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New York cathedral’s art exhibit is a meditation on ‘sanctuary’

Eric Gottesman, “Where Do We Go From Here?,” 2018. Photo/Courtesy of St. John the Divine Cathedral

By Episcopal Journal

An art exhibit at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York examines ideas of welcome and refuge.

On billboards facing the street, artists Eric Gottesman, Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratelo, and Paola Mendoza and Kisha Bari comment upon concepts of borders, immigration, family separation and the vulnerability of youth.

The works were exhibited in “The Value of Sanctuary,” an indoor and outdoor event that was open from Feb. 14 to June 30, 2019. The outdoor billboards, however, are still on view and will be indefinitely.

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Jesus, Paul and the border debate — why cherry-picking Bible passages misses the immigrant experience in ancient Rome

Eugène Delacroix painted “Ovid among the Scythians.” Exile was a common Roman punishment, as the poet Ovid found out. Photo/Metropolitan Museum of Art/Wikimedia

By Rodolfo Galvan Estrada III
The Conversation

Immigration reform is back on the agenda, with Congress taking up major legislation that could usher in a pathway to citizenship for millions of people living in the U.S. without legal status.

This, and an increase in migrants crossing the southern border to the U.S., has seen many people retreat to two common positions on the issue. Advocates for reform generally emphasize the history of America as a nation of immigrants. Meanwhile, opponents draw to the identity of America as a nation based on the rule of law, with a sovereign right to protect its borders.

Given the role that Christianity plays in many Americans’ lives and in politics in general, it shouldn’t be surprising that people from the religious right and left draw from the Bible to support their immigration perspectives.

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