The Religious/Secular Divide and the Global Displacement Crisis

Today is World Refugee Day and if the numbers released by the UNHCR today tell us anything, more action and new approaches are urgently needed to address the needs of the rapidly growing globally displaced population. While religion is often consider marginal in discussions about the displacement crisis, in today’s post Erin Wilson argues that …

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Saving lives – but which ones? Life, belonging and postsecular possibilities in contemporary asylum politics

In today's post, Erin Wilson reflects on the recent decision by the Australian parliament to excise its territory from its migration zone, what this means for how we value life, how we belong and how both religious and secular perspectives can help us rethink these critical issues. Last week in my home country, Australia, the …

Be Welcome: Lessons in Hospitality from Victor Hugo and Monseigneur Bienvenu Part Two

Following on from Tuesday's post, Erin Wilson writes more on how the faithful hospitality of Victor Hugo's character Monseigneur Bienvenu from Les Miserables can contribute to contemporary political issues, in particular statelessness and migration. The problem of statelessness emphasises most acutely the power imbalance that exists within global politics between the state and individuals. Hannah …

Be Welcome: Lessons in Hospitality from Victor Hugo and Monseigneur Bienvenu Part One

Erin Wilson reflects on the religious themes present within Les Miserables and how they speak to contemporary political issues. My husband and I went to see the latest film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables over the weekend. As a long time fan of the story and the musical, I have always been struck by …