders at Odds Over Anti-Immigration Measures
As state legislators from Arizona to South Carolina propose tougher laws to crack down on undocumented immigrants, business leaders in some cases are opposing these anti-immigration bills.
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When Will America Truly Become
When Will America Truly Become "Land of the Free"?
Eighty years ago, "The Star-Spangled Banner" became our national anthem, extolling America as "the land of the free." Today, many still long for the freedom that brought many of our ancestors to this nation.
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Christians Banned from Foster Care over Gay Views
LONDON (RNS) Two senior judges have banned a Christian couple from any further foster care because they oppose homosexuality.
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U.S. Rabbis Blast Israel over New Conversion Rules
JERUSALEM (RNS) American rabbis have signed a letter demanding that the conversions they perform outside Israel be recognized.
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Learning Firsthand How Immigrants Are Treated
Learning Firsthand How Immigrants Are Treated
As a fifth-generation Texan of Mexican-American heritage, I wasn't interested in immigration – until I moved out of Texas. I learned how immigrants are treated because others now assumed I looked like one.
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What God's Holiness Says to Anti-Immigrant Legislation
What God's Holiness Says to Anti-Immigrant Legislation
A group in Arkansas wants to bar immigrants from receiving public assistance benefits from state agencies, but a religious or social ethic that seeks to justify denying help to immigrants isn't true to the heart of God.
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Orphan, 9, in Immigration Detention Must Be Freed
Orphan, 9, in Immigration Detention Must Be Freed
Despite relatives' offers to care for him, a 9-year-old Iranian boy, who survived when a boat of asylum seekers sank near Christmas Island, remains in detention by Australian officials. You can sign a petition to seek his freedom.
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BCE's Annual Luncheon Showcases New Documentary, Gains Corporate Sponsor
BCE's Annual Luncheon Showcases New Documentary, Gains Corporate Sponsor
The first screening of the Baptist Center for Ethics' new documentary on immigration will be this June at the BCE's luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's general assembly. Tickets are available now.
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Undocumented Straight-A Student Faces Deportation
Undocumented Straight-A Student Faces Deportation
For people who think we'll be safer when undocumented immigrants are locked up or deported, check out Jonathan Chavez's story. Are we better off deporting and separating this straight-A student from his family?
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Meet the Sonoran Desert's Crusty Saints
Meet the Sonoran Desert's Crusty Saints
Gene Lefebvre and John Fife, both in their 70s, are two crusty social justice saints who talk immigration reform and walk Arizona's immigration trails. They are the founders of No More Deaths.
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Pew Report Counters Myth Driving 14th Amendment Repeal Efforts
Pew Report Counters Myth Driving 14th Amendment Repeal Efforts
National and state lawmakers have said that hundreds of thousands of "illegal aliens" cross the U.S. border to give birth to children in an effort to obtain citizenship. A new report busts that myth.
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Two Days on the Arizona Border Help Frame Immigration Debate
Two Days on the Arizona Border Help Frame Immigration Debate
Juan Pedro, a 17-year-old migrant, tried once before to cross the border, and now he was trying again. He hoped to find work – any type of work. Instead, he was deported. Hundreds of others die in the unforgiving desert.
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Georgia Shouldn't Pursue Arizona-Style Immigration Law
Georgia Shouldn't Pursue Arizona-Style Immigration Law
Though the political winds blow hard in a terrifying direction, Georgia should act in a more humane fashion than Arizona has with its anti-immigration law. Here are three reasons.
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State Department to Leave Mother and Father on Documents
WASHINGTON (RNS) Secretary Clinton has ordered changes to a proposal to remove the terms “mother” and “father” from records of overseas births.
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Anti-Hispanic Assault Shifts to State Governments
Anti-Hispanic Assault Shifts to State Governments
The real threat to the freedom of Hispanics is shifting to state governments. Some state lawmakers are proposing to limit access to public colleges and to seize the property of those who "harbor" the undocumented.
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States Plan to Follow Arizona's Lead on Immigration
States Plan to Follow Arizona's Lead on Immigration
Seven states may seek to pass Arizona-style laws in 2011 that crack down on illegal immigration, according to a report from an immigration advocacy organization.
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Coalition: Israel Neglects Vow to Ease Blockade
Coalition: Israel Neglects Vow to Ease Blockade
An international coalition of development, human rights and peace-building organizations says conditions in Gaza grow dire and that Israel has not followed through on its commitment to ease the blockade.
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Have Yourself a Prophetic Little Christmas
Have Yourself a Prophetic Little Christmas
Nothing's wrong with a festive attitude toward Christmas, but our festive Christmas observances seem disconnected from God's prophetic work in Christ. We need to celebrate being prophetic followers of Jesus.
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Religious Leaders Join White House in Dream Act Push
WASHINGTON (RNS) Supporters are calling it a moral solution to help students hurt by the country’s immigration system.
