This “Perspectives on the Border” webinar series on immigration is a partnership project with Rev. Dr. Jay Alanis, the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS), and the following ELCA synods: Gulf Coast, Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana, Sierra Pacific, and Southwestern Texas.
There are two sessions, and we are offering both for only $50!
Session 1: Theological Perspectives on Immigration from the U.S. Mexico Borderlands (May 13, 3pm Central)
The recent refugee and migrant crisis along the U.S. – Mexico border provides a window into the complex social, political, and cultural worldview of two neighbor nations, a location and human condition that calls for a theological response to how we treat ‘the other.’ The current pandemic has exacerbated the human response to migration. The webinar will offer theological perspectives on immigration as a border-crossing response of faith.
Session 2: Living in Third Spaces: Where the church meets asylum seekers (May 14, 3pm Central)
This webinar will explore liminal space as a third space of faithful living and offer theological perspectives on liminality as sacramental, eucharistic space where the church encounters the migrant other.
The sessions will run about an hour in length.
For additional context, we recommend you read this lecture by Rev. Dr. Jay Alanis: “Borderland Ethics Sin Fronteras: Borderland Ethics Without Borders, Neighbor-Love in Liminal Spaces”