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The Refugee Jesus

The following sermon was preached at Rutgers Presbyterian Church on November, 22, 2015, Christ the King Sunday. Author Rev. Mark Koenig writes,

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Who is my neighbor? Accompaniment in Agua Prieta

The first time that I crossed the US/Mexico border from Douglas, Arizona, into Agua Prieta, Sonora, I remember a welcome sign on the side of the highway: Bienvenidos a Mexico. The border wall, a slotted metal cage that stretches miles

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The Sound of Sanctuary

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You can watch a good movie five times and see a different movie each time.  The Sound of Music is one of my favorites for review.  I just showed it to my 9-year-old, 7-year-old and 4-year-old grandchildren who were each watching it for the first time.  They attend Luria Academy,

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Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor!

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A Pastoral Response to the Migrant Caravan I’ve been watching reports of the migrant caravan from Central America, awestruck by the grit and determination of those refugees. What is it like to leave your home and walk for weeks to a place you’ve never seen, not knowing if you will

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Poetry | Pittsburgh Reflections

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Dedicated to the Memory of the Pittsburgh 11. I am a Jew. I know some want to take my life For being a Jew. I learned about Anne Frank When I was just five years old. I’ve imagined living in the concentration camps. I’ve imagined dying in the gas chambers.

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When Immigrants Give Thanks

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Seeking Honesty at Thanksgiving For many Americans, the word “Thanksgiving” brings warm feelings of family, of food, and of altogether unqualified enjoyment. It is a time when it seems we can put the worries of the world on the shelf, simply celebrating life, love, and community. Growing up, we are

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Sanctuary, for the Word and for the People

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You’ve surely heard of sanctuary congregations, restaurants, universities and cities.  You probably have listened to their political opponents snark and snarl when they say the word “sanctuary”.  But it is a religious word that they are politicizing.  I write to create a safe space for that word. Religious institutions often

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