A resolution to become an Immigrant Welcoming Conference was introduced at the 2016 Annual Meeting. The vote to begin a year of study on this topic passed with strong support at the meeting. This kicks off a study period in which congregations are asked to engage in a study process of their choosing. Resources to assist with the study are available below. Also the Immigration Working Group is available to provide support during the year of study.
The process calls for at least 30% of Wisconsin Conference congregations to report that they have engaged in some study. At the annual meeting in June 2017, the vote to formally adopt the resolution will be held.
See the study materials and submission form below and on the lower right.
The Immigration Working Group is a group of clergy and lay leaders who are concerned about issues around immigration. We are connected with the National Collaborative on Immigration through Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ. We work to stay informed about and provide support for efforts in our local congregations to support refugees and immigrants, including those who are seeking asylum in the United States of America.
By March 1, 2017:
By the 2017 Annual Meeting:
First Congregational UCC in Janesville has voted to become an immigrant welcoming congregation, after several months of study. Taking their commitment seriously, they already have plans in place to take action, and they invite other churches to join in. Read their story: Immigrant Welcoming Congregation.
Here are two study guides your congregation can use to guide your discussion and study of this issue.
-Becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation, United Church of Christ
-Becoming Welcoming Communities Study Guide and Session Handouts from the Wisconsin Council of Churches
Once you’ve completed your study, please be sure to complete the Immigrant Welcoming Conference congregation study response form and send it to the Conference office. The deadline for forms to be submitted is March 1, 2017.
The Sanctuary Movement and Legal Risks, from the United Church of Christ Office of General Counsel
What Scripture Says about Refugees by Rev. Laura Yurs
Becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Community article from First Congregational – La Crosse
Example of an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation Statement from First Congregational UCC, Janesville
The following two materials are from the Interfaith Immigration Coalition and Refugees Welcome webinar on November 15, 2016. These resources may be useful as your congregation studies the issue of immigration and our faith:
Oregon New Sanctuary Movement Faith and Immigration Study Guide
Contact Person: Lisa Hart
Family Resettlement information:
Email Bobbie Kuhn
Hispanic Cultural Awareness Resource:
Email Martha Boyer
UCC National Collaborative on Immigration – Google Group
Rev. Noel Andersen, co-coordinator of the UCC National Collaborative on Immigration
Email Noel Anderson
Refugees Welcome, a coalition of humanitarian, religious, and non-profit organizations working together to create welcoming communities for refugees.
The Sanctuary Movement and Legal Risks, UCC Office of General Counsel
Scroll down the page for additional resources on the left.