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A Theology of Water: Humane Borders and the Reverend Robin Hoover

Ananda Rose

in Showdown in the Sonoran Desert

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199890934
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949793 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890934.003.0004
A Theology of Water: Humane Borders and the Reverend Robin Hoover

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This chapter examines one of Tucson's most prominent faith-based migrant aid organizations, Humane Borders, which provides passive humanitarian assistance to migrants by maintaining water stations in strategic locations in the desert where migrants die in largest numbers. The chapter looks at the history of the organization, its mission, challenges, successes, and the group's founder, the Reverend Robin Hoover. Humane Borders is a compelling “migrant ministry,” which works within the boundaries of federal law while also promoting its vision of compassion and hospitality for migrants, based on many of the biblical narratives addressed in chapter two.

Keywords: Humane Borders; Reverend Robin Hoover; hospitality; water tanks; Isaiah 49:10; political theology; Judeo-Christian scriptures; Tohono O’odham Nation

Chapter.  5936 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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