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
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