Outsiders and Insiders: Courageous Compassion and the Immigration Crisis

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Jonathan M. Barz

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Drawing on an example from the popular young adult novel The Outsiders, this article provides a working definition of “courageous compassion” and argues that this character quality must shape our responses to the current immigration crisis. In order to respond compassionately to immigrants, we must first overcome the fears that surround this issue. Additionally, to cultivate compassion for immigrants, we must imaginatively enter their lives through the power of story and recognize them as fundamentally like us, created in the image of God and thus inherently valuable.

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