Cafe Church September 2009



Traditions are group efforts to keep the unexpected from happening.
Barbara Tober

If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known.
George C. Marshall

At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She exclaimed, "Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me-a foreigner?"
Ruth 2:10 (New International Version)

Displaced societies are of value. Their issues are our issues.
Cynthia Basinet

Environmental degradation, overpopulation, refugees, narcotics, terrorism, world crime movements, and organized crime are worldwide problems that don't stop at a nation's borders.
Warren Christopher

While every refugee's story is different and their anguish personal, they all share a common thread of uncommon courage - the courage not only to survive, but to persevere and rebuild their shattered lives.
Antonio Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, 2005-

A lasting solution, the possibility to begin a new life, is the only dignified solution for the refugee himself.
Poul Hartling, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 1978-1985

They are safe but they are not in their homes. They are city-less. I think it's just a disaster for everyone.
Teri Hatcher

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household
Ephesians 2:19 (New International Version)

So often the world sits idly by, watching ethnic conflicts flare up, as if these were mere entertainment rather than human beings whose lives are being destroyed. Shouldn't the existence of even one single refugee be a cause for alarm throughout the world?
Urkhan Alakbarov

In countries where people have to flee their homes because of persecution and violence, political solutions must be found, peace and tolerance restored, so that refugees can return home. In my experience, going home is the deepest wish of most refugees.
Angelina Jolie

Refugees have done more for my heart and my spirit than I can ever express in words.
Angelina Jolie

You may require payment from a foreigner, but you must cancel any debt your brother owes you.
Deuteronomy 15:3 (New International Version)

The exile is a singular, whereas refugees tend to be thought of in the mass ... What is implied in these nuances of social standing is the respect we pay to choice. The exile appears to have made a decision, while the refugee is the very image of helplessness.
Mary McCarthy

"In whatever tribe the alien settles, there you are to give him his inheritance," declares the Sovereign LORD.
Ezekiel 47:23 (New International Version)

We are all part of the human family and we should be about doing what all good families do - caring for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.
Dan O'Neill, Founder, Mercy Corps

There are no refugees, no displaced persons here, ... They are our guests and we treat them as such.
Mike Turner

Let no foreigner who has bound himself to the LORD say, "The LORD will surely exclude me from his people."
Isaiah 56:3 (New International Version)

Refugees are defined as persons who are outside their country and cannot return owing to a well-founded fear of persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group.
United Nations, 1951

In the future, human rights will be increasingly a universal criterion for designing ethical systems.
Mahnaz Afkhami

Our inheritance has been turned over to aliens, our homes to foreigners.
Lamentations 5:2 (New International Version)

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be either good or evil.
Hannah Arendt

Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
1 Peter 2:11 (New International Version)

When I arrived in America, though I had left the war physically far behind, in my mind, the soldiers were still chasing to kill me, my stomach was always hungry, and my fear and distrust kept me from opening up to new friendships. I thought the war was over when I left Cambodia, but I realize now that for survivors and all those involved, the war is never over just because the guns have fallen silent.
Loung Ung

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "These are the regulations for the Passover: "No foreigner is to eat of it."
Exodus 12:43 (New International Version)

In Paris, one is always reminded of being a foreigner. If you park your car wrong, it is not the fact that it's on the sidewalk that matters, but the fact that you speak with an accent.
Roman Polanski

I against my brother I and my brother against our cousin, my brother and our cousin against the neighbors all of us against the foreigner.
Bedouin Proverb

In the Law it is written: "Through men of strange tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me," says the Lord.
1 Corinthians 14:21 (New International Version)

There is nothing less to our credit than our neglect of the foreigner and his children, unless it be the arrogance most of us betray when we set out to ''Americanize'' him.
Charles Horton Cooley

Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?
Luke 17:18 (New International Version)

The world still consists of two clearly divided groups: the English and the foreigners. One group consists of less than 50 million people; the other of 3,950 million. The latter group does not really count.
George Mikes

" 'An alien living among you who wants to celebrate the LORD's Passover must do so in accordance with its rules and regulations. You must have the same regulations for the alien and the native-born.' "
Numbers 9:14 (New International Version)

We cannot bring ourselves to believe it possible that a foreigner should in any respect be wiser than ourselves. If any such point out to us our follies, we at once claim those follies as the special evidence of our wisdom.
Anthony Trollope

If you`re not English, you`re a foreigner - so you must be sexy. it`s an old British cliche.
Claudia Cardinale

When the chairman introduced the guest speaker as a former illegal alien, I got up from my chair and yelled, "What's the matter, no jobs on Mars?" When no one laughed, I was real embarrassed. I don't think people should make you feel that way.
Jack Handy

Everyone's quick to blame the alien
Aeschylus (525 BC-456 BC)

In a land of immigrants, one was not an alien but simply the latest arrival.
Rudolf Arnheim

The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 19:34 (New International Version)

I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.
W. C. Fields

Video clips

Mock the Week - immigration examination

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