"Day of the Immigrant" Resources Available Now

7/11/2013

TAC missional leaders are urging all congregations in the conference to host a “Day of the Immigrant” – on September 15 if possible. Here’s a list of ideas on how to bring special emphasis to this people group, and insight as to why it is one of our denominational priorities.

 

Some churches might opt for a Saturday night program featuring a speaker who shares their personal experience with the difficulties of our nation’s immigration system. Some churches might opt to offer resources to small groups for a one-time discussion or for an ongoing long-term study. “Regardless of the when or the how, we are asking every church in the conference to celebrate The Day of the Immigrant on – or around Sunday, September 15,” says First UMC Conroe’s executive pastor, Reverend Scott Moore, who serves TAC as Chair of the Immigration Task Force and the Chair of Social Principles Implementation Ministries. “This can be done during regular Sunday morning worship services, Sunday School, other small groups, or other special worship services, prayer vigils, or public witness events during that weekend, unless the church prefers another date.” Adds Scott, “The idea is to draw attention to what we feel is a broken system that separates families and treats people inhumanely and with indignity.”

 

This idea came from the Center for Missional Excellence, the conference Board of Church and Society, and the Immigration Task Force. The Immigration Task Force assembled worship and study resources for churches to use, including suggested liturgies for worship and books and videos for small group study. “By handing these out to every delegate at Annual Conference during the clergy and lay opening sessions,” notes Scott, “our hope is that each delegate will encourage their home church to use them on September 15. More important than that particular date, we hope and pray that EVERY church in the conference will participate some time this year.”

 

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“We hope our local congregations will share their plans around this idea with the Conference office so that we can pursue positive media coverage for this essential need that is continually making headlines,” adds Diane.

 

Resources

 

Day of the Immigrant Resources

 

The Interfaith Immigration Coalition

 

The United Methodist Women

 

The United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society

 

National Justice for our Neighbors (A United Methodist Immigration Ministry)

 

These resources offer options and Pastor Moore can also help arrange speakers (DREAMer students) if anyone is interested.