Immigration / Refugees


Immigrant Welcoming Conference

After a year of study, at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Conference, the delegates voted to become an Immigrant Welcoming Conference.  You can download the resolution here: Immigrant Welcoming Conference Resolution


Immigration Working Group

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.

IMMIGRANT WELCOMING STORY

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.


WANT TO TAKE ACTION?

  • Members of this group are available to work with congregations who are considering becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation, or who would like to know more about the process.
  • For information about how to resettle an immigrant family, please contact Bobbie Kuhn.
  • Our Hispanic Cultural Awareness Resource person is Martha Boyer.

 


RESOURCES FOR CONGREGATIONS

Becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Congregationa study guide from the United Church of Christ

Becoming Welcoming Communities Study Guide and Session Handouts from the Wisconsin Council of Churches

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

Sanctuary Not Deportation: A Faithful Witness to Building Welcoming Communities toolkit

Refugee Welcome Toolkit from Refugees Welcome

United Church of Christ immigration resources

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:

webinar recording

PowerPoint slides from webinar (PDF)

Oregon New Sanctuary Movement Faith and Immigration Study Guide

ESTHER Faith Communities United for Justice offers “Walk in Our Shoes” – a simulation event designed to bring community awareness to the challenges Latinos face. Flyer

Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Borderlinks

Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans

Interfaith Immigration Coalition

Church World Service

Derechos Humanos

Frontera de Cristo

Humane Borders

No More Deaths

Witness for Peace

Migration Policy Institute

National Immigration file

National Day Labor Organizing Network

 

Contacts

Contact Person: Lisa Hart
Email Lisa

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.

Stories

Immigrant Welcoming Congregation

Refugee Resettlement

Resources

The Sanctuary Movement and Legal Risks, UCC Office of General Counsel

Immigrant Welcoming Conference Resolution

Refugee Welcome Toolkit from Refugees Welcome

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