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Churches Push Hard on Last-Minute Legislation
WASHINGTON (RNS) Faith groups are mounting a full court press on Capitol Hill on a number of bills.
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Father Oprah and Wife Welcome First Daughter
(RNS) The Miami priest once known as “Father Oprah,” announced the birth of his first child.
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Immigration Bill's OK Would Be DREAM Come True
Immigration Bill's OK Would Be DREAM Come True
Some 65,000 students who entered America illegally with their parents graduate from high school each year. If passed by Congress, the DREAM Act will give these students a path to citizenship.
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First Lady Expands 'Let’s Move' to Religious Groups
WASHINGTON (RNS) First lady Michelle Obama has expanded her “Let’s Move” initiative to include working with religious and community organizations.
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Burma Pastor Punished for Refusing Election T-shirt
Burma Pastor Punished for Refusing Election T-shirt
After its pastor refused to wear an election campaign T-shirt supporting the ruling party, a Baptist church in Burma has been closed indefinitely by local police.
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Fair Trade Repels Attack by Free Trade Think-Tank
Fair Trade Repels Attack by Free Trade Think-Tank
A free-market think-tank issued a scathing report against the fair trade movement, which works to help the world's poorest regions. Great Britain's BMS World Mission, which supports the movement, hit back.
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Cathedral Think
We continue to leave our children with a passion for the story of Jesus, a center for missions. Together, we declare that the Creator has redeemed His creation through the death of His Son and the glorious resurrection. And we’re all called to go and tell. As our forefathers have given us a passion for the Great Commission, we must pass that passion to our children.
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Britain's Child Detention Policy Challenged
Britain's Child Detention Policy Challenged
The British government's policy of detaining children at immigration removal centers has been challenged in court. The Baptist Union of Great Britain has called regularly for the policy to end.
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When You Meet a Stranger, Who Do You Really See?
When You Meet a Stranger, Who Do You Really See?
What do we see when we encounter a stranger who looks different from us? The United States may need some spiritual awakening as to who is "the stranger" in our midst.
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Why British Baptist Youth Walk Away from Church
Why British Baptist Youth Walk Away from Church
When many young people who grew up in the church reach their adult years, they often stop attending church. A forum of younger leaders in Great Britain examined why this occurs.
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British Baptists Urged to Learn About Palestinian Christians
British Baptists Urged to Learn About Palestinian Christians
The director of a Christian organization in the Middle East urged British Baptists to learn more about the plight of Christians in Palestine. While they try to live peacefully amid the conflict, many constantly feel weak.
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Researcher: British Churches Aren't Dying
Researcher: British Churches Aren't Dying
While the figures stop short of signifying growth, a researcher says that evidence indicates that the decline in attendance in churches in Great Britain is over.
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Ruth's Story Reflects Today's Immigration Woes
Ruth's Story Reflects Today's Immigration Woes
People often have a good reason when they make the difficult decision to migrate. For many who have been hit hard by the economy, they need work to support their families. It's true today just as it was in Ruth's time.
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Romania Church Leaders Condemn Roma Deportations
WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) A Catholic bishop in Romania has deplored the mass expulsion of Roma from France.
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Definition of Family Shifting, Scholar Says
(RNS) The definition of who makes a family is shifting in the minds of Americans to include more same-sex couples, new research shows.
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British Christians Promise to Reduce World's Poverty
British Christians Promise to Reduce World's Poverty
A church-inspired global anti-poverty organization seeks to sign up millions to make personal pledges to fight extreme poverty. And they're urging churches around the world to unite in prayer on Oct. 10.
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Immigration Must Be Handled with Compassion
Immigration Must Be Handled with Compassion
Our political leaders must address immigration issues in a fair and compassionate manner. Tens of thousands of members of American Baptist Churches are among those affected.
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Anglican Priest Gets Four Years in Prison
LONDON (RNS) An Anglican vicar has been sentenced to four years in prison for conducting hundreds of fake marriages.
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Anti-immigration Politicians Spread Scare Stories About
Anti-immigration Politicians Spread Scare Stories About "Terror Babies"
The Texas politicians who alleged an international conspiracy of "terror babies" are Southern Baptist. Far too many conservative Christians have such fringe conspiratorial views, making decisions based on fear instead of facts.
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Faith-healing Family Pleads not Guilty to Manslaughter
OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two members of an Oregon church pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges.
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German Catholic Bishops Release New Sex Abuse Guidelines
BERLIN (RNS) Officials of Germany’s Roman Catholic Church will be required to immediately report suspicions of child abuse.
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Catholic Adoption Agency Loses Fight over Gay Parents
LONDON (RNS) A Catholic adoption agency has lost its fight for the right to continue its policy of refusing to place children with same-sex couples.
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Hispanic Leaders Warn GOP on Repealing Birthright Citizenship
WASHINGTON (RNS) Hispanic evangelical leaders said Republican proposals could erode support from Hispanic voters.
