Waking up to White Responsibility

In the first half of the sermon, I shared the epic lives of three refugee families and asked all in attendance (and those reading) to consider the rewards and importance of establishing close relationships—friendships—with New American families. But I would like to say a little more about how I’ve been changed by my relationships over […]

Up Close and Personal with Refugee Resettlement.

A “sermon” delivered by Kevin Brooks to the Fargo-Moorhead Unitarian Universalist Congregation on June 12, 2016.  [Part 1] I am a professor of English, and in my professional work I have discovered that there is a field called “refugee studies.” This field is dominated by sociologists, anthropologists, social psychologists, and economists.  There is also the […]

Engage families for anywhere, anytime learning

Engage families for anywhere, anytime learning.via Engage families for anywhere, anytime learning. Wow, if I ever need to remind myself why I ran after school computer enrichment programs, advocated for a smarter computing culture in our city, and am currently running an in-home tutoring program, supplemental classes, and being a “teacher without borders,” I just […]

The Most Urgent Story of Our Times

Khaled Hosseini, the Afghan-American author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, And The Mountains Echoed, is a fabulous story-teller.  He knows the refugee experience intimately and calls it “The Most Urgent Story of Our Times.”  http://stories.unhcr.org/supporters/khaled-hosseini June 20th is World Refugee Day, the annual time for trying to tell and share that story, […]

The Paradise that Wasn’t: Refugee youth in America

Allison Myers response to my last post reminded me to share Evodie Ngoy’s short documentary film,  “The Paradise that Wasn’t.”  Evodie talked to refugee youth in Baltimore about their experiences of resettling. They told a lot of stories about not fitting in, struggling in school, struggling to make friends, but they also shared their love […]