“Debating Immigration Law in the Midst of Exile” The 2018 Sister Mary Schmidt, SC Lecture

Recognizing the pressing needs of refugees at our nation’s borders, the 2018 Sister Mary Schmidt, S.C. lecture at Seton Hill University proposes to re-examine Catholic Social Thought and the biblical narrative in seeking new responses to refugees and immigrants. After reviewing United States immigration law in the light of the biblical narrative and Catholic Social Thought, the lecture argues against deportation and private detention as a state remedy to unauthorized immigration or as a deterrent to asylum applicants. Relying upon the framework of the Seton Hill University Centennial in 2018, the lecture recalls that deportation did not arise as a significant remedy for violations of immigration law until 1918. Through understanding the biblical narrative within its context of exile, the lecture urges people of faith to work towards eliminating deportation and private detention as our mission in the century ahead.

Faith Resisting Authority in the Name of Justice and Love: Immigration Law and the Bible

 

Certain sections of the Bible have historically been used by governments and others in authority to justify policies that result in increased suffering among the poor.  Rev. Craig Mousin cites a verse from the Letter to the Romans that has recently been used by the United States Federal Government with that very result.

He points out that a fuller reading of that letter and of the Bible as a whole clearly shows examples of people of faith who have resisted authority in the name of justice and love.

Ask yourself: when making an important decision and seeking guidance from Scripture, do I verse-shop for a passage that will justify my previously held position, or do I look for that Spirit of Justice and Love, Wisdom and Compassion that hides within its pages?

Bushra Amiwala : Explore Your Purpose

Meet Bushra Amiwala, a DePaul student who combines her academics and faith in her pursuit to make an impact in public policy. Bushra was the first Pakistani woman and youngest candidate to ever get her name on a Cook County ballot. Her dedication to increasing representation in politics has gotten the attention of many national media outlets including TIME magazine, Teen Vogue, Glamour magazine and the New York Times. While Bushra did not win her race, she continues to advocate for youth activism speaking at over forty high schools and colleges to get her message out. DePaul’s Division of Mission and Ministry recognizes Bushra Amiwala for blending her academic goals with a deeper sense of purpose.

The Sisters Sent a Message… Prayer: Part 3

Two remarkable women have taught us the power of perseverance, presence, and prayer. Feeling the pain that detention and deportation inflict not only on those caught within the system, but also upon their families, friends, and communities, Sisters Pat Murphy, RSM, and JoAnn Persch, RSM, have combined a compassionate spirit with a passionate advocacy for immigrant rights as human rights. Through decades of involvement in healing ministries for those experiencing persecution, pastoral care for the detained, prayer vigils for the deported, and providing faithful education to politicians and government officials, they have modeled engaged, faithful living for generations of DePaul University students and other students and seminarians throughout the nation. We celebrate this link between generations strengthened by a common love for the dignity of each person through this three part documentary, “The Sisters Sent a Message…Perseverance, Presence and Prayer.” We invite you to join their call for compassion and care.

If you would like more information or if you would like to volunteer with the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, see: www.icdichicago.org. We also give thanks to the staff and volunteers of the other organizations that helped us to produce this video: DePaul University Office of Mission and Values: https://offices.depaul.edu/mission-an… El Refugio, Lumpkin, Georgia: http://elrefugiostewart.org/; the National Immigrant Justice Center: www.immigrantjustice.org; and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights: http://www.icirr.org/. [ICIRR Is incorrectly identified in the credits under it’s old name Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Protection, we apologize for the error]

The Sisters Sent a Message…Part 2: Presence

Two remarkable women have taught us the power of perseverance, presence, and prayer. Feeling the pain that detention and deportation inflict not only on those caught within the system, but also upon their families, friends, and communities, Sisters Pat Murphy, RSM, and JoAnn Persch, RSM, have combined a compassionate spirit with a passionate advocacy for immigrant rights as human rights. Through decades of involvement in healing ministries for those experiencing persecution, pastoral care for the detained, prayer vigils for the deported, and providing faithful education to politicians and government officials, they have modeled engaged, faithful living for generations of DePaul University students and other students and seminarians throughout the nation. We celebrate this link between generations strengthened by a common love for the dignity of each person through this three part documentary, “The Sisters Sent a Message…Perseverance, Presence and Prayer.” We invite you to join their call for compassion and care.

If you would like more information or if you would like to volunteer with the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, see: www.icdichicago.org. We also give thanks to the staff and volunteers of the other organizations that helped us to produce this video: DePaul University Office of Mission and Values: https://offices.depaul.edu/mission-an… El Refugio, Lumpkin, Georgia: http://elrefugiostewart.org/; the National Immigrant Justice Center: www.immigrantjustice.org; and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights: http://www.icirr.org/.

The Sisters Sent a Message…Part 1: Perseverance

Two remarkable women have taught us the power of perseverance, presence, and prayer. Feeling the pain that detention and deportation inflict not only on those caught within the system, but also upon their families, friends, and communities, Sisters Pat Murphy, RSM, and JoAnn Persch, RSM, have combined a compassionate spirit with a passionate advocacy for immigrant rights as human rights. Through decades of involvement in healing ministries for those experiencing persecution, pastoral care for the detained, prayer vigils for the deported, and providing faithful education to politicians and government officials, they have modeled engaged, faithful living for generations of DePaul University students and other students and seminarians throughout the nation. We celebrate this link between generations strengthened by a common love for the dignity of each person through this three part documentary, “The Sisters Sent a Message…Perseverance, Presence and Prayer.” We invite you to join their call for compassion and care.

If you would like more information or if you would like to volunteer with the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, see: www.icdichicago.org. We also give thanks to the staff and volunteers of the other organizations that helped us to produce this video: DePaul University Office of Mission and Values: https://offices.depaul.edu/mission-an… El Refugio, Lumpkin, Georgia: http://elrefugiostewart.org/; the National Immigrant Justice Center: www.immigrantjustice.org; and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights: http://www.icirr.org/.

The Modern Exodus: Walking with Refugees and Migrants in a Time of Crisis

In this Visiting Artist Series the School of Cinematic Arts partners with the Office of Mission and Values to explore the pressing challenges of forced migration. After watching segments from Frontline’s EXODUS that explores the first person accounts of the treacherous journeys that refugees from Syria endure, Kim Lamberty from Catholic Relief Services and Rev. Craig Mousin from DePaul University will share their experience and expertise working directly with people who have largely been forgotten.

To view Exodus follow this link: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/fil…

!t is More than Just the Dreamers

 

In “It is More Than Just the Dreamers,” Rev. Craig Mousin, J.D., discusses the disruptive impacts that changes to the enforcement priority policies established by the Obama Administration are having in communities across the board.  Our country was founded on the promise of Equality that is a necessary component of democracy. That promise is compromised by the fractures created in our communities by the fears created among immigrant populations, whether citizen or unauthorized, that ultimately impact public health, safety, and economics.  The impact, then, is felt in more than the immigrant population.  It is evidenced in work communities, academic communities, worshiping communities, and neighborhoods. The broken immigration system in the United States leaves courts unable to provide legal redress in a timely manner and the chaos that ensues leaves a trail of broken families and broken dreams. What must be done?