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Out of the Waters: Resisting the Power of Fear

People are on the move—following opportunities or seeking to flee violence or devastating poverty.

Migration is at the core of many of our sacred stories. From Abraham and Sarah who venture out with nothing but a promise to Jesus who begins his life as a refugee hiding from Herod, our sacred stories speak profoundly to our own stories of change—migrations across national or physical boundaries or beyond personal boundaries of belief and experience. How do these sacred scriptures inform the way we speak about immigration and how do the stories of immigrants shape the way we think about our sacred and national stories?

Written by the Rev. Dr.  David Vásquez-Levy, Out of the Waters: Resisting the Power of Fear is a six-session study on the book of Exodus that engages participants in the biblical story as it relates to issues of migration. The leader’s guide allows for thoughtful preparation through reviewing and reflecting on background information for each session. As participants take on the roles of Moses, Miriam, Pharaoh, and others, they will have a chance to bring these characters to life and engage directly with their stories.

Download the study guide at no cost.

Pacific School of Religion is committed to being a thought leader on issues that impact people’s ability to be fully who God has created them to be, from conversations about race, gender/gender identity, economic inequality, and immigration. We are convinced that addressing the complex issues of our day requires that our theological reflection be done in conversation with multiple sectors.  Our work on immigration is an example of this thought leadership, including President Vásquez-Levy’s series of conversations with Attorneys General of various states.  You can engage through these two conversations:

Faith on the Move
Presented by The Lecture Series at UCUCC in collaboration with the Church Council of Greater Seattle
featuring Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguison
Seattle, WA, March 9–11, 2018
Listen to the audio on Soundcloud.

Human Migration: Claiming Roots in an Uprooted World
2018 Collins Lecture presented by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Concordia University
featuring Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
Portland, OR, November 1, 2018
Watch the YouTube video.

Learn more about PSR’s thought leadership on this and other issues at www.psr.edu

Image above: Me Voy by Pedro Chavajay Toc

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