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British Churches Focus on 2012 Olympics in London
British Churches Focus on 2012 Olympics in London
The London 2012 Olympics are less than two years away, and churches in Great Britain are beginning to develop plans for outreach, hospitality and service during the event.
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Faith Leaders Missing in Action About Public Policy
Faith Leaders Missing in Action About Public Policy
What do the construction of an Islamic center near Ground Zero and calls to deny citizenship to children born to parents who are in the United States illegally have in common? Too many faith leaders have remained silent.
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Don't Avoid Welcoming Strangers on Life's Path
Don't Avoid Welcoming Strangers on Life's Path
In these days of political wrangling about how to deal with immigration problems in our country, it's good to remind ourselves to reach out and minister to strangers. You never know who you'll encounter on life's path.
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British Officials Help Churches Spot Sham Marriages
CANTERBURY, England (ENI) The British border protection agency says it is helping clerics spot “sham” marriages.
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A Scriptural Response to the Immigration Debate
A Scriptural Response to the Immigration Debate
As Christians look to Scripture to determine a biblical response to the current immigration debate, a passage in Hebrews delivers a stark reminder. The parent of our faith family was an undocumented immigrant.
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Georgia Speeds Down Arizona's Anti-Immigration Highway
Georgia Speeds Down Arizona's Anti-Immigration Highway
Georgia is well on its way to an Arizona-style immigration law. However, the preponderance of Scripture speaks clearly on how we treat the alien among us. Will we stand up for the vulnerable and voiceless?
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Last Call: British Baptist Holds Funeral in Pub
Last Call: British Baptist Holds Funeral in Pub
With the church under a major renovation, a British Baptist minister decided to hold a funeral in a local pub. More than 200 people crammed into the pub and listened intently to the Gospel.
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British Charities: Overseas Aid Must Remain Priority
British Charities: Overseas Aid Must Remain Priority
Christian charities in Great Britain have reiterated their belief that international aid should continue to be protected from cuts, even after a poll found the British public picked it as a top priority to be cut.
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Bangladesh Baptists Urge Climate Action
Bangladesh Baptists Urge Climate Action
Pointing out that the effects of climate change are already being felt around the world, a prominent Bangladesh Baptist has urged everyone to take responsibility for their actions in contributing to climate change.
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Lessons From Vacation Bible School – For Adults
Lessons From Vacation Bible School – For Adults
Adults can learn some lessons when they teach Vacation Bible School. Children, for example, are as honest as the day is long. They're incredibly kind and generous. These are important lessons adults tend to forget.
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In Economic Crisis, British Christians Urge Generosity
In Economic Crisis, British Christians Urge Generosity
As the United Kingdom tightens its belt following the emergency budget, Christians have been challenged to live generously, invest in their communities and give society a taste of God's kingdom.
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British Baptists Receive Honor from Queen
British Baptists Receive Honor from Queen
Baptists in Great Britain were among those honored recently in the Queen's Birthday Honors list. They include a former president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain as well as a teacher retiring after 29 years of service.
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Anti-Immigration Forces Take Page from Pharaoh's Playbook
Anti-Immigration Forces Take Page from Pharaoh's Playbook
Rather than listen to the biblical heroes of freedom and justice, anti-immigration forces have embraced two of the darkest biblical figures – Pharaoh and Herod – who targeted children to pursue their fear-laden political objectives.
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South African Christians Involved in World Cup
South African Christians Involved in World Cup
Christians, including Baptists, in South Africa are involved in several evangelical and social-awareness issues as hundreds of thousands of people flock to watch soccer teams compete in the World Cup.
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Child Sexual Abuse in Churches Can't Be Ignored
Child Sexual Abuse in Churches Can't Be Ignored
A child is sexually abused in the United States every four minutes. And Protestant churches, as part of the larger society, are not immune from this sin – no matter how some may try to camouflage it.
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What Arizona Taught Me about School Today
What Arizona Taught Me about School Today
Efforts at so-called educational and immigration reforms in Arizona have rightly brought about protests of racism and prejudice. Still, perhaps we should thank Arizona for a valuable lesson.
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Britain's Christian Aid Slams Soccer Tax Havens
Britain's Christian Aid Slams Soccer Tax Havens
A report from an international development charity highlights the tax-haven secrecy practiced by Britain's soccer clubs. The charity says the financial secrecy costs the lives of many children in poor countries.
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Open Letter to American Baptists on Immigration Reform
Open Letter to American Baptists on Immigration Reform
Those of us who sign this letter gathered not because we are all of one mind on every aspect of immigration reform. We know that any reform must consider widespread concerns.
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The Plight of One Undocumented Family
The Plight of One Undocumented Family
The story of God's people is the story of aliens. Throughout the biblical text we are reminded of God's concern for the alien and the stranger who reside among us.
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Spiritual Child Neglect
When we neglect our own faith, when we neglect the consistency of our own lives and the implied message that goes along with what we tell our children, we neglect the spiritual development of our own hearts and the spiritual development of our children.
