A particularly good time for Charles Strain to address global migration
It was good timing when Marian University’s Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies lined up Dr. Charles Strain of DePaul University for its November 15 Global Studies Speaker. Dr. Strain is co-author of the recent book, Global Migration: What’s Happening, Why, and a Just Response. It’s an excellent book that uses Catholic social teaching as a guide for responding to today’s refugee crisis. Says Kristin Heyer of Boston College:
Elizabeth Collier and Charles Strain’s Global Migration: What’s Happening, Why, and a Just Response brings together key resources to analyze the complex factors confronting people on the move today. The authors skillfully illuminate Christian witness from biblical texts through Catholic social teaching to lived responses. They also underscore the critical need to understand root causes and contexts of migration, not just its symptoms. The book’s ‘see-judge-act’ framework guides readers to a range of innovative responses. This book serves as an excellent resource for classrooms, immersion trips, parish-based discussion groups, or nonprofit organizations.
You can read the book’s Introduction here.
Sadly, Dr. Strain’s talk could be even more timely today. Charles Strain is also one of the country’s leading experts on “socially engaged Buddhism,” which seeks ways to apply the insights from meditation practice and dharma teachings to situations of social, political, environmental, and economic suffering and injustice. In the last few months, the plight of the Rohingya has emerged as one of the world’s most urgent refugee crises. Hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have been driven from their homes in Burma into squalid and makeshift refugee camps in Bangladesh. Thousands have been murdered. It’s the worst case of ethnic cleansing since the Wars of Yugoslav Dissolution in the 1990s. among the leaders of this violence have been Burman Buddhist monks, belying our images of Buddhism as a peaceful religion. Perhaps Dr. Strain will explain what is happening in Burma. And the crisis of Rohingya refugees is a very good opportunity for us to use Dr. Strain’s “see-judge-act” framework to come up a just response.