Neighbor

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Using a blend of travel narrative, interviews, theological insight, and biblical scholarship, Daniel tackles the controversial issues that surround undocumented migration in the United States by taking the reader to the spiritual, legal, and geographical front lines of the immigration debate. Here, the political becomes personal and talking points have a human face. The result of this journey is a compelling argument that encourages Christians to meet undocumented migrants as neighbors and as friends. Study ...

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Neighbor: Christian Encounters with ''Illegal'' Immigration

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Overview

Using a blend of travel narrative, interviews, theological insight, and biblical scholarship, Daniel tackles the controversial issues that surround undocumented migration in the United States by taking the reader to the spiritual, legal, and geographical front lines of the immigration debate. Here, the political becomes personal and talking points have a human face. The result of this journey is a compelling argument that encourages Christians to meet undocumented migrants as neighbors and as friends. Study questions are included.

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Editorial Reviews

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This is not the book for those seeking a dispassionate political analysis of the U.S. immigration system. A Presbyterian minister in San Jose, Calif., Daniel offers an unequivocal pastoral welcome to all immigrants, legal and illegal, rather than nuanced policy solution to the crisis. Mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic church members open to working with immigrants but seeking a more in-depth biblical and theological rationale for their outreach efforts will appreciate this slim volume. A clear writer with a flair for journalism, Daniel goes beyond the spiritual arguments calling Christians to welcome the stranger, and takes to the road--interviewing a California Democratic congresswoman and a U.S. district judge from New Mexico along the way. A fluent Spanish speaker who has been on the front lines of the immigration issue since he was a teen, Daniel is fully invested in helping Hispanics find a future of life, liberty, and happiness on both sides of the border. With the passage of a tough, anti-immigrant law in Arizona, this volume may strike a resonant note among people previously unmotivated to protest the issue. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664236519
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Ben Daniel is a Presbyterian minister in northern California. He has served on the board of Presbyterian Border Ministries and is a regular contributor to UPI's online religion and spirituality forum, as well as KQED FM, the largest NPR affiliate in the U.S. He is a graduate of Westmont College and Princeton Theological Seminary.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Frank Schaeffer ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Immigration Reconsidered xvii

Part 1 In the Spirit of Toribio Romo 1

1 Father Toribio's Ghost 3

2 Immigration as a Biblical Journey 13

3 Immigration in Church History 25

4 On Rendering to Caesar and God 41

Reflection and Action 55

Part 2 Immigration's Political Journey 59

5 Zoe Lofgren and the Politics of Immigration Reform 61

6 The Busiest (and Kindest) Federal Judge in America 73

Reflection and Action 82

Part 3 Father Toribio Rides Again 85

7 Frontera de Cristo 87

8 Water in the Desert 107

9 Liliana and the New Sanctuary Movement 119

10 Good Escuelas en la 'Hood: Immigrants and School 133

Reflection and Action 144

Conclusion: Mi Beautiful Barrio 147

Study Questions 151

Notes 155

Index 161

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