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Six Resources for Better Understanding Global Refugee Problem

Six Resources for Better Understanding Global Refugee Problem

On the eve of our event The Refugee in which Medine Keener and Jacob Guot will be joining us for a conversation and talkback on the global refugee problem, we wanted to highlight some resources that we recommend for better understanding what is going on internationally and nationally (in the case of the United States) as it relates to the refugee problem.  1) UNHCR: The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR (or USA for The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) is a non-profit organization formed in 1950  that envisions a world without refugees. This takes on a lot of meaning...

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Coffee School 101: A Tale of Two Coffees

When somebody comes into the Drinklings coffee shop and orders a cup of coffee, there’s usually a general exchange that takes place: Me: “How can I help you?” Customer: “I’d like a coffee please.” Me: “Sure! What kind?” Customer: *Blank stare* This is not everybody but, yes, it happens...A LOT! And unfortunately, most people think by kind we mean light, medium, or dark.  Now that I’ve given you that impression that I’m that coffee snob that you hate, let me try and win you back around. I’m really not that snobbery. :) But just like a good pipe tobacco, a...

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Immigration and a Window on the World

Immigration and a Window on the World

Forget the concept of “fake news” for a moment. Our country and our world has a problem with false perception. It is true that media and headlines often create narratives which feed into the way that we perceive the world around us, but it is equally true that our perceptions feed into the way the media works. A Basic Marketing 101 lesson is this: you can’t market what people won’t buy. It would be an understatement to say that immigration is a hot topic right now. For many, it single-handedly drove their votes in both the 2016 and 2018 election,...

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Diversity is NOT the opposite of Unity

Diversity is NOT the opposite of Unity

so in doing this assignment, my mind kept going back to Acts 15 and the Gospel's insistence that in the Kingdom there should be "neither Jew nor Greek" (Gal 3.28). I thought it ironic that at a university in which we are identified as "Christian Social Workers" that identity was being taught around descriptions: "I am first, and THEN I am neither Jew nor Gentile, etc

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5 Ways Drink Coffee Through The Summer

5 Ways Drink Coffee Through The Summer

What Are Some Ways To Drink Coffee When It's Ridiculously, Crazy Hot? If anyone hasn't noticed, it's getting hot outside. At least where we are, it's not just "hot..." It's hot, humid, nasty--that kind of hot where you feel like you're swimming outside and your grass grows two inches a day because it has officially ceased to be grass and has become seaweed. Many of us find ourselves consuming more water (as we should), staying indoors (as we shouldn't); eating a lot of ice cream (which we should); and cutting out hot things like coffee (which we shouldn't).  We thought...

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