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Marching for Immigration Reform, Citizens' Rights
Marching for Immigration Reform, Citizens' Rights
A Dallas march for immigration reform provided a chance for participants to stand up for undocumented workers and to protect the rights of U.S. citizens.
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Arizona Moves Immigration Reform to Forefront
Arizona Moves Immigration Reform to Forefront
Overshadowed by a looming health care vote, immigrants' rights advocates marched in our nation's capital in March. Today, Arizona's immigration law has placed the issue back in the news. Here's what you missed at the march.
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Tea Partiers Colorblind to Arizona's Fascism
Tea Partiers Colorblind to Arizona's Fascism
Arizona recently passed the most fascistic law imaginable. Heaven forbid if you are a Latina or Latino who left your papers in the hotel room. So why aren't tea party activists protesting? Maybe because fascism is selective.
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Indian Baptists Fear Fresh Wave of Violence
Indian Baptists Fear Fresh Wave of Violence
An attack on Christians is brewing in the southern part of India, local Baptists say. Christians have often faced attacks in India, but their number and severity have increased in recent years.
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British Politicians Court Christian Vote
British Politicians Court Christian Vote
With Great Britain's general election scheduled for May 6, the leaders of the nation's three main political parties have been canvassing for the Christian vote in recent days.
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British Christians Wrestle with Lodging Dilemma
British Christians Wrestle with Lodging Dilemma
How should individuals react when their consciences conflict with the law of the land? In Britain, some Christians say they should be allowed to refuse bed-and-breakfast lodging to people on the grounds of their sexuality.
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Activists: End Britain's Detention of Children
Activists: End Britain's Detention of Children
Protesters opposed to the detention of children in immigration centers in Britain believe a "perfect storm" of circumstances may work in their favor to end the controversial practice.
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Failed Border Policy Causes Migrants’ Deaths
Failed Border Policy Causes Migrants’ Deaths
As tens of thousands are expected to descend on Washington, D.C., this weekend to call for comprehensive immigration reform, we must not forget the deaths caused by the government’s current border policy.
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D.C. Rally to Push for Immigration Reform
D.C. Rally to Push for Immigration Reform
While health-care reform occupies center stage, others will not let immigration reform die. This weekend, more than 100,000 people are expected to gather in Washington, D.C., to advocate for comprehensive reform.
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Weekend Prayer Unites British Baptists
Weekend Prayer Unites British Baptists
Baptists throughout Great Britain joined together recently for The Wave of Prayer, a weekend initiative sponsored by the Baptist Union of Great Britain and BMS World Mission.
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Grants Fund British Baptists' Mission Projects
Grants Fund British Baptists' Mission Projects
The latest round of grants from the Baptist Union of Great Britain is being used by churches to connect with people who don't attend church and to serve their communities.
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Dedicated to God
What do children and youth really need to survive, to be healthy, to be productive, and to have a good life? Clearly, I think, they need safety. If you kept a child in perfect safety, that still would not be enough. If you could protect a child and make sure they were never injured, never fell, never scraped their knees, and were never in danger from someone outside hurting them, that still would not be enough.
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500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
Nigerian Baptists have asked for prayer following violence between Christians and Muslims that has left an estimated 500 people dead and displaced around 18,000 others.
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Do Married Couples Deserve Tax Breaks?
Do Married Couples Deserve Tax Breaks?
While many Christians may sympathize with one British political party's plan to give tax breaks to married couples, we should be wary of knee-jerk plans just because they tick our moral boxes.
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Sermons May Be Popular But Rarely Lead to Action
Sermons May Be Popular But Rarely Lead to Action
Sermons are not doing enough to motivate congregations who listen to them, a survey found. Organizers concluded that sermons are "better at helping people to reflect than at challenging them to act."
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British Government: Family Policy's Focus on Marriage
British Government: Family Policy's Focus on Marriage
The British government's new family policy will acknowledge the importance of marriage, highlighting how much better children fare if their parents stay together.
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Beyond Copenhagen: Keep Pressure On For Fair Deal
Beyond Copenhagen: Keep Pressure On For Fair Deal
While Copenhagen yielded a weak deal for our commitment to climate control, it's still another step on the road. In this new year, we must keep the pressure on for a plan that's fair, ambitious and binding.
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Activists Decry Disbanding of British Anti-Trafficking Unit
Activists Decry Disbanding of British Anti-Trafficking Unit
The anti-trafficking unit of the largest police force within the United Kingdom will see its operations absorbed elsewhere in the force in April. Activists consider the move a blow to efforts to fight human trafficking.
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Survey's Religious Findings May Have Devilish Details
Survey's Religious Findings May Have Devilish Details
A recent survey claims that religious faith has declined sharply in Britain over the last two decades. Before bemoaning the evaporation of the Christian faith, here's another perspective to consider.
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Campaign to End Child Detention in Britain Gathers Steam
Campaign to End Child Detention in Britain Gathers Steam
Medical professionals, the creator of Paddington Bear and church leaders have called on the British government to end the practice of detaining an estimated 1,000 children in immigration centers.
