Renew Crew Blog Archives

Showing blog posts from January, 2017

Jan 30, 2017 by Carol Bremer-Bennett

Our Call to Stand With Refugees

I am not an immigrant. There are relatively few of us who can say this, but I am one of the Native Americans that can make that claim. I remember the waves of immigrants who have washed over this country, not all honoring the people already living here. Nor have all of us treated them well in return. For this, I repent.

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Jan 5, 2017 by Ruairidh Waddell

The Power of Partnership

For the past month my family and I have been on our connections tour in the United States and Canada, visiting supporting churches, foundations, institutions, and of course many friends.

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Jan 5, 2017 by Steve Sywulka

Hopeful Transitions

“The loud sounds of fighting started just after the kids had gotten to school on Monday,” explained the woman in the refugee camp in western Africa. “Bullets were flying everywhere. So we all fled, each a separate way. We had to spend that night in the bush, fearing for our lives. On Tuesday some of us met up at the river. My husband drowned trying to get across. Now I’m left to care for my four children and my mother alone.” What an extraordinarily difficult transition!

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Jan 3, 2017 by Rebecca Warren

Doing Justice in Ottawa

When I became a Canadian, one of the most moving parts of the ceremony was when our group of would-be citizens from around the world stood as one and recited the oath together. The staff from Citizenship and Immigration Canada emphasized that it was very important for us to say the words out loud rather than silently mouthing the words—so important so that they actually walked around to check that we were making sound as we spoke.

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