Our God loves the strangers and commands us to do likewise.
Los Angeles County is home to more than one million undocumented immigrants. More than two-thirds live in mixed immigration status households with children or other relatives that are US citizens. Undocumented immigrants are us: members of our churches, members of our family, relatives of church staff, residents in the communities where our churches minister, people we love.
God calls us to love the strangers among us. But how? What are ways that congregations can effectively and meaningfully show God’s love and minister with undocumented persons?
“Loving the Stranger: A Congregational Training for Ministry with Undocumented Immigrants” is designed to help every congregation in our synod learn a variety of ways people of faith can assist and protect undocumented persons including providing welcome, accompaniment and spiritual solidarity, document preparation, practical support and physical protection. Every congregation in our synod is urged to send a representative to build our capacity as the Body of Christ to minister to the urgent needs of the undocumented in our area.
The workshop will be led by Pastor Alexia Salvatierra, a long-time Lutheran leader in immigration reform and working with undocumented persons. This event is sponsored by the Southwest California Synod of the ELCA and organized by the Synod Taskforce for Sacred Solidarity and Sanctuary, and will take place at the SWCA Synod Offices, 1300 E. Colorado Street, Glendale, California 91205
Attendance is free, and lunch will be provided. If you have any questions, please email Pastor Stephanie Jaeger at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 968-7038.