What’s New

Disciples Rally 4 Family Justice

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 Rally 4 Family Justice.  We will gather at the convention center beginning at 2:45 p.m. in room 103. Then march to the State Capitol Grounds for a Rally/Press Conference. This event is being sponsored by several ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Go here for a flyer that can be downloaded to help get the word out about this important event.

General Assembly Resolution

Disciples will be considering a resolution at the General Assembly in Indianapolis, Indiana in July. GA-1723 on “Becoming Immigrant Welcoming Congregations.”  View the proposed resolution.

Don’t Deport My Dad

The 2017 Father’s Day Resources “Don’t Deport My Dad” includes: Our Immigration System’s Unjustly Impacts on Dads &  & Families & Prosecutorial Discretion Changes; Family Unity is Central to Our Religious Traditions; Impacts of Detention and Deportation on Families; and Children’s Letters for Dads.

Also included are: Impacts of Detention and Deportation on Faith Communities; Helping Families Prepare Emergency Care Plans; Stories of Detained & Departed Dads; Actions to Help Support of Fathers and A Prayer for Fathers.

Stand With Refugees

Friends,

Starting today, and every day this week, make a phone call to your Member of Congress to tell them that you want the United States to be a welcoming country for refugees. World Refugee Day is June 20 and it’s important we make our voices heard before then!

We’ve made it easy for you to join us:

  1. Call 1-844-4STAND5 (1-844-478-2635) to connect to your Members of Congress. Please call this number three times to connect to your two Senators and Representative. Tell them you want the U.S. to be a welcoming country for refugees & that you support a higher refugee admissions number and robust funding for refugee protections overseas and for refugees resettled here to the U.S.
  2. Ask your friends and your family to join in calling this week! Use #RefugeesWelcome #WRD2017

We hope you join the movement and get your friends to do the same!

Blessings to you!

Sharon

Refugee & Immigrant Welcome Sunday June 18, 2017

June is an especially appropriate time to lift up refugee and immigrant contributions and challenges, since June 20th is World Refugee Day.  Visit Welcome Sunday for more information.

New resources have been added to the Welcome Sunday page.

DHM & RIM Letter to Members of Congress

Disciples Home Missions and Refugee & Immigration Ministries Letter in Support of Refugee Protection & Resettlement on the Occasion of World Refugee Day 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2017
CONTACT: media@cwsglobal.org | 202.733.5151

CWS Statement on 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling Against President Trump’s Rewritten Refugee Ban ​

“The courts have spoken yet again in favor of justice and humanity. As CWS has maintained since January, President Trump’s ill-advised travel ban should never have been put into place at all. Americans across the country stand firmly against this un-American executive order, which further jeopardizes refugees’ safety, alienates us from our global allies, and compromises American leadership at time of heightened instability.

“We renew our call on all of our elected officials to do everything in their power  to denounce Trump’s Muslim and refugee ban and stand against any proposal that would dismantle refugee resettlement. Advocates nationwide will not back down until this takes place—nothing less will do.

“As we approach World Refugee Day and celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month this June, CWS continues to stand in unyielding solidarity with our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters that make our country truly great.”

Since 1946, Church World Service has supported refugees, immigrants and other displaced individuals, in addition to providing sustainable relief and development solutions to communities that wrestle with hunger and poverty. Learn more about our work and join our global homebase for refugee solidarity at GreaterAs1.org. Read CWS’ past press statements pertaining to the refugee and Muslim ban here.

New “Searching for Syria” Website

A powerful new website that gives global online audiences an informative and compelling insight into the Syrian refugee crisis, its staggering human cost and the world’s humanitarian response aimed at helping millions of Syrian families, forced from their homes by violence and persecution, survive and restore their dignity.

The “Searching for Syria” website (https://www.searchingforsyria.org ) combines UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) data and stories, Google Search Trends and other sources to deliver answers to the five most common queries that people around the world are asking about the Syrian refugee crisis. Check it out!

DHM Among Faith-Based Organizations to Sign Interfaith Amicus Briefs

Disciples Home Missions is one of the signers of the interfaith amicus briefs Morrison & Foerster filed last week on behalf of faith-based organizations that oppose the “travel ban” Executive Order.  The Fourth Circuit brief addressing the “six country ban” and its impact on refugees was filed Wednesday, April 19th, and the Ninth Circuit brief addressing both the six-country ban and the refugee provisions was filed Thursday, April 20th.

The entire Fourth Circuit, sitting “en banc” (meaning all the judges, rather than a panel of three judges), will hold oral argument on the case on Monday, May 8, in Richmond, Virginia, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The Ninth Circuit will hold oral argument the following week, Monday, May 15, in Seattle, Washington, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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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 entry of Jesus to Jerusalem, his suffering and his death, we watch with sadness and grief the tragic violence of the past several days throughout the Middle East. Our prayers, our solidarity, and our support are with the people of the region, as it remains a place of conflict in which innocent people become victims of senseless and horrible violence, and restrictions. Read the full statement.

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PRINT AND SIGN THE REFUGEE SUPPORT SPRING POSTCARD here to deliver to your in-district and Washington, D.C. legislative offices for your two Senators and Congressional Representative.