Worship Resources

Immigrants Are a Blessing Litany

Headlines about immigration often expose deep pain and suffering. Use this litany in your Sunday worship as a way to remember our many brothers and sisters whose immigration status puts them in need of prayers. Order a free printed copy from Faith Alive's online catalogue.

 

Ten Ways U.S. Churches Can Welcome Immigrants Tool

In the Bible, strangers are often used by God to bring blessing. Immigrants today are a blessing to our congregations, communities, families, economy, and country. They are created in the image of God. And God expressly, and repeteadly, commands us to welcome the stranger.

What are practical ways your church can follow this command? Whether immigrants are already part of your neighborhood or living in communities farther away, this Ten Ways Tool contains ten ideas for showing hospitality and experiencing the blessing immigrants bring. Order a free copy from Faith Alive's website here.  

 

Have you ever heard a sermon or preached on immigration?

Thinking about preaching on immigration in your congregation? Looking to learn what the Bible has to say about immigration? 

In the summer of 2015, we launched the Immigration Preaching Challenge to encourage pastors to address this important issue. Check out the sermons here and consider preaching on immigration at your congregation! If you feel encouraged to preach your own sermon on immigration after reading through these sermons, read our initial challenge to pastors here for more resources and places to start.

Christy and Brad Knetsch, pastors at Madison CRC's Ford campus, preached a sermon titled “Testify: Immigrants Are a Blessing, Not a Burden." We asked Christy a few questions about why they chose to preach on immigration--and to do an immigration action alert during the service! Check out her blog piece "Why We Preach on Immigration" and the sermon here.

 

Educational Resources

Websites

Blessing Not Burden Unlearn Page

It’s time to unlearn that immigrants are a burden. Scripture, our own experience, and truths about the economy and our communities teach us that immigrants are a blessing. Learn more specific facts about how immigrants are a blessing here.

 

Do Justice Blog Posts about Immigration

Do Justice is a blog shaped by a variety of voices examining and reflecting on justice issues with a Reformed accent. This is what we can accomplish when communities, churches, and individuals wrestle with injustice. Together we’re finding new ideas and perspectives, sharing better ways to engage in justice work, remembering our motivation, and growing our faith. This is also a place to learn more about the role of the church in justice work, why the church cares, and why this work matters. Click here to find Do Justice blog posts relating to immigration.

 

Workshops

Church Between Borders

Church Between Borders is an interactive workshop that helps participants understand the brokenness of the U.S. immigration system, immigration policy throughout U.S. history, and how we can advocate for a more just system. The workshop brings people from many perspectives together to engage with immigration from a biblical perspective. Click here to learn more.

 

Books and Guides

Welcoming the Stranger

In their book, Welcoming the Stranger, Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang Yang move beyond rhetoric to offer a Christian response to immigration. They put a human face on the issue and tell stories of immigrants' experiences inside and outside of the system. With careful historical understanding and thoughtful policy analysis, they debunk myths and show the limitations of the current immigration system. Ultimately they point toward immigration reform that is compassionate, sensible, and just, offering concrete ways to welcome and minister to our immigrant neighbors.

 

Giving the Facts a Fighting Chance

Giving the Facts a Fighting Change is a guide that provides answers to the toughest immigration questions. The Immigration Policy Center exists to enhance immigration conversations and policy with balanced facts. Want to know the annual quota for skilled worker visas in the U.S.? This is their most comprehensive resource about how the U.S. immigration system works and doesn’t work.

 

Facilitators and Congregational Justice Mobilizers

We're ready to walk with you on immigration. Contact us to get started!

 

Kelsey Herbert

Kelsey is the Immigration Coordinator for the Office of Social Justice. She is passionate about the church being a prophetic voice for immigration reform and about helping churches understand justice as a spiritual discipline that both transforms us and the world. She also coordinates the Immigrants Are a Blessing Not a Burden campaign. She leads workshops on immigration and social justice for churches, universities, and elementary through high school classes and provides spaces to take action through advocacy.

Contact Kelsey by phone at 616-241-1691, ext. 6872, or by email at kherbert@crcna.org.

 

Kris Van Engen

Kris is the Congregational Justice Mobilizer for the Office of Social Justice and World Renew. He equips people as they act on Jesus' instructions to be peacemakers, to do justice, and to prevent the root causes of poverty and hunger.

Kris previously worked for 10 years as a pastor and church ministries director. 

Contact Kris by phone at 616-241-1691, x236, or by email at kvanengen@crcna.org.

 

Viviana Cornejo

Viviana works with the Office of Race Relations and partners with us on immigration education. She is available to facilitate Church Between Borders in Spanish. She is also working to create a network of pastors who will learn from each other about being a congregation that welcomes and supports recent immigrants.

Contact Viviana by email at vcornejo@crcna.org.

 

Kate Kooyman

Kate is a Project Developer for the Office of Social Justice. She is available to speak, meet with groups, and to help you advocate in a way that will truly make an impact.

Contact Kate by phone at 616-241-1691 x2120, or by email at kkooyman@crcna.org.