Ashley Makar works with refugees in Connecticut. She does community outreach for IRIS--Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, in New Haven. She has an e-book of essays, You Were Strangers: Dispatches from Exile. Ashley has published essays in Tablet, The Birmingham News, The Struggle Continues (the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute weblog), Religion Dispatches, and The New Haven Register.
Recent Posts by Ashley
I keep turning to trees these dead-of-February, unending pandemic days.
I love walking around with a sign of dying on my face.
Grieving is a lit cave.
Dust to dust, the stuff of us, before and after life.
With the recent “What is Aleppo?” gaffe by Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, the news cycle has long moved on from the child whose image quickly became an icon of that city’s daily disaster. I first saw Omran Daqneesh on the front page of the New York Times, sitting bolt upright in an ambulance. I…
Waging peace on terror, with refugees.
A sermon preached at Trinity on the Green, August 23, 2015
Death is a kind of light.
A change of heart on the subject of bodily resurrection.
A conversation with Ashley Makar and John Green, on the occasion of her new book, You Were Strangers.
I was ambivalent about wearing the word survivor on my sleeve, until I put on my biking jersey for Smilow Cancer Hospital’s “Closer to Free” ride. I’m a stage-IV cancer patient, currently in treatment at Smilow—not the kind of survivor who’s cancer-free. I didn’t want to wear the label that tends to be on the…
You forget and then remember: you’re dying.
I found myself at the foot of an olive tree, my body folding into a crouch.
It’s not until I look at the blank space where his face would be that I see how white he was.
I’m still one of those strangers praying for others.