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.
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.
- Offer the Church Between Borders workshop at your church
- Read Welcoming the Stranger with a small group in your congregation
- 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
- 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.