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The Ancient Cries in Palestine at Christmas: Part One
The Ancient Cries in Palestine at Christmas: Part One
Months after the joyous cries of Elizabeth and Mary for the births of their sons, another cry was heard from mothers in and around Bethlehem. But these were not cries of joy.
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Nestle Agrees to Use Fair Trade Chocolate in Britain
Nestle Agrees to Use Fair Trade Chocolate in Britain
Nestle will use fair trade chocolate in its KitKat bars in the United Kingdom and Ireland beginning in January. The move will benefit 6,000 cocoa farmers in the Ivory Coast, providing them with fairer prices.
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Church Criticized for Hosting Palestine Service
Church Criticized for Hosting Palestine Service
A London Baptist church was the focus of protests after hosting a carol concert organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. A minister at the church stood by the program, but one critic said it politicized Christmas.
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Climate Change Won't Be Slowed by Our Denials
Climate Change Won't Be Slowed by Our Denials
People hesitate to argue with a mechanic over the best way to fix an engine or with a surgeon over the best way to replace a hip. Why do so many have no hesitation to dismiss scientists about climate change?
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Lou Dobbs: Immigration Reform's New Champion?
Lou Dobbs: Immigration Reform's New Champion?
Immigration reform has taken a back seat to other issues, including health-care reform and unemployment. Now proponents of immigration reform may have a new champion – Lou Dobbs?
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Caste Out? India's Discrimination Migrates to Britain
Caste Out? India's Discrimination Migrates to Britain
Many of India's Dalit people – once known as the untouchables under that country's caste system – living in the United Kingdom report that they remain victims of caste discrimination. The abuse should stop.
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Christmas Toy Drives Require Immigration Check
Christmas Toy Drives Require Immigration Check
Many were outraged by news that Christmas toy drives in Houston were requiring proof of citizenship. What does it say about our country if we won't extend Christmas joy to the child who is here without documentation?
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Who's the Real Enemy of Immigration Reform?
Who's the Real Enemy of Immigration Reform?
When it comes to meaningful immigration reform, the marginalized have more to fear from political allies, who often are quick to profess solidarity but slow when they fear votes could be lost. Shame on them.
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Baptist Church Maintains Interfaith Ties with School
Baptist Church Maintains Interfaith Ties with School
A Baptist church in England has exemplified interfaith work in its eight-year partnership with a multifaith school. Most of the independent school's 200 boys are from Muslim, Hindu and Sikh families.
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Will Baptists Be Able to Embrace Interfaith Efforts?
Will Baptists Be Able to Embrace Interfaith Efforts?
The United Kingdom has undertaken its first Interfaith Week, but it's unlikely to draw a warm and enthusiastic response from Baptists. Can we not make an effort to encounter people of other faiths simply as people?
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British Church Leaders Urge Climate-Change Action
British Church Leaders Urge Climate-Change Action
Speaking before a recent European Union summit meeting, leaders from three British denominations called on the EU to make drastic emissions cuts by 2020 and to help emerging nations cut carbon emissions.
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Missing the Mark: Eight Flaws in Quiverfull Theology
Missing the Mark: Eight Flaws in Quiverfull Theology
Advocates of quiverfull theology believe any kind of contraception or any desire to prevent the conception of a child during the coital act is a sin against God. Here are eight ways they miss the target.
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Testing...testing...
What we are finally left with is what every child is left with... the need for mercy and forgiveness, the knowledge that in our imperfect world, inhabited by flawed people such as ourselves, the law is not the final word. With God, grace is always the bottom line. And aren’t you glad for that?
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BMS to Gordon Brown: Remember Poor at Climate Forum
BMS to Gordon Brown: Remember Poor at Climate Forum
BMS World Mission penned an open letter to Great Britain's prime minister, Gordon Brown, asking him to speak up for the interests of the world's poor at December's climate conference in Copenhagen.
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Groups Invite British Baptists to Return to China
Groups Invite British Baptists to Return to China
Almost 60 years after its last mission worker was expelled from China, BMS World Mission has been invited back to the country by two organizations to send personnel to teach English.
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No Samaritans Allowed: U.S. Prohibits Helping Migrants
No Samaritans Allowed: U.S. Prohibits Helping Migrants
If America truly is a nation based on Judeo-Christian values, why does the U.S. prohibit us from being Good Samaritans to people desperate to migrate here? It repudiates Jesus' teachings.
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Defend the Weak: Will We Stop Tragedies Like Fiona's?
Defend the Weak: Will We Stop Tragedies Like Fiona's?
The system failed Fiona Pilkington, who took her life and her daughter's after years of bullying. When will more Christians speak up for those who can't speak for themselves?
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British Churches Call for Cuts to Nuclear Weapons
British Churches Call for Cuts to Nuclear Weapons
Ministerial leaders from three denominations in Great Britain characterized Prime Minister Gordon Brown's statement to reduce its fleet of nuclear-armed subs as "feeble and ineffective."
