As Christians, how should we respond to the current crisis?
Dr. Fogg inspires Christians to advocate for immigrant justice in their communities.
by embracing DREAMers, the undocumented, asylum seekers, and immigrants.
of their comfort zones and learn to cross social, ethnic, and religious borders--just as Jesus did--to become the body of Christ in the world.
"A beautifully written, well-researched, painfully moving book that invites all believers to read Scripture in a new way. Reading this book involves pain, hope, and challenge. Any church community that reads it prayerfully will never be the same again!"
Justo L. González, immigrant, church historian, and theologian
"Jesus's exhortation to love one's neighbor as oneself is the simplest and most profound spiritual teaching in human history. His story and teachings dovetail with the journeys of so many of our immigrant neighbors, as Julia Lambert Fogg explores with such compassion in her expert and moving book. Jesus came from a family of immigrants, after all, and as he famously said, 'I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.'"
Rainn Wilson, actor and writer
"Julia Fogg shows that the scriptural trajectory of refugees' border crossings--out of peril into safety, out of oppression into promise--does not end with Jesus and the Bible but continues into today in the living stories of migrants."
Barbara Rossing, professor of New Testament and environmental ministry coordinator, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
"At a time when many Christians say that the US has no responsibility to house refugees fleeing war and violence in their home countries, Finding Jesus at the Border feels like a breath of fresh air. Regardless of your religious beliefs, Julia Lambert Fogg has done all of us a service by asking, 'What would Jesus do?' were he confronted with the inhumanity of our current immigration laws."
Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
"The issue of immigrant rights, like that of economic justice, requires little translation between the Bible and our time. Vulnerable people who are pushed and pulled by the tidal forces of powerful empires are central subjects of both Testaments. Fogg's work is an engaging addition to the literature that reads Word and world with attention to the displaced and dispossessed who are forced to cross borders."
Ched Myers, coauthor of Our God Is Undocumented: Biblical Faith and Immigrant Justice
"This is a moving account of a personal journey into the immigrant world and how it led to a new understanding of Christian faith and Scripture. Fogg creatively interweaves immigrant stories with biblical passages, showing how those experiences can help us read the Bible with fresh eyes. But the goal is not just to inform her readers; she wants to motivate them into action. A challenging read indeed!"
M. Daniel Carroll R., Wheaton College; author of The Bible and Borders
Discussions of Finding Jesus...
Faculty Panel Discussion of Finding Jesus at the Border... California Lutheran University, 4.2020
Excerpts from Finding Jesus...
CLU Magazine 3.17.2020
The Christian Century 4.7.2020
Outreach Magazine 5.11.2020
Reviews of Finding Jesus...
Rev. Dr. Julia Lambert Fogg is Professor in the Religion Department. She specializes in the New Testament, first century Christianity, theologies from the margins, border crossing narratives, and cross-cultural reading practices. Named Professor of the Year by CLU class of 2008, she led the Religion department for 7 years as Chair (2009-2016). In her teaching she focuses on developing innovative, immersive and relational pedagogical methods, particularly for experiential and transformational learning with students. Dr. Fogg utilizes immersion and service learning methods to teach both theory and practice in her courses on Pauline letters, Global Jesus and Liberation Theology. She has led CLU students on travel seminars to Turkey. In her investigation of Paul’s letters, especially Philippians, Dr. Fogg argues that Paul understands salvation in terms of a present and future, material and spiritual, social communion between Christ and his followers embodied in their concrete daily practices. This puts community life at the center of theology and church practices. Dr. Fogg's current research focuses on biblical readings from the margins. Her book, Finding Jesus at the Border: Opening Our Hearts to the Stories of Our Immigrant Neighbors (Baker-Brazos Press, April 2020) examines border crossing narratives in the gospels and shows how these illumine and are illumined by the experiences of young Latino/a immigrants who crossed borders to arrive in Southern California. Dr. Fogg is also dedicated to teaching in the Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) program at CLU's seminary, PLTS in Berkeley.
Presidential Address, March 2020 Society of Biblical Literature, Pacific Coast Region
“Immigration, Migration and Border Crossing: Scenarios from the College Classroom.” Chapter 15 in Global Lutheranism: Vitality and Challenges. Edited by Peter Vethanayagamony and F. Voelker Griefenhagen. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Lutheran Univ. Press, 2018.
“Philippians.” Pages 543-556. In The New Testament Fortress Commentary on the Bible. Edited by Margaret Aymer, Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, David A. Sánchez. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014.
“All the Senses of Revelation 8: Experiencing First Century Rhetorical Strategies,” in Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction, (ed. Patrick Gray and Mark Roncace; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, November 2005).
“Paul’s Letter to the Philippians: A Lesson in Citizenship,” in Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction, (ed. Patrick Gray and Mark Roncace; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, November 2005).
“Visual Exegesis: An Introduction to Biblical Interpretation,” in Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction, (ed. Patrick Gray and Mark Roncace; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, November 2005).
Contributions to The CEB Women's Bible
Edited by Jaime Clark-Soles. Contemporary English Bible, UMC Publishing House, 2016.
Contributions to The CEB Student Bible
Edited by Elizabeth Corrie. Nashville, TN: Contemporary English Bible, UMC Publishing House. August 2015.
Articles for WorkingPreacher.org
On Teaching Biblical Studies
“God’s Story in Scripture: Border Crossing." The Practice Discipleship Initiative written for The Network; presented at Extravaganza Youth Conference, Jan 2015.
“Story in Scripture.” The Practice Discipleship Initiative, March 3, 2015.
“Prepping Class with Newspaper in Hand.” Seminarium: Elements of Great Teaching, August 25 2014.
“Sustainable Service Learning: A SLO Transformation.” Seminarium: Elements of Great Teaching, July 11, 2014.
“Antioch.” Society of Biblical Literature’s Bible Odyssey. June 2014