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Kristin Heyer | Scriptural Politics of Immigration: Subversive Hospitality and Kinship
The Hebrew and Christian scriptures are replete with examples of persons and families uprooted and migrating. The sacred texts' injunctions about hospitality to strangers do not readily resolve complex questions about competing goods driving contemporary immigration debates. Scriptures do have a key role to play in shaping our dispositions, imagination and moral reasoning. The lecture will explore the potential for scriptural narratives and themes to reveal migrant realities anew and inform an ethic of immigration.
Kristin Heyer holds the Bernard J. Hanley Chair in Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College in 2003. Her research focuses on the ethics of immigration, Catholic political engagement, moral agency and Christian social ethics. Her books include Kinship across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration (Georgetown University Press, 2012), Prophetic and Public: the Social Witness of U.S. Catholicism (2006) and the edited volume Catholics and Politics: Dynamic Tensions between Faith and Power (2008). She serves as an editorial consultant for Theological Studies and as a member of the planning committee for Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church. She taught at Loyola Marymount University from 2003-2009 and joined the Santa Clara faculty in 2009. She also serves as the 2012-2013 Community-based Learning Faculty Fellow in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara.