Various organizations and materials have been instrumental in stimulating our thinking and encouraged our involvement. This section connects you with these resources.



  • Just Like Us – follows four young women, two have documentation and two do not; a must read book (written in Denver by Helen Thorpe).
  • Christians at the Border by Danny Carroll – presents “scriptural precepts” to love the foreigner among us; an excellent book for theological.
  • The Case for Asylum: A Child’s Long, Lonely Trek –a detailed story about one Honduran youth seeking help and Laura Rheinheimer, a paralegal who assisted him.
  • Sin Nombre (Without a Name) – a violent, hard-to-watch movie, but one that gives the viewer an essential understanding of the situation.

Human Trafficking


  • In Denver
    • African Community Center (ACC) – conducts educational and social service programs that help refugees resettle in their new communities
    • Project Worthmore – a small group of committed community members who mentor and befriend refugee neighbors
  • Worldwide
    • Mennonite Central Committee – helps refugees in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon
      • MCC has provided nearly 18,000 relief kits and 101,000 comforters in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. (MCC, 2015)

The Middle East

  • Meet the Middle East (MTME): a Denver-based non-profit organization based whose purpose is to educate American students, adults and businesses on Middle East topics while fostering relationships between our countries by providing a unique study abroad opportunity.
  • One Voice: an international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representative toward the two-state solution.
  • Jewish Voice for Peace: Israelis and Palestinian: a Jewish organization that provides a voice for Jews and other allies who believe that peace in the Middle East will be achieved through justice and full equality for both Palestinians and Israelis.
  • Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) – Palestine Projects: CPT Palestine is a faith-based organization that supports Palestinian-led, nonviolent, grassroots resistance to the Israeli occupation and the unjust structures that uphold it. By collaborating with local Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers and educating people in our home communities, they help create a space for justice and peace.
  • Books
    • The Olive Grove: A Palestinian Family’s Story written by Denver author and cofounder of Meet the Middle East organization, Deborah Rohan (Schlueter); Book Club reading guide
    • One Land Two Stories: Two local professors, one Israeli and one Palestinian explore the Middle East conflict from their own perspectives; by Shaul Gabbay and Amin Kazak.
    • Faith Club: A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew – Three Women Searching for Understanding; written by Ranya Idiby, Suzanne Oliver, Priscilla Warner; Book Club reading guide available.
    • We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A book written by President Jimmy Carter who developed a comprehensive plan he believes can work. (Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid is a second book written on the subject by President Carter)
  • Videos
    • Beyond Belief: An award winning documentary which tells the story of two women who were widowed on September 11, 2001. Rather than turn inward, grief compels these women to bridge the East-West cultural divide. They focus on empowering widows in Afghanistan and creating a grassroots campaign that inspires each of us to become an active global citizen who will promote a more tolerant and peaceful world.
    • Is Peace Out of Reach? 60 minutes: Bob Simons reports (in 2009) that a growing number of Israelis and Palestinians feel that a two state solution is no longer possible.
    • Rick Steves’ The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today: This hour long special weaves together both Israeli and Palestinian narratives. Steves visits Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Hebron, Bethlehem and Ramalah. The show also discusses the persistent challenges facing the region.


  • Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) – describe themselves as “partners with the poor” to start small businesses in developing regions around the world
  • Books
    • The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World -“Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population.”

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