When the alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:33-34
In a world becoming increasingly globalized, more people are leaving their homelands to seek better lives and opportunities in new countries. Their reasons for leaving are diverse and complex: economic necessity, war, or persecution. The U.S. has long been a nation of immigrants and we have consistently been conflicted about this. We gratefully welcome immigrants and their contributions, and we exclude them, discriminate against them and, at times, inflict grave harm upon them.
As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. We will learn how to respond to these new sisters and brothers residing among us.
10/9/13 - UCC Revs. Wayne Laws, Nancy Niero, Anne Dunlap, and Nancy Rosas came out to support the "Not One More - The Time is Now for Immigration Reform!" rally held in downtown Denver.
Immigrant Rights Sunday The first Sunday in May, May 4th, has been designated Immigrant Rights Sunday within the United Church of Christ. We urge 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.
Immigration reform bus tour makes a stop at Colorado church March 11, 2014 The Fast for Families Across America bus tour will stop in Aurora on March 12 for a press conference at Mountain View United Church UCC followed by a community meeting at the immigrant-rights organization Rights for All People later that evening.
UCC director arrested standing with undocumented women in D.C. September 12, 2013 Sandy Sorensen of the United Church of Christ joined about 100 women – 20 of whom are undocumented immigrants – outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday morning, Sept. 12, blockading the intersection outside the House of Representatives as a public protest to the House’s inaction on comprehensive and inclusive immigration reform that treats women and children fairly.
Why I Got Arrested Today With 20 Undocumented Women September 12, 2013 Commentary: A few minutes ago, I got arrested on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. I joined more than one hundred other women -- including 20 undocumented women -- to bring attention to our nation's horrendously unjust immigration system.
UCC immigration advocates continue fight for reform despite House delays July 16, 2013 As the U.S. House of Representatives stalls the progress of comprehensive immigration reform legislation, UCC immigrant rights advocates continue to make their voices heard. Various grassroots efforts will take place this week to keep the momentum behind the movement alive, despite Republican Speaker John Boehner's pledge not to call a House version of the immigration bill to a vote without majority support of his party, and the growing belief that the reform effort is dwindling.
United Church of Christ marches for comprehensive immigration reform July 1, 2013 In a visible witness for compassionate comprehensive immigration reform, advocates from the United Church of Christ took to the streets of Long Beach, Calif., on Monday as the General Synod voted to adopt a resolution supporting immigration reform and the protection of the human rights of immigrants.
Our work on this issue is rooted in policy voted on by our UCC General Synod. You can find General Synod Resolutions on immigration from GS XXVIIII (2013) GS XXVI (2007), GS XIII (2001), and GS XXII (1999).
Deportation 101 A Community Resource on Anti-Deportation Education and Organizing - revised May 2010 is a curriculum prepared by the Detention Watch Network, Families for Freedom, the Immigrant Defense Project of the National Lawyers Guild.
Understanding the DREAM Act The education of immigrant children is not only a smart investment; as an expression of the call to love our neighbors ad ourselves, it is also a moral imperative. The issues of immigration and immigration enforcement affect the children in immigrant families and the public schools that serve those children.