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May 29, 2006

the church and immigration

In spite of Joel Osteen's involvement ("...you are God's favorite child"), here is a new site to watch...

www.churchandimmigration.info

The Mennonite Church recommends these steps to become better informed and more involved:

1. Build relationships with newcomers in our communities. Facilitate the mutual sharing of immigrantsí stories and contributions in our churches and neighborhoods.
2. Plan congregational learning tours in our communities, including immigrant neighborhoods, churches, and workplaces, as well as government offices that serve immigrants.
3. Partner with immigrant congregations to plan church services or community events.
4. Offer church facilities and volunteers for documentation services, English classes, ethnic celebrations, or other outreach programs.
5. Engage in mutual aid to offer food, shelter, clothing, and other resources to undocumented and documented immigrants.
6. Learn about issues affecting immigrants by reading newspapers or magazines, joining national immigration rights organizations, or contacting church agencies that work with immigration issues.
7. Join study tours to the U.S./Mexico border, refugee camps, or detention centers to learn more about U.S. immigration and refugee policies.
8. Advocate for just and humane policies for immigrants and refugees by contacting local, state, and national elected officials. (source)

Posted by almamia at May 29, 2006 2:07 PM

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