Immigrant Welcoming Congregations

Journey to Becoming Immigrant Welcoming Congregations

Fifteen people were invited to participate in the Rapid Response Training at the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C. by Bill Mefford in September.  Among the 15 were (pictured from left to right) Sandy Sypherd, the Prairie Rivers District’s (Nebraska) Risk-taking Mission and Justice coordinator; Javier Rios, Kansas East Conference Hispanic Ministries Coordinator; and Sergio Tristan, Kansas West Conference Hispanic Ministries Coordinator.  The goal of this training was to find ways to become "Immigrant Welcoming Congregations.”  
Welcoming immigrants is an opportunity to receive God’s grace. At the center of our Christian faithfulness to Scripture is the call to love and welcome the sojourner.  Becoming “Immigrant Welcoming Congregations” is a journey to deepen and widen the involvement of congregations working for immigrant justice. We want to live out our faith into action and invite people to deepen their understanding and build relationships based on mutuality and love.


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