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Fear an obstacle to hospitality toward refugees

Gov. Sam Brownback announced last month that Kansas was withdrawing from the federal refugee resettlement program. Meanwhile, leaders of Catholic, Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith communities spoke at a recent forum in Kansas City, Mo., about how their faiths respond to the refugee crisis. Paul Turner, ecumenical officer for the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese, noted that fear can be an obstacle to hospitality. “It is fear that threatens to cast out love,” he told the National Catholic Reporter. “At the same time, I think we have other values we need to remind ourselves about and keep putting them into play.” – Phillip Brownlee