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August has been a month of reconnections, recollections and celebration. Throughout our lives, we have been truly blessed to have an extensive circle of family, neighbors and friends who have lifted one another up in times of loss and hardships.
As a teacher, I am frequently called upon to explain complicated issues. Recently, one of those issues was chain migration. What is it, and why is its connotation negative? Allow me to teach a lesson on this current issue.
Imagine waking up in the middle of a desert in the country you called home.
Hood River’s Mid-Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has become the third Gorge church to declare itself immigrant-welcoming, following similar declarations made by Hood River’s Riverside UCC Community Church and White Salmon’s Bethel Congregational UCC Church.
Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ in White Salmon voted at its Jan. 28 annual meeting to declare itself an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation.
In a recent National Geographic article about good and evil (January 2018), the steps leading up to genocide are discussed. How do these horrors happen? The Armenians in Turkey, Jews in Nazi Germany, Cambodians slaughtering Cambodians in the killing fields, Rwanda tribal massacres, and ISIS atrocities world-wide, to name a few, in which hundreds of thousands or millions of people have been systematically exterminated.