Refugees in the Blogosphere

Just as there are great bloggers on every subject from cooking to computer repair, there are some very talented writers sharing their thoughts about refugees. We wanted to share a couple favorites with you and give you a taste of what you’ll see if you explore their blogs. The first two feature strong Minnesota connections!

DL Mayfield:

Mayfield is a well-known Christian author who writes and blogs about a variety of topics. Living and volunteering with refugees has deeply formed her sense of the world and Mayfield was deeply involved with refugee communities in the Twin Cities for a number of years. Perusing her blog or following her on Facebook, you are sure to find honest writings that will challenge the way you think about refugees.

In January of this year, she shared 10 ways that you can practically help to welcome refugees. It’s an incredible article with lots of great ideas. Here’s a brief excerpt, but you’ll need to click to the full post to see her suggestions for engagement.

“Perhaps refugees and immigrants are not your literal neighbors. But perhaps your heart leaps when you think of Jesus, the refugee king, and his words of life and blessing for the sick and the sad and the oppressed. Perhaps you take the Bible seriously as a book that asks Christians to fling themselves into places of sacrificial and transformational love that transcends nationalism in beautiful and devastating ways.

Perhaps you want to know how to best welcome refugees, even as our nation’s doors close to them. Here are a few ideas that I have…”

Stina Kielsmeier-Cook:

Kielsmeier-Cook is a local writer who has worked with several refugee-serving organizations in the Minneapolis area. She writes on a variety of topics, including refugees. She shares about her experience interviewing refugees overseas and also her own reflections on how her Christian faith shapes her understanding of hospitality and today’s refugee crisis.

Her recent article for Sojourners is a must-read discussion of what the hope of resettlement means for refugees living in camps. She also addresses the recent executive orders attempting to block resettlement and the impact they’ve had on refugees overseas. It begins like this: “Every week in the refugee camp, people walk to the bulletin boards to check for their names. Crowds gather around after new pages are posted, enshrined in a cage of blue metal. Everyone is jostling, hoping that someone close enough to the board will see their name and then, sliding a finger down the line, a corresponding interview time and date.”

The United Nations Blog:

Did you know that the UNHCR has its own blog? This informative and up-to-date blog shares updates about refugee situations worldwide and is a great resource. It allows you to easily filter articles based on regions of the world and thematic topics:

If there are other writers you enjoy who address refugee-related topics, we’d love to hear about them as well!

 

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