Community Breakfast Fall 2014
December 4, 2014
Vanderbilt Divinity School Reading Room
Assistant Dean of Student Life, Vanderbilt University Divinity School&
Vanderbilt Divinity School and Vanderbilt University Graduate Department of Religion Students
Shifting Borders: Re-Thinking Immigration at the U.S./Mexico Border
M. Daniel Carroll R., author of Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible claims his title is a double entendre. On the one hand, the use of the word border refers to physical boundary, like the one the United States shares with Mexico, and on the other, border is a kind of decision point, a place from which traditions, histories, and authorities are rationalized and brought to bear upon the ways in which we act. In the summer of 2014 Vanderbilt Divinity School students in the seminar course Traversing Our National Wound: Immigration at the U.S./Mexico Border traveled together to Tuscon, Arizona and to Nogales, Mexico and witnessed personal stories that reveal an intersectionality of issues met at the crossroad of many immigration debates: national security, migration of labor, human rights violations, free trade, public services, etc. During this Community Breakfast these students will share some of these stories and the impact it had on their lives and present how they wrestle theologically with the concept of immigration at the southern border of the United States of America.