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British Churches Gear Up for Back-to-Church Sunday
British Churches Gear Up for Back-to-Church Sunday
More than one out of four churches with the Baptist Union of Great Britain are gearing up for Back to Church Sunday on Sept. 27, an initiative that organizers say has led to thousands returning to church.
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Churches Call for Peace This Sunday
Churches Call for Peace This Sunday
Churches from three denominations in Great Britain are being urged to observe Sunday, Sept. 20, as Peacemaking Sunday, the day before the United Nations' International Day of Peace.
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Tony Blair: Faiths Must Join Forces on Aid
Tony Blair: Faiths Must Join Forces on Aid
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair called on faith communities to work together, noting that when they do "things get done and respect between them grows."
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British Baptist Grateful for National Health Plan
British Baptist Grateful for National Health Plan
Britain's National Health Service may not be perfect, but the system acknowledges people have a right to care because of citizenship, not because of wealth or employment.
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Stranger Danger? Fear Mustn't Sway Immigration Views
Stranger Danger? Fear Mustn't Sway Immigration Views
Since the horror of 9/11, our nation has developed a fear of foreigners. We need to make sure our views on immigration are guided by the compassion of our faith, not the fear of our culture.
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Crunch Time: Nestle Urged to Improve Ethics
Crunch Time: Nestle Urged to Improve Ethics
A movement founded by a Baptist minister is taking on chocolate giant Nestle, urging the company to ensure its cocoa is free from child trafficking and forced child labor.
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Locked Out? Voice of People of Faith Marginalized
Locked Out? Voice of People of Faith Marginalized
Although people of faith should be allowed a voice in the public square, their views seem to be marginalized on many fronts, including education, government and health care.
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 Immigration Reform Slides to Obama's Backburner
Immigration Reform Slides to Obama's Backburner
Rather than tackle the humiliations of being Hispanic today in this country, the president announced that legislation to overhaul immigration laws will be delayed until next year.
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Attend Immigration Luncheon at New Baptist Covenant Meeting
Attend Immigration Luncheon at New Baptist Covenant Meeting
Immigration may not be in the headlines, but it is at the doorstep of the local church. The biblical witness' unavoidable imperative to care for the stranger makes it a top priority.
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Guidelines Provide Roadmap for Christian-Muslim Relations
Guidelines Provide Roadmap for Christian-Muslim Relations
As Christians and Muslims increasingly live side by side, the tension between the two mission-focused faiths is inevitable. That's why the guidelines prepared by the Christian Muslim Forum are a valuable resource for interaction.
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Apathy, Protest Votes Propel British Far-Right Group's Victory
Apathy, Protest Votes Propel British Far-Right Group's Victory
The British National Party, which recently won two seats in the European Parliament, speaks the language of hatred. While Christians should have nothing to do with the party, they need not fear it.
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Churches Benefit When Members Have Dose of Confidence
Churches Benefit When Members Have Dose of Confidence
Don't underestimate the power of confidence. When members have confidence in their churches' future, they won't regard money, time and talents spent on them as wasted. And lives will be changed by the power of the gospel.
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Survey: U.K. Christians Optimistic About Their Churches' Growth
Survey: U.K. Christians Optimistic About Their Churches' Growth
The majority of Christians in the United Kingdom think attendance in their own churches will increase over the next 20 years, a survey revealed. They're less optimistic about growth of other churches in the U.K.
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Seminary in Prague Faces Funding Crisis
Seminary in Prague Faces Funding Crisis
Baptist unions across Europe are being consulted on the future of the International Baptist Theological Seminary (IBTS), which is facing a funding crisis brought on by the global economic crisis.
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Name-Calling, Attacks Won’t Solve America’s Immigration Woes
Name-Calling, Attacks Won’t Solve America’s Immigration Woes
As Christians, we are not compelled to agree on the political resolution of the immigration situation. We are called to be the "light of the world" and the "salt of the earth." Can we lead by example without drifting into name-calling?
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Carbon Capture Policy Will Lead to Carbon Dioxide Increase
Carbon Capture Policy Will Lead to Carbon Dioxide Increase
A prominent Baptist campaigner says the British government's decision to launch four coal-fired power stations will increase carbon dioxide emissions at the very time they need to decline.
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Anti-Muslim Immigration Video Spreads Fear, Distorts Truth
Anti-Muslim Immigration Video Spreads Fear, Distorts Truth
“Muslim Demographics," a fear-mongering, fact-distorting video on YouTube, has gone viral with almost 5 million views thanks to conservative Christians who are posting it on their blogs and e-mailing links to their church friends.
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Baptists Seek Safety from Flu Virus, Remain Silent About Hate-Speech Virus
Baptists Seek Safety from Flu Virus, Remain Silent About Hate-Speech Virus
We are witnessing a pandemic in conservative America of hate-speech against Mexicans.
