Blessing Not Burden | August 30, 2018
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Today, 68.5 million people around the world are displaced, including 25.4 million refugees—the highest number in recorded history. It’s estimated that a person is displaced every 20 minutes.

The U.S. is quickly reversing our nation’s long history as a world leader in refugee protection and resettlement.

As part of the many ways that the church is called to extend welcome—through personal relationships of love and mutuality, through embracing of the gifts of immigrants and refugees in communities, through sharing of faith and life in congregations — your voice in advocating for political solutions can also contribute to a hopeful solution to this tragedy.

How will you be a welcoming presence today? Here are some ideas!

Support Refugee Resettlement

The CRCNA has joined other faith groups to speak out for higher refugee numbers in the U.S. — at minimum to meet the 45,000 goal set for refugee arrivals this year, and to commit to resettling 75,000 refugees next year. You can raise your voice too! Ask Congress to support refugee resettlement!

Worship Resources for Radical Hospitality

Check out these excellent worship resources for radical hospitality and welcoming migrants and refugees created by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship!

The resources include relevant Bible verses, prayers, and hymn and song suggestions, along with explanations for why those resources fit the theme of radical hospitality. Find the resources here.

#Pray4Refugees and #Welcome75K

In these technological times, anyone can make an impact through social media, and when we do it together, it is more powerful. You can post your #Pray4Refugees prayers or creative #Welcome75K ideas, and be part of the online chorus calling for change. Check out the hashtags for ideas, and remember to tag your lawmakers! A list of Twitter handles for Members of Congress can be found here.

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Share facts, learn truths, get smart: Church Between Borders Immigration Workshop

Our Church Between Borders workshops are filling up fast! How can your church engage the issue of immigration? Host Church Between Borders! This is an interactive workshop that sparks thought and discussion for groups interested in engaging immigration from a Biblical perspective. To learn more and sign up visit our Church Between Borders website!

Justice Mobilization Specialist

Our beloved Kelsey Herbert has taken a new job in Washington, D.C., so we’re looking for a new Justice Mobilization Specialist. This person will support U.S. CRCNA congregations in learning, involvement, and effective advocacy on a range of justice issues. Apply by September 7! Learn more »

In Case You Missed It

  • We are still expecting the administration’s announcement of a rule-change that would make legal immigration much more difficult by expanding the scope of who is considered "public charge", or a financial burden on society. It is projected that over 10 million immigrants would be affected by this proposal. Sign up here to be alerted for ways to act when this rule change is announced.
  • Ontario Mayor Opens Home to Syrian Refugees:Eric Duncan, the mayor of North Dundas, Ont., opened his home to a family of five Syrian refugees, who lived there for nearly six months. Duncan, saying he wanted the family to have a smooth transition to Canada, moved in with his mother while he continued to serve as mayor. The arrangement gave parents Dania Al Muazzen and Adel Al Ghorani a space to raise their three children while saving money to open a store. They have settled in North Dundas, thanks to 20 people in the community who raised enough money in 2015 to privately sponsor the family from war-torn Syria. After a five-month stay, the family has moved into their own rental unit in town.