Showing posts with tag: immigrants

23 FEBRUARY 2018

Accompanying Immigrants, Or Others

Accompanying or walking with someone who feels vulnerable or threatened can offer something intangible—the gift of reassurance. Widely used for immigrants facing deportation, it’s a commitment to be present and bear witness to their struggle. Beyond the immigrant community, accompaniment methods are being used with persons and families struggling with poverty or addiction. Such actions […]

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People of diverse cultures and backgrounds holding hands
10 JUNE 2017

How To Build Community Between Immigrants And Non-immigrants

A good many congregations are located in communities that are changing demographically. The influx of immigrants into the neighborhood might present a unexpected challenge, particularly when these new Americans come from parts of the world known only through news media reports, not real life experience. Intercambio, a non-profit organization in Boulder, Colorado, sponsors English education […]

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16 FEBRUARY 2017

Supporting Immigrants Right From Baptism

A Catholic priest serving a culturally mixed parish, with both native-born and immigrant members, found a way to strengthen support for newborn immigrants in his charge.  The key:  linking that support to the rite of baptism. Father Dajean served six rural Mississippi parishes—four Hispanic and two Anglo that were both geographically and socially distant. The […]

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Removing Economic Barriers to Citizenship (Video)

How can congregations remove barriers to citizenship?  The Resurrection Project thinks small dollar loans can help.  TRP got its start in 1990 when six parishes in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood offered $5,000 each in seed money to address the issues of blight, violence and neglect.   In the past 25 years, the organization that started with […]

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