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G20 Summit Made Some Progress on Financial Front
G20 Summit Made Some Progress on Financial Front
An estimated 35,000 marchers made their voices heard to the leaders at the G20 summit, but those demands were often mixed and confusing. No real progress was reached on climate change, but two key financial initiatives were reached.
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Economy Becomes Smoke Screen for Immigration Inaction
Economy Becomes Smoke Screen for Immigration Inaction
Some opponents upset by President Obama's announcement to push for immigration reform this year are using the economy as a reason to take no action. Their rationale is just the latest smoke screen.
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G20's Solutions Not Enough to Turn Around Economic Crisis
G20's Solutions Not Enough to Turn Around Economic Crisis
Some have praised the G20 summit but can its promises really transform the global economy, which is turning life into a Monopoly game that the vast majority of the world can never win?
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Why the Environment Should Top Christians' Agenda
Why the Environment Should Top Christians' Agenda
The scientific evidence of climate change is no longer disputable. As disciples of Christ we cannot close our eyes to the facts. If we do not act, we will be complicit in the starvation, poverty and injustice that results.
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Great to God
How do you measure a church’s success? What really counts when it comes to being a church?
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Children’s Sermon Sack Always Full of Surprises
Children’s Sermon Sack Always Full of Surprises
Whatever a child places in the sack becomes the object lesson for the children’s sermon at First Baptist in Fitzgerald, Ga. One Sunday the sack held toy binoculars and a plastic dagger. What would you say?
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Church Leaders Criticise EU over Climate Plan Weakness
Church Leaders Criticise EU over Climate Plan Weakness
The European Union's plans for tackling climate change are inadequate, and the UK Government should take a lead in revising them, according to Church leaders in this country.
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Lose Some Life to Save Some
Lose Some Life to Save Some
Americans have been led to think that all they have to care for is their own selves. And that turns out to be a lot of people in this country—people who have bought into, whether upon deep examination or casual and almost unconscious commitment, a comprehensive philosophy of self-interest.
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Advancing God’s Kingdom Requires Defending Human Dignity
Advancing God’s Kingdom Requires Defending Human Dignity
Beyond all particularities of race, origin, gender and the like, all of us are members of the human family, and none of us should be denied our dignity whatsoever, under any circumstance.
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BBC Poll on Religion in UK Life Yields Surprising Results
BBC Poll on Religion in UK Life Yields Surprising Results
The strong support for a role for religion in UK public life shown in a recent BBC poll should in some ways at least come as no surprise.
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British Pastor: 'Challenge Consensus on Economy'
Employment is a moral issue which involves issues of justice and fairness, according to a Baptist pastor and chaplain to the Christian Socialist Movement.
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Christian Mission vs. Humanitarian Relief
Jesus declares that the ancient prophecy of Isaiah was coming to life as he read it. The theme of his life would be one of service to the unwell, distressed, oppressed and impoverished. This is what happened, but Jesus also had a message. It was one that spoke of freedom, the restoration of the divine in human life, the power of forgiveness and a place for us all in the purposes of God.
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Religion Still Has the Right Words for Peace
To combat deep-rooted hatred and rejectionism, a profound spiritual movement is needed, and far from being a cause of divisiveness - as it is perceived in this country - religion is the only power which has a language of the necessary depth and subtlety.
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Clarity Is Needed in a Time of Uncertainty
Serious times call for serious people, and it's hard to imagine more serious times than these. War in Afghanistan is going badly (read the history books, and you will realise that the only non-Afghan who could not have written that sentence was Alexander the Great).
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Nashville Faith Leaders Oppose English-only Campaign, SBC Leaders Are Silent
Many of Nashville’s faith leaders are expressing opposition to an effort to make English the only language in which the city government can offer services, considering “it to be unjust, inhospitable, and detrimental to the wellbeing” of the community. Missing in moral action is the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention and its state affiliate, the Tennessee Baptist Convention.
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Nashville Faith Leaders Oppose English-only Campaign, SBC Leaders Are Silent
Many of Nashville’s faith leaders are expressing opposition to an effort to make English the only language in which the city government can offer services, considering “it to be unjust, inhospitable, and detrimental to the wellbeing” of the community. Missing in moral action is the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention and its state affiliate, the Tennessee Baptist Convention.
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Dear President-Elect: Prioritize Immigration Reform
How do you say "thank you" in Spanish? Appointing a few brown faces to your cabinet or to the Supreme Court is not the answer. We should not feel gratitude for something that should be the norm. You say thank you by not ignoring the number one reason we went out to the polls and voted.
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U.S. Policy Pushes and Pulls Migrants
Migrants are easy targets on both sides of the borders. Not since the days of Jane and Jim Crow has the U.S. government had a policy in place that systemically brought death to a group of people based on their race or ethnicity. Our deterrent policy is killing Hispanics.
