Stuff You Can Use: A Discussion about Refugees

After President Trump signed the travel ban impacting refugees, I met with my student leaders. Together, we decided to postpone our previously scheduled discussion in order to insert a week into our teaching calendar about refugees. As Christians, my student leaders and I agreed this was too important an issue - and too relevant a conversation - to ignore. 

The goal of this discussion was three-fold:  

1. Educate students about refugees.    

2. Explore what Scripture says about refugees.  

3. Challenge teens to think about their response to refugees. 

Our discussion went very well, thoughtfully engaging those present about this issue. 

If you've considered talking about refugees with your teens, please do so. This is not an issue we can afford to stay silent on. 

If you're looking for a resource to use with your teens, here's the refugee discussion I used with mine. Feel free to use or modify it to more effectively work in your context. 

Download the refugee discussion here. 

Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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