What to Read Now
Given our national conversations on immigration, race and religion, here are a few selections from our library that might help you or your children gain additional insight.
Kids might enjoy Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen or The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles. The first explores emigration for religious freedom through a Thanksgiving story. The second is the true story of a six-year old African American girl who integrated her elementary school in New Orleans in 1960.
For novels that can bring issues imaginatively to life for adults, consider Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline or Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Powerful memoirs include The Color of Water by James McBride and Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour. Fiction and non-fiction alike, these address what it is to live in America as an “outsider” — by nationality, race, religion, or immigrant status.
Finally, look to They Are Us: Lutherans and Immigration by Stephen Paul Bouman for thoughts on how our faith calls us to engage with immigration.
Thank You for the Donations — Pat Hacik and Ginny Winderman.