Reflections | January 18, 2024

Welcoming refugees

Adults and children sitting on a bench
Family at CWS fall 2022 outing. Photo by Sherri Kimmel.

“Radical hospitality and care for foreigners are loud, frequent commands throughout scripture.”

“Like many congregations, Union Center Church of the Brethren emerged from the pandemic a little puzzled about what would come next. However, deacon co-chair Rodney Bontrager encouraged study of the book The Post-Quarantine Church by Thom S. Rainer. As a result of this study, it was decided to begin a new focus on prayer life and sponsoring refugees.”

“To welcome others was a way to honor those who welcomed our ancestors and a way to honor God, who welcomes all.”

Read accounts about welcoming refugees from Union Center, Mechanicsburg, and Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren.

Listen to a playlist of music by and about refugees and former refugees.