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 director of youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, 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). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. When not doing ministry, she and her husband Doug can be found hiking, backpacking, and traveling.

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