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Utica: City of Refuge for the New Millennium

By Jason Koon / photos courtesy of The Center, Utica

It may not be evident on the surface, but a walk down Bleecker Street in the small city of Utica in upstate New York is a vastly different experience than it was 20 years ago.

Journeying with “Minari”: a reflection on the film

By Kathy KyoungAh Khang

Minari is the story of a Korean-American family’s journey of belonging and flourishing as they start a new life on a farm in Arkansas. An American film written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung, it stars Steven Yeun of Walking Dead fame, Han Ye-ri, and Youn Yuh-jung.

The Immigrants’ Creed

Excerpt from The Book of Common Worship, 2018 Edition
I believe in Almighty God,
who guided the people in exile and in exodus,
the God of Joseph in Egypt and Daniel in Babylon,
the God of foreigners and immigrants.

Still Hiding

By Christie Purifoy


When President Trump announced the end of DACA, another battleground in his ongoing fight against immigrants and immigration, I observed my blonde, blue-eyed, non-Spanish-speaking child with alarm. His biological link to Mexico is well hidden, but will actions such as Trump’s make it easy for him to learn to hate a part of himself?

The Immigration Debate: Can the Bible Help?

By M. Daniel Carroll Rodas

The issues surrounding the immigration debate are complex and ongoing. The United States was founded by immigrants, and many can point to ancestors from Europe, Asia, or Africa who reached these shores in the last 250 years.

We Won’t Let You Go Home, but You Can’t Stay Here

By Jon Carlson

It started the way these things often do—a routine announcement from the pilot that they had a warning light in the cockpit. We couldn’t take off yet. So we sat on the tarmac in Quito, surrounded by the Andes mountains, and we waited.

On Border Fences and the Fabric of Our Nation

By Leslie Harrison

I have always been a proponent for the rights of immigrants, based on the image I have of America according to the picture painted by our history. I am disappointed and ashamed that some Americans have such a short memory and refuse to look at the pages of history, which brings to life the importance of immigration.

Wij Zijn Hier/We Are Here

By Katelyn Durst

We are here
and you’d like to forget it,
have us more hidden
then our black faces
and tired, old eyes.

Isn’t it enough to leave
my own country as a teenager?

The Mothers at the Border Are Named Jocheved

By Hannah Shanks


Like many, I’ve been deeply grieved by the policy of family separation at the border. For weeks I’ve cast about looking for a handhold, for an idea of what to do, for who I am to be during a desperate time like this.

Three to Flee: What Would You Take?

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto


The bangles are gold, a deeply yellow gold. My preference would be for something a bit more subtle, less yellow…but these gold bangles are so yellow because they are pure, 24-karat gold.

What They Left Behind: Yasmin’s Story

By Josina Guess

A two-part interview with two sisters who recently immigrated to the United States

“I want my daughter to be somebody, to surpass me, to have a better future and a better life than mine.”

Yasmin* sits up from the couch and rubs her belly.

What They Left Behind: Elena’s Story

By Josina Guess

A two-part interview with two sisters who recently immigrated to the United States

“When your back is up against the wall, you do what you have to do to survive.”

Elena* said this to me, in Spanish, after I spent over an hour listening to her and her younger sister, Yasmin*, share their immigration stories.

Standing With Asylum Seekers

By Andre Henry

What Every American Needs to Know and Can Do to Respond to the U.S. Border Situation

Thousands of people seeking asylum are continuing to camp just below the southern U.S.