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, […]