Getting Going Again – Welcome The Immigrant

Getting Going Again – Welcome The Immigrant

WelcomeTheImmigrant.com was a website started by a group of churches in North Carolina that were concerned over how what they perceived was rising anti-immigrant rhetoric and sentiment in North Carolina. As such it is a good example of one kind of religious response to immigration. 

SB 145 Debate Not in Accordance with Matthew 25

SB 145 Debate Not in Accordance with Matthew 25

Article by: Jennie Belle, Immigration and Farmworkers Director Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee of the North Carolina General Assembly discussed SB 145, an anti-immigrant bill that would expand the 287g program, ​ thereby allowing local law enforcement to act as ICE officials and forcing​ NC university system institutions to 

Video of Webinar: Loving Our Neighbors in a New Administration (con subtítulos)

Video of Webinar: Loving Our Neighbors in a New Administration (con subtítulos)

Article by: Jennie Belle, Immigration and Farmworkers Director Did you miss our webinar, ““Loving Our Neighbors in a New Administration?” If so, please watch the one-hour video below to learn ways to protect immigrants and refugees in the wake of new, harmful federal legislation as well as 

Answering your Questions about Sanctuary

Answering your Questions about Sanctuary

Article by: Aleta Payne, Deputy Executive Director President Trump’s recent executive actions impacting refugees and immigrants have faithful people increasingly interested in how they might support our sisters and brothers being impacted. Court decisions have offered a reprieve, but the administration’s determination to make many newcomers to 

Blessed not Blocked or Banned

Blessed not Blocked or Banned

Article by: Aleta Payne, Deputy Executive Director This Sunday’s Gospel reading was the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-12. Jesus says blessed nine times, but he never says blocked or banned. When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to 

The Threat is not from Immigrants and Refugees

The Threat is not from Immigrants and Refugees

Article by: Aleta Payne, Deputy Executive Director The Council has had a busy weekend. Much of the staff was helping with the Beyond Gun Violence Conference at United Church of Chapel Hill, but we also had folks at the Duke Divinity School event on embodying sanctuary. Both had been in 

Sanctuary, Not Deportation

Sanctuary, Not Deportation

Article by: Jennie Belle, Immigration and Farmworkers Director First in a series of three blogs. God calls people of faith to remember that they once were strangers in a strange land and they must, must welcome the stranger as an expression of covenant faithfulness. (Leviticus 19:33-34) 

Advent Calendar to Support Immigrants and Refugees

Advent Calendar to Support Immigrants and Refugees

Today when I logged onto Facebook, among all the heartbreaking news in our world (some from credible sources, others questionable), I was taken with a graphic shared by Hacking Christianity, a blog that engages in conversations about faith using the lenses of progressive theