Immigration Workshop GMS Together in Mission Event
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Immigration WorkshopGMS Together in Mission Event
Rev. Kelly Nieman AndersonSlide2Slide3Slide4
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?
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 yourselfSlide12
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 CongregationSlide15Slide16
REFLECTWhat can we do?Slide17Slide18Slide19Slide20Slide21Slide22Slide23Slide24Slide25Slide26Slide27Slide28Slide29Slide30Slide31Slide32Slide33Slide34Slide35
Immigration Court Backlog (US)Slide37
Aug 2015 Average wait time was 635 days, with some up to 1,766 days in the future
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 LIRS.org (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 BryckSlide42
Ded - Albania
Aisha - Nigeria
Miguel – El Salvador
Wai Hinn & Nang Shwe - Burma/ Myanmar
Connect with Current Immigration & Refugee StoriesSlide45Slide46Slide47
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