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.
- Offer the Church Between Borders workshop at your church
- Read Welcoming the Stranger with a small group in your congregation
- Pray with and for people without legal immigration status using this Immigrants Are a Blessing litany
- 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
- 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
- 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.