Refugees, asylum seekers and migrants come to the United States seeking safety, security, freedom and opportunity, but instead many experience suffering as they fear raids, deportation, and witness their families being torn apart. A 2017 UCC national General Synod Resolution calls on UCC congregations and settings to become an Immigrant Welcoming Church.
The UCC engages in support for asylum seekers because of and through the lens of faith. Worship, ritual and theological articulation are central to why and how the UCC supports people seeking asylum.
Praising God and caring for one another as God’s children is the heart of who we are as Christians
The UCC advocates for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and connects with members of Congress on particular legislation and policy actions that will support Asylum Seekers in the United States.
The UCC encourages congregations and individuals to mobilize for public witness in support of people seeking asylum in the United States. Public witness is important within every local community in the U.S. and in collective actions in locations close to the U.S. southern border.
--Order and Display Lawn Sign for Epiphany
#WelcomeRefugees, #WelcomeAsylumSeekers, #WelcomeChrist
Accompaniment & Shelter
Local UCC congregations and national networks are physically accompanying people seeking asylum in the United States through short-term sheltering, personal accompaniment through the asylum legal process and connecting with local resources in communities throughout the U.S.
--Participate in 2019 Webinar on ways to Provide Welcome and Support for Asylum Seekers in your Community. More information coming.