RefugeeNet: A Vital Resource

RefugeeNet began in 1995 at St. Luke’s, North Park to provide supportive services to refugees during their adjustment to life in the U.S. We have grown from a small committee of five people to a nonprofit corporation with a board of directors and an annual budget of $188,000 funded by donations and small grants. In … READ MORE…

Natural Human Migration

Human beings and our ancestors have been migrating for millions of years, since long before we became Homo sapiens. Everyone reading this has ancestors who migrated out of Africa. The Americas were populated in repeated waves of migrants who came first from northeast Asia, either across the Bering land bridge or by small boat down … READ MORE…

At the March to Keep Families Together

Cathedral folk attended the March to Keep Families Together on June 23.  Here are some photos from the march. You can see more photographs of our Cathedral Contingent at https://www.flickr.com/photos/stpaulscathedral/albums/72157698337421745 Our church photographer Susan Forsburg also has an album here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/slfphotographer/albums/72157697836121704

The Sunday Sermon: on the border

When I was in seminary about 10 years ago, one of the things we were required to do to prepare us for life in ordained ministry was to go on a mission trip to the Mexico side of the Texas border. The goal of that trip wasn’t to proselytize, or build anything, or to evangelize. … READ MORE…

Via Crucis Border Pilgrimage

Members of the Los Angeles and San Diego Dioceses participated in a pilgrimage to the border on Saturday, March 19, where a joint Eucharist was held with our Bishop James Mathes joining Bishop  Lino Rodriguez-Amaro of the Diocese of Western Mexico on the Mexican side, and Bishop Mary Glasspool of the Diocese of Los Angeles … READ MORE…

From ‘Strangers’ to Friends

On September 12th, a group gathered for a screening of the documentary The Stranger: Immigrants, Scripture, and the American Dream. The film especially targets evangelical audiences that might be among the most likely to oppose immigration reform on political grounds, asking them instead to consider the issue as Christians. Although its evangelical language did not … READ MORE…

Making a difference in the child migrant crisis : addressing the causes

The Rev. Colin Mathewson shares this information from the Foundation Cristosal, a  faith-based human rights and community development organization with Anglican roots that works in El Salvador, on ways they are working to help the root causes of the crisis.  1. One-on-One Advising for Victims Families targeted by gangs and organized crime in El Salvador have … READ MORE…

What You Should Know About Central American Refugees Coming to San Diego

The Rev Colin Mathewson shares this information from the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium. Central American refugees, many of whom are children, are coming to the United States seeking humanitarian assistance because of the dangers they face in their home countries All of the Central American refugees coming are presenting themselves to agents either at the … READ MORE…

Update on the child migrant crisis: how you can help

The Rev Colin Mathewson shares this information from the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium. The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium website will serve as a clearinghouse for information about Central American refugees and how the community can assist them. Starting on Monday, the SDIRC site will provide a complete list of the items needed and … READ MORE…

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