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01Feb 19

Reflections from BWAP San Antonio

In January 2019 thirteen folks from Pres House traveled to San Antonio, Texas for a week-long Break With A Purpose. They met migrants seeking asylum and learned about immigration at the southern border. Seven participants shared reflections in worship on Sunday 1/27 and on this blog. You can read all their reflections via the links below or listen to them on our Listen to Sunday Sermon page under BWAP Team 2019. For more information about how to help or get involved in Madison click here.  The Victims of Migration by Clare Aeschbacher Who are the people who make the journey across the border? We met hundreds of them and this is what we learned. The Journey by Steven Martell What do migrants face on the journey to the United States? Overwhelming odds. La Casa by Emily Johnson What can be done to provide refuge for migrants when they arrive? One…

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01Feb 19

See Something, Do Something – Reflection from BWAP San Antonio

In January 2019 thirteen folks from Pres House traveled to San Antonio, Texas for a week-long Break With A Purpose. They met migrants seeking asylum and learned about immigration at the southern border. Seven participants shared reflections in worship on Sunday 1/27 and on this blog. You can link to all their reflections via this post. Samuel's reflection is here below. You can also listen to this same reflection here.  See Something. Do Something. By Samuel Acuna Hello everyone. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Samuel Acuña. I’m am a graduate student here at UW–Madison, and in a few months I will be (finally) finishing my PhD in Mechanical Engineering. I’ve been coming to Pres House for nearly six(!) years now, but this the first time I took the opportunity to do the Break With A Purpose trip. It was a powerful and transformational experience, and…

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01Feb 19

A World of Difference – Reflection from BWAP San Antonio

In January 2019 thirteen folks from Pres House traveled to San Antonio, Texas for a week-long Break With A Purpose. They met migrants seeking asylum and learned about immigration at the southern border. Seven participants shared reflections in worship on Sunday 1/27 and on this blog. You can link to all their reflections via this post. Becca's reflection is here below. You can also listen to this same reflection here.  A World of Difference By Becca Bedell On our first full day working with immigrant families, our team split up.  Some went to La Casa, the shelter home. The rest of us split between the Greyhound bus station and San Antonio Airport, where ICE detention center buses were unloading.  We were to meet with volunteers from the Interfaith Welcome Coalition, helping refugee families find their transportation. These were the relatively lucky ones, with family members or sponsors in the US who…

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01Feb 19

Seeking Refuge – Reflections from BWAP San Antonio

In January 2019 thirteen folks from Pres House traveled to San Antonio, Texas for a week-long Break With A Purpose. They met migrants seeking asylum and learned about immigration at the southern border. Seven participants shared reflections in worship on Sunday 1/27 and on this blog. You can link to all their reflections via this post. Two of their reflections are below. You can also listen to these same reflections here.  La Casa By Emily Johnson While making their journey to the United States, migrants forgo a number of things in the name of relocation. They forfeit familiar surroundings, direct contact with family and friends, reliable access to food and water, and—what may be their most obvious loss—their home.  Not only is the physical security of a home lost, but so too is the emotional comfort that is often found inside. Fortunately, this painful loss caught the attention of a man…

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01Feb 19

Leaving Home – Reflections from BWAP San Antonio

In January 2019 thirteen folks from Pres House traveled to San Antonio, Texas for a week-long Break With A Purpose. They met migrants seeking asylum and learned about immigration at the southern border. Seven participants shared reflections in worship on Sunday 1/27 and on this blog. You can link to all their reflections via this post. Two of their reflections are below. You can also listen to these same reflections here.  The Victims of Migration By Clare Aeschbacher Drug dealers, rapists, illegal aliens, criminals. These are just a few of the words the president uses to describe asylum seeking refugees in the United States. These are not the people we met in San Antonio. Instead, we met mothers, fathers, and children fleeing from the lethal violence they face on a day to day basis in their countries, trying to save their own lives and the lives of their family members. Most…

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29Jan 19

How to assist immigrants

A group of Pres House students traveled to San Antonio to learn about immigration near the southern border and offer some assistance to migrants. (You can listen to their stories here under BWAP Team 2019.) But you don't have to go all the way to Texas to help. There are more 28,000 non-citizens living in the Madison area (about 10% of the population) who can use our help right here. Below are some things you can do today to make a difference. Legal Assistance (even if you aren’t a lawyer): Help perform intake form for immigrants seeking legal assistance from the free Community Immigration Law Center (cilcmadison.org). Training at UW Law School on Wednesday, February 6 at 12pm. RSVP required to swellhausen@wisc.edu. Words of Worth: Write letters of support and encouragement to women, children, and families detained at the border. Sunday evenings from 6-8pm on Feb 24, March 24, April 28.…

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24Jan 19

“Wise people build bridges; fools build walls”

Selina, a visiting post-doc scholar from China participated in the Pres House Break With a Purpose in January 2019 to San Antonio, Texas. She shares some reflections as an international scholar seeing the U.S., and debates over border security, through her eyes.  Coming from China, a country famous of building walls (the Great Wall, the internet wall , etc), I am basically against all kinds of walls. That’s the starting point when I come across the issue of immigration and the border wall between America and Mexico. In my opinion, it is a dangerous sign when people & governments are so obsessed with building walls, which shows your hostility to outsiders, to the world. And I believe there must be other ways to deal with the immigration issue without building physical walls. I think every person could be an immigrant in some kind of way, whether by identity or emotionally.…

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09Nov 18

Holy Bodies ~ Steven Chapman

Graduate student, Steven Chapman, shared this story on September 23rd, for the sermon series, "Wholly Living: 10 Ingredients." You can also listen to it here. A few weeks ago, Mark asked if I’d be willing to share my story about “wholly” living, and to be honest, I was surprised he asked me. Living a balanced life is something I consider myself pretty bad at. But this week I’ve had time to reflect on the elements of living a balanced life, and I’ve decided that “wholly” living not simply to check boxes off a list, but rather taking steps and intentionally making progress toward this larger goal. And this is where I’ve made the most progress for myself. Let me set the scene. My junior year of undergrad was among the most unbalanced time in my post-high school life so far. I had no idea of a school/life balance, so I…

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