In our Christian faith, we find refuge from our wilderness in the hospitality of God’s grace. The story of scripture is also the story of refugee faith: Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the Israelites, Ruth and Naomi, David, and – particularly – Jesus all encountered their own displacement, and ultimately understood God more clearly and poignantly through such times. What can we learn when we recognize God as the one who provides the refuge we followers seek?
The international refugee crisis and the unfolding national debate over for whom and how we provide sanctuary provides the backdrop for Dr. Melissa Snarr’s weekend series about how biblical stories of refugees teach us about the nature and purposes of God. God may serve as our place of refuge, but how might God’s people respond to today’s complicated calls upon our hospitality? Drawing on her research on interfaith activism for immigrants and refugees, Dr. Snarr offers theologically rich and strategically insightful suggestions for what it means to recognize ours as a “refugee faith” and live our common call accordingly.