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Rev Kelly Nieman Anderson What can We Do What can we DO PRAY PRAY God of the journey God of the traveler We pray for those who leave their homes in search of new beginnings and possibilities may they know your presence with them ID: 753944 Download Presentation


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Immigration WorkshopGMS Together in Mission Event

Rev. Kelly Nieman AndersonSlide2

What can We Do?

What can we DO?Slide5



God of the journey, God of the traveler, We pray for those who leave their homes in search of new beginnings and possibilities, may they know your presence with them.

We pray that those who seek to make a home in this country may find us welcoming and willing to help them find a path toward citizenship.

We pray for our legislators, as they craft new immigration legislation, that they may find the wisdom and courage to enact new policies that do justice for our country and for those who would immigrate here. We pray that those who fan the flames of fear and discrimination against the undocumented may be touched with your divine compassion.

We pray all this and more in Jesus' name. Amen. -

The Archdiocese of ChicagoSlide7

Bible people “on the move”Slide8

Adam & Eve NoahAbraham & Sarah Hagar and IshmaelJoseph Moses

Hebrews Naomi & Ruth Israelites Esther & Mordechai

Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego Jesus, Mary, & Joseph

Paul Ethiopian Eunuch Jewish Christians Aquila & Pricilla Bible people “on the move


What does the Bible Say about Immigrants and Refugees?

Leviticus 19:33-34

Deuteronomy 10:18-19Exodus 23:9

1 Kings 8:41-44Matthew 25:25-36

Luke 10:29-37 Galatians 5:14

Love Refugees as yourself

God loves the Foreigner

Do not Oppress a Foreigner

Do what foreigners ask of you

Invite the Stranger in

Have Mercy on neighbor

Love your Neighbor as yourself Slide12

Jeff SessionsSlide13

Paula WhiteSlide14

What can I do? PRAY

Include refugees, immigrants, politicians, police, and social workers in your personal and group prayers

Encourage your church to regularly pray for immigrants and refugeesAsk your church to host an immigration/ refugee Sunday

Lead a prayer vigil with songs and petitions for immigrants and refugeesUse modern terms (refugee, immigrant) within Bible stories Learn more about your church’s mission work on the border and in other countries - consider joining a trip or financially supporting their work!

Begin the work of becoming an Immigrant Welcoming or Sanctuary CongregationSlide15

REFLECTWhat can we do? Slide17




Immigration Court Backlog (US)Slide37

Aug 2015 Average wait time was 635 days, with some up to 1,766 days in the future

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What Could we do?

What Could we Do?

Comprehensive Immigration ReformSlide40

What Can I do? LEARN MORE

Read a book about immigrants or refugees

Watch a movie about immigrants or refugees Read the UMC “Book of Resolutions: Welcoming the Migrant to the U.S.” docELCA Social Message “Immigration” or UCC pastoral letter “Keeping Families together”

Sign up for action alerts at (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services) Follow trusted organizations on

facebook: J-FON (Justice for our Neighbors),VOCES

(Milwaukee), Catholic Immigration Network Invite a speaker to your organization

Consider immigration policy in your voting choices

Research immigration reform recommendationsSlide41

“If you could go back” Poem by Danny Bryck Slide42


Ded - Albania

Aisha - Nigeria

Miguel – El Salvador

Wai Hinn & Nang Shwe - Burma/ Myanmar

Connect with Current Immigration & Refugee StoriesSlide45

What can I do?


Tell the truth & share the facts (in person and on line)Contact elected officials : visit, write, email, call

Volunteer on election campaigns Join protests, rallies, etc. (Voces hosts multiple)

Consider joining the sanctuary movement (as a church) Support VOCES de la Frontera in MilwaukeeJoin UCC’s “Week of Faithful witness At/ For the Border”

Teach English to adults or childrenPrint/ Purchase/ display a sign Legal clinic? Visit Detainees? Slide48

California Family raises $20 million online for Immigrant Legal fundSlide49

What can I do? DONATE


offers free and low-cost legal services to immigrants Kids in Need of Defense: supports kids appearing in immigration court

CARA (consortium of Catholic Legal immigration Network and others) provide legal services at family detention centers

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services: provides advocacy, legal assistance, social workers, and foster families for immigrants & refugeesJustice for our Neighbors

: a UMC ministry which provides Legal assistanceFreedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC): opposes immigrant detentionSlide50

What did you learn? How can you help? Slide51

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