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For Christ Was Born in a Refugee Camp

An icon must be thought of as a divine portal in its own right, charged with the transcendent. That makes it all the more powerful when an icon explicitly condemns a contemporary injustice.

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Family Lines

Chasing ghosts in Greece.

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Aleppo Is Us

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…

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Holding Light

Waging peace on terror, with refugees.

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Praying with Refugees

A sermon preached at Trinity on the Green, August 23, 2015

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Religious Baggage

An excerpt from Ashley’s new e-book You Were Strangers: Dispatches from Exile

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Leaves of Ash

You forget and then remember: you’re dying.

At the edge of the West Bank village of Faqqua, an Israeli soldier watches from the other side of the Green Line. Photo by Bryan MacCormack of Left in Focus.

The Hourglass

What I learned about empire in the West Bank.

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Syrian Refugees in Jordan

When I first traveled to Jordan in 2007 for ten days as part of a contingency of religion writers, I  became aware of how Jordan became a place of welcome for refugees. Over 45 percent of Jordan’s population of 6,508,887 consists of people who have immigrated from another country. During the Iraq War, they extended their hospitality…