Devotions — 2016 Advent: “Yearnings to Belong”
Living as Spirit Blessed Communities
A seven day devotion set developed in partnership with the Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC). Each day’s devotion corresponds with the seven issue briefs below. They focus on a portion of the John 20:19-22 text, and include reflection questions connected with the issue page for that day, and also offer a brief prayer.
The issue brief topics include:
Day 1-7: Issue briefs
Day 1: Refugees, Asylees, and Survivors of Domestic Violence
Day 2: Workers’ Rights
Day 3: The Root Causes of Migration
Day 4: A Path to Citizenship
Day 5: U.S. – Mexico Border Policies
Day 6: Immigration Enforcement
Day 7: Family Unity
Provide Gifts for Kids & Moms from Central America Detained This Christmas! For the holidays, a special partnership has been worked out between RIM, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS), and ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to provide gifts to children detained in a facility in Karnes City, Texas. We know that the hundreds in Karnes City are part of over 1,700 children and mothers isolated this holiday season from their families—including hundreds just transferred also to a newly opened facility in Dilley, Texas. For details on how you can help.
Included in this resource are: Prayers for Election Day and Justice for Immigrants; Guiding Questions to Ask about Candidates When Voting and Questions to consider of candidates regarding immigration policies. Also, see a prayer of a new citizen.
Epiphany resource, focuses on families in detention–and highlights conditions faced and options for action for people of faith.
Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries Epiphany Resource.
“Angel to Angel” letter writing project to children and families in detention. (Spanish)
Don’t Deport My Dad
Father’s Day Resources – “Don’t Deport My Dad” include: How our immigration system unjustly affects fathers and their families; understanding prosecutorial discretion; The unjust 1996 laws and impacts of detention and deportation on families; and impacts of detention and deportation on faith communities.
Also included are: stories of immigrants dealing with deportation; a prayer for fathers on Father’s Day; a devotion: “Camp Tales From Moses”; dads ask dads letter to President Obama and DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson; and ways to take action.
Praying for Freedom — This prayer resource and call to action in solidarity with families detained at Berks family detention facility in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Social Media Toolkit for Ending Family Detention — In an effort to urge the Administration to end family detention, we want families across the nation to come together to amplify a common message of #freefamilies. The campaign underscores our obligation to our brothers and sisters who are immigrating to the United States.
Lenten Devotionals for Welcoming Refugees
2017 Lenten Devotions — The devotions include reflections for Ash Wednesday, as well as for the five Sundays of Lent before Holy Week, plus Palm Sunday. Each reflection is based on a lectionary scripture passage, and emphasizes themes related to a variety of refugee and immigrant concerns including: DACA, border issues, recent Executive Orders resulting in refugee restrictions and immigrant family separation, and a call to engage in offering sanctuary protections. Each week offers a variety of action and engagement opportunities for faith communities to support refugees and immigrants. Click here to download.
Mother’s Day End Family Detention Toolkit
In recent months, Refugee and Immigration Ministries and Disciples Women have partnered to pray and act against family detention for immigrant mothers and children—who have fled horrific conditions of violence in their homelands of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala to seek protection in the U.S. Instead, thousands are housed in large detention centers run by private prison companies for many months. Even though most are eligible for asylee status, release is rare, and immigrants must pay bond amounts of often as much as $10,000 to gain freedom as they await immigration court appearances. Over the next weeks surrounding Mother’s Day, multiple events will be held throughout the country to raise up these concerns of these vulnerable mothers and children. See the Mother’s Day Toolkit to see many ways that you can best support and pray for them!!
Mother’s Day Month Tool Kit
Support Mothers and families throughout May by using the worship and advocacy resources available here. Included in the packet are resources to uplift the concerns of immigrants and families in worship. Also included is call in information to contact Congress to ask for a vote on immigration reform, and to contact the White House to ask the Administration to halt unjust deportations of 1,100 immigrants per day. See, too, a list of resource organizations who are engaging in voter development and civic engagement events in your area–and join in their actions to support immigrant rights!
Prayer of a New Citizen
by Sophia Hlen Rahlan, First Christian Church, Charlotte, N.C.
Also see Worship Resources for Voters on Election Day
Prayers for the Arriving Children and Their Families in Crisis
by Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea
Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director of Refugee & Immigration Ministries speaks in the Chapel of Christian Theological Seminary during Hispanic Heritage Month.
O God of the nomad Sarah
God of the fugitive Moses
God of the exile Nehemiah
God of the immigrant Ruth
God of the refugees Mary and Joseph
God of the itinerant teacher Jesus
God of the wandering missionary Paul
God of the uprooted and displaced,
You are God of us all as we pray together,
“Our souls are restless until they rest in you.”
We thank you for the gift of this temporary earthly pilgrimage we call life;
in it we find the adventures of the unexpected.
We thank you for the lessons of self reliance learned on the journey.
We also thank you for the hard times when we learn that there is no self
reliance for any of us. We need each other…and You.
We thank you for the generosity of strangers who give us grace moments
where we find shelter when we thought there was no shelter.
We thank you for moments of shared bread and wine in which we taste the
enriching delights of hospitality even among strangers. In those moments
we taste and see your presence with us.
We thank you for this moment of shared food and friendship. Even with those
whose names we cannot call we discover to be our kin, for together we are your
sojourning friends living in your embrace making our way home.
Accept our prayers in the name of the one who ever walks with us, Jesus Christ.
Prayer by Peter Morgan
at National City Christian Church
HEEL GRIPPING HOPE!
A sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea at National City Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Washington, DC re: the children’s crisis. Title: “Heel Gripping Hope”, Genesis 25:19-34. Included with the sermon are Additional Liturgical Resources, by Rev. Beverly Goines, NCCC. Read more. To hear sermon.
Who’s Behind the Platter?
This resource has some reminders about farm worker struggles, some action steps and information about the movie “Food Chains” which chronicles the fabulous work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in their efforts to bring justice to tomato pickers, and a set of photos and farm worker stories gathered from an event at the White House on November 19, 2014. These farm workers flew to Washington D.C., from all around the country, and shared their stories about how they grow the food for our feasts!! We’ve compiled their stories and photos as a part of the “Who’s Behind the Platter?” documents.
The Cries of the Harvesters
A Collection of Prayer Resources Remembering Farmworkers on Thanksgiving from Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries & Partners.
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April 17, 2017
Join us in unity at the start of General Assembly in Indianapolis on Saturday, July 8, 2017, from 3 to 5 p.m., for a Disciples…
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April 17, 2017
Disciples and United Church of Christ Holy Season Statement on Violence in the Middle East and Refugees In the beginning of Holy Week, marking the…
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