“Let’s not let this attack be the primary source of our perspective”

“Let’s not let this attack be the primary source of our perspective”

My friend Rich Rosendahl has committed himself to connecting and sharing life with his refugee neighbors in Des Moines, Iowa, and he works full time training others in his context and around the U.S. to do the same.  He is the founder of The Nations, an organization that facilitates individual and corporate engagement with refugee communities.  Rich has worked with refugees both here in the U.S. and in the Middle East (in Jordan, in Tunisia on the Libyan border, and Palestine); and he has also worked in Iraq facilitating peace initiatives among divided groups and tribes there.  Issues and facts related to refugees here in the U.S. and abroad are not theoretical for Rich:  he knows them firsthand.

Here are some of his thoughts following the attack at Ohio State:


If you would like to hear more about Rich’s work and background, I did an interview with him last year about the Syrian refugee crisis.  If you, or a group you are associated with, would like to contact Rich about training or insight about connecting with refugees in your community, you can contact him via The Nations website.

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