The NC Council of Churches is pleased to announce the publication of a brand new biblically based curriculum on immigration issues, entitled Becoming the Church Together: Immigration, the Bible & Our New Neighbors. Designed to facilitate constructive discussion, this flexible curriculum guides small groups through the many aspects of this topic with an emphasis on studying the Bible together.
Why immigration? Immigration is more than just a hot-button political issue, it’s about how we as Christians respond to our new neighbors. Over the last 20 years the Latino population of North Carolina has grown by 1000%, and churches across the state are wrestling with how to be faithful to the Gospel while dealing with complicated questions about laws, economics, and status.
Ideas For Action
There are many ways for your congregation to get involved:
- Sign up for our immigration updates.
- Pick up free copies of the NC Council of Churches’ new Bible study: “Becoming the Church Together.”
- Host a community dialogue event that focuses on immigration (visit www.unitingnc.org to learn more).
- Host a film screening, such as Gospel Without Borders, to learn more about people who are affected by immigration.
- Teach a Sunday-school or small group class on immigration.
Sign Our Statement
As people of faith and conscience from across North Carolina, we believe that our calling is to welcome immigrants, offering them hospitality and justice. While we recognize that immigration policy is a complex issue that divides people of goodwill, our faiths compel us to stand with immigrants in their struggle for justice. We confess that, all too often, we have remained silent.
We remember the words of Moses when he said, “Do not mistreat foreigners living in your land, but treat them just as you treat your own citizens. Love foreigners as you love yourselves, because you were foreigners one time in Egypt” (Leviticus 19:33-34).
We remember the words of Jesus when he said, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35).
We remember the words of the Qur’an when it says, “Do good unto your parents, and near of kin, and unto orphans, and the needy, and the neighbor from among your own people, and the neighbor who is a stranger, and the friend by your side, and the wayfarer…” (An-Nisa 4:36).
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