Jesus Was a Refugee

Episode 35 – January 8, 2020

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The Magi. The flight to Egypt. Baby Jesus in a cage and tragedy at the U.S./Mexico border. Reflections by Michiko Bown-Kai of East End United, Rev. Alexa Gilmour of Windemere United Church and Jenn McIntyre of Romero House. Music by The Nields.

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Reading No. 1

Matthew 2:1-12 The Visit of the Wise Men
Read by Rev. Anne Hoganson from Halifax, Nova Scotia

Reading No. 2

Matthew 2: 13-18 The Holy Family’s Flight to Egypt
Read by Rev. Alexa Gilmour from Toronto, Ontario


Pilgrimage of delegates from the Canadian Sanctuary Network to an art installation at Eastminster United Church in Toronto, Ontario.


Canadian Sanctuary Network
East End United Regional Ministry
Romero House
Windemere United Church



Nativity scene puts baby Jesus in a cage with solar blanket, like would-be migrants to U.S. — CBC News: December 11, 2019

Toronto church puts baby Jesus in a cage to draw attention to plight of refugees — Toronto Star: December 10, 2019

Toronto church places baby Jesus inside cage to condemn detention of refugee children — CTV News: December 11, 2019


With gratitude to:

Rev. Stephen Milton of Lawrence Park Community Church and Soul Table for capturing the interview audio for this segment.

Michiko Bown-Kai and Jane Sanden for creating such a stirring nativity scene.

Rev. Alexa Gilmour and Jenn McIntyre for sharing stories of witness and advocacy.

The Living Presence Ministry is a community ministry of the United Church of Canada

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