Central Baptist Church's affiliation with the Philadelphia New Sanctuary Movement is a renewal of CBC's prophetic engagement in the original Sanctuary Movement, declared in a congregational vote in 1984. This reaffirmation today of our historic commitment is grounded in our congregation's vision of “justice rooted in spirituality” and “making a difference in community.”-Congregational Meeting April 25th, 2010.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Share your ideas for books on immigration topics

Betsy has suggested a couple of books for the Immigration Justice education group to consider for use in another immigration class for the congregation --

 Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion, and Truth in the Immigration Debate (Sorens and Hwang) 

Listen to the Children / Escuchemos a los ninos (Conde-Frazer ), in both English and Spanish, that outlines issues faced by immigrant families in a non-proselytizing biblical framework.

If you have found a good book to suggest, let us know!

1 comment:

  1. Rather than suggest a new book, I'd like to comment further on the two I suggested above. Having just finished re-reading "Welcoming the Stranger," I am reinforced in my belief that this book is a very fine resource to introduce readers to the importance of immigration justice or to remind those already working in the field of why they joined up in the first place. These are the things that make this tidy and readable book such a positive asset:
    --It is biblically and faith based without being either proselytizing or accusatory.
    --It is historically based, reminding readers of what the immigration landscape in North America has been. [You will be in for some surprises here!]
    --It is sufficiently current (2009) to be able to explain what recent attempts (and failures) to achieve comprehensive immigration reform are all about.
    --It is story as well as fact based, reminding readers that those seeking justice are real persons, surprisingly like themselves.
    --It provides interesting discussion questions for each chapter, allowing the book to be used in a variety of educational venues.
    --It provides lists of numerous ministries and non-profits working in the area, as well as books/websites/films for further research.

    “Listen to the Children” takes readers directly into the heart of dilemmas facing immigrant families, reproducing difficult conversations and scenarios. Written in Spanish as well as English, it offers aid both to families in the throes of hard immigration decisions and to persons attempting to partner with these families. An interesting sidebar is the continual reference to “other documented” rather than “undocumented” persons, reminding us that while they may not have North American documents, immigrants are hardly anonymous.