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Experts Say Anti-Immigration Laws Carry Unintended Economic Costs
Anti-immigration policies like an Oklahoma bill cracking down on illegal aliens are costly, two economists said in an interview aired recently on a Baptist radio program.
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Focus on the Undocumented Family
Family values have arisen as battle cry among Christians, specifically conservative Christians. During past presidential elections, family values were indicated as being a decisive factor for the electorate in arriving at the decision for whom to cast a vote.
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'The Visitor'
A sign on the wall says it all: "Immigrants, America's strength." Of course, it's located inside a detention center where illegal immigrants are held in Thomas McCarthy's new movie, "The Visitor."
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The Unsatisfied Womb
My choice for the title of the book I just read is the "Unsatisfied Womb." This is one of the sub titles found in the work.
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Pondering Immigration
Immigration: everyone has an opinion. We hear rhetoric used to describe the dilemma of undocumented immigrants in this country from politicians to pulpits.
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Knowing a Second Language a Must Today
Living between two great oceans, North Americans generally tend to think of English as being the only language necessary. Unfortunately it is common to hear the sneer, "If they want to talk to us, let them learn English."
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Jesus Was an Alien, Speaker Says
Christians have an obligation to reject negative attitudes and false assumptions about immigrants, in part because their Savior was an alien in Egypt, Christian ethicist and EthicsDaily.com columnist Miguel De La Torre said in a Friday lecture at Belmont University.
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Christians Should Respond to the Immigration Debate with the Compassion of Christ
The Christmas Season has once again come and gone. Presents have been opened and exchanged, decorations have been stored for another year, and resolutions have been made to start the New Year. The ever-familiar Christmas story lives on in our hearts and minds, narrating for us the incarnation of God into the world in the person of Jesus. Yet, while we celebrate and retell the story with feelings of warmth and comfort, from its beginning to its end the story is a narrative about the rejection of Jesus as a stranger and alien in a foreign land.
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Bruce Springsteen, Immigration and the American Dream
Bruce Springsteen's lyrics describe an America big enough for immigrants and immigration, decent enough to remember that those who come here are driven by their desperate faith in the American Dream, and hopeful enough to acknowledge that though this country can at times be a very hard land, American joy, goodness, generosity, and heroism are real.
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Immigration IS a Social Issue
Immigration continues to dominate much of the discussion among Republican presidential candidates. The issue sparked a fierce back-and-forth exchange between candidates Rudy Guiliani and Mitt Romney during the recent CNN/YouTube debate.
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British Baptists Go 'On Our Knees' to Raise Awareness of Ministry to Children
Baptists in the United Kingdom last Sunday took part in a second "On Our Knees" emphasis aimed at turning around a dramatic decline in the number of children attending Baptist churches.
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Immigration and the Law
Over and over in the Old Testament, we are admonished to be kind to "the widow, the orphan, and alien." In the New Testament Christ admonishes us to welcome the stranger: "When I was a stranger you took me in…whatever you do for the least of these brothers of mine, so also you do for me."
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House Sustains Veto of Children's Insurance Bill
Faith leaders called Thursday's House of Representatives vote upholding President Bush's veto of a children's health insurance bill a defeat for America's children and win for tobacco.
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Poor Children Victims of Multiple Marginalization
In September 2006, I was asked to lead a Bible study on children and poverty for the all-staff gathering of National Ministries (American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.) The purpose of the study was to help staff explore the biblical mandates related to the Children in Poverty Initiative, which was adopted in 2005 as denomination-wide issue of concern.
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Bush Wants Money for Iraq, but not America's Children
President Bush recently demanded another $189 billion to extend his occupation of Iraq for another year--even as he stripped low-income children of their healthcare. The cost of funding an expanded State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP, pronounced s-chip) is only $12 billion per year, less than a tenth the money he wants for Iraq.
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Violent Young Men
I saw the Halo youth-ministry story that everyone's commenting on when I picked up a copy of the New York Times at the airport on Sunday.
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Help Save a Sinking SCHIP
I pay attention when the Gospels show Jesus' anger. In addition to a few confrontations with religious hardliners, there are only a few other notable episodes.
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What Should Churches Do About Immigration?
Let's face it: Global migrations in the 21st century will not disappear just because of wishful thinking.
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SCHIP Veto a Moral Issue, Congressman Says at Screening of 'Golden Rule Politics'
An Alabama congressman said Monday that President Bush's veto last week of a children's health insurance bill is a moral issue.
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Baptists Hold Key to Overriding Veto on Health Insurance Bill for Children
Baptists hold one of the keys to overriding President Bush's veto last week of a bipartisan bill that would provide health insurance to millions of low-income children.
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Faith Leaders Denounce Veto of Children's Insurance Program
Religious leaders expressed disappointment after President Bush on Tuesday carried out his threat to veto legislation to provide health insurance for 10 million American children.
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Southern Baptists Push Immigration Reform
On Sept. 16, Latino church groups demonstrated in front of the Georgia state Capitol against the failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and against the provisions of Georgia's Senate Bill 529.
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