Let's partner together to spread the message that Immigrants are a Blessing, not a Burden.

There are four important ways a church can engage deeply in immigration work: learning and sharing the myths and facts, reflecting a care for immigrants during worship, having meaningful connections with immigrant communities and organizations, and effectively advocating for more just policies.

If you're interested in exploring deeper the ways your congregation can learn more, fill out this form or email our immigration mobilizer, Kate Kooyman, at kkooyman@crcna.org

We partner with the Reformed Church in America (RCA) Global Missions to help both CRC and RCA congregations engage the issue of immigration. Through partnering with the Office of Social Justice, Global Missions hopes that more RCA congregations will become part of a faith-rooted effort to change the conversation from one of division to one of hospitality.

 

Education

 

Worship

  • Invite your congregation to pray using the Immigrants Are a Blessing litany to remember the blessing of immigrants throughout scripture and today
  • Encourage your pastor to preach on immigration
  • Sign up to receive the weekly Office of Social Justice Prayers e-newsletter to see regular prayers related to immigrants and refugees and ask your worship planners to include them in the service

 

Advocacy

  • Invite people to sign up for periodic immigration updates and actions alerts
  • Show up for town halls, write op-eds, and publicly advocate for immigrant-friendly policies
  • Work to set up legislative meetings with elected officials for church members

 

Connect

  • Reach out and develop relationship with local immigrant church
  • Host a Know Your Rights or a Family Preparedness training through reaching out to a local immigration attorney
  • Connect a group to volunteer or partner with immigrant-focused ministries (tutoring, child care, food)
  • Find and contact your local immigrant justice/sanctuary coalition and attend their meetings.

 

To begin the journey of walking alongside your congregation, let us know you're interested here.