The first Sunday in May has been designated Immigrant Rights Sunday within the United Church of Christ. Justice and Witness Ministries and Wider Church Ministries are urging congregations to lift up immigrants on this day: to learn about their concerns, honor their contributions to our country and communities, hear their pain, pray for their well-being, and listen to hear where God is leading us regarding issues of immigration.
Welcoming the stranger is an edict from God to the people of God (Deuteronomy 10:17-19). But too often the strangers among us are rejected and treated like enemies.
On the first Sunday in May, Congregations are encouraged to include stories about immigrants in their worship service. This is an opportunity to learn their stories and share them.