Episode 3: Neighbors or Strangers

The Importance of Sanctuary

The Biblical themes of “sanctuary” and “refuge” are prominent throughout the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. Churches throughout history have been a place of safety and refuge for all whom enter their doors. In Episode 3 of You Welcomed Me, host Rev. Daryl Lobban discusses the important Biblical idea of sanctuary with panelists. These Christian leaders and experts in the field of immigration talk about the “sanctuary movement” – what sanctuary is, what it does, and how churches can help refugees and asylum seekers with shelter and physical /spiritual care as they navigate the complicated and difficult immigration system.

Hosted by Rev. Daryl Lobban
The Rev. Daryl Paul Lobban serves as Director of Strategic Partnerships for the One America Movement and is a TDBI Senior Fellow.  Previously, Rev. Lobban served as Director of Communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington in the District of Columbia. Ordained in the Holiness-Pentecostal tradition, Rev. Lobban is an ecumenist, serving on the ministerial staff of Pentecostal, UCC, RCA, AME, and Baptist churches. He has preached at denominational conventions, led numerous international mission trips, and lectured at colleges. Rev. Lobban graduated with an M.Div. in Ethics from Boston University School of Theology and has a B.A. from Nyack College, with a concentration in Biblical Research.

FEATURING

Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe
The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe is the General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church. She has served as the social justice agency’s top executive since 2014 after 22 years at Emory University. For 16 years, Henry-Crowe served as a member of the United Methodist Judicial Council, the denomination’s “Supreme Court.” She is the first woman elected president of the Judicial Council. Recipient of a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory, she also holds Doctor of Divinity degrees from Wofford College and LaGrange College. She has served on the boards of trust for Claflin University, Columbia College, and Santiago College. In 2000 Henry-Crowe was named Chaplain of the Year by the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry.

Rev. Jim Wallis
Rev. Jim Wallis is a globally respected writer, teacher, preacher, and justice advocate who believes the gospel of Jesus must be transformed from its cultural and political captivities. He is a New York Times bestselling author, widely recognized public theologian, renowned speaker, and regular international commentator on ethics and public life. He is the founder of Sojourners and is the author of 12 books, including American’s Original SinGod’s PoliticsThe Great Awakening, and The Call to Conversion. He served on President Obama’s White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and has taught faith and public life courses at Harvard and Georgetown University.

Ms. Michelle Warren, MPA
Michelle Warren is the Advocacy and Strategic Engagement Director for the Christian Community Development Association, based in Chicago, IL. She has been working in Christian community development for 24 years , utilizing her skills as an educator, non-profit manager, and public policy specialist.  Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cedarville University and later earned her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. She is an immigration, education, and human service policy specialist and the author of The Power Proximity: Moving Beyond Awareness to Action. Michelle is also a consultant for the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan, DC-based immigration advocacy organization.

 

RESOURCES

Christian Community Development Association

 

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

 

 

Night by Elie Wiesel

 

 

 


Sojourners

 

 

Welcoming the Migrant – United Methodist Church Teaching Framework

 

 

Welcoming the Stranger by Matthew Soerens Jenny Yang