Hometown is a podcast from Episcopal Migration Ministries and is part of the Good Book Club.  This week’s Good Book Club scripture readings: Acts 13:13-Acts 16:15

Reflection author

This week’s reflection author is The Rev. Canon Charles. K. Robertson, Ph.D., who is Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Beyond the Episcopal Church and Distinguished Visiting Professor at General Theological Seminary. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations as well as other national and international boards, Dr. Robertson previously worked with the White House and U.S. Department of Education as Executive Director of Film Clips for Character Education. He serves as General Editor of the “Studies in Episcopal and Anglican Theology” series through Peter Lang Publishing, and has written over a dozen books including Barnabas vs. Paul (Abingdon Press) and A Dangerous Dozen (SkyLight Paths Publishing). In the blog post we’ll release with the episode, we’ll include a link to Canon Robertson’s author page on Amazon – www.episcopalmigrationministries.org/blog.


This week our backgrounder is on ethnic Nepali refugees from Bhutan in preparation for next week’s episode, when we interview Tara Dhungana, who is originally from Bhutan and now lives in Ohio. The information we share comes largely from the Center for Applied Linguistics 2007 backgrounder on Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal, and their 2008 supplement to that backgrounder. http://www.culturalorientation.net/learning/backgrounders

Bonus Interview

We’re delighted to welcome back to the podcast The Rev. Christopher Bishop, our reflection author from Episode 10 – “A Home for All of Us.” We chat with him to learn more about his work with displaced Christian communities in Iraq and his organization, Stand with Iraqi Christians. http://standwithiraqichristians.org/

Get ready for World Refugee Day!

Every year, World Refugee Day is observed on June 20. This is an important day to celebrate the strength, resilience, and contributions of refugees to communities all over the world – and for us to deepen our commitment to the work of welcome and refugee resettlement.

This year EMM will release a number of resources: www.episcopalmigrationministries.org/worldrefugeeday.

We hope you’ll participate in or organize something to celebrate the day! It could be a small gathering, including Prayers of the People for Refugees and Displaced Persons in your Sunday worship, taking up a special Refugee Sunday collection to support EMM, host a film viewing, and so much more!

One thing you could do for World Refugee Day is invite others to join in the work of welcome by making a donation to Episcopal Migration Ministries. No gift is too small, and all are put to use to welcome our newest neighbors. Visit www.episcopalmigrationministries.org/give or text HOMETOWN to 91999.

And support refugee artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs! Like our theme song composer, Abraham Mwinda Ikando. Find his music at www.abrahammwindamusic.com.


Hometown is a podcast from Episcopal Migration Ministries and is part of the Good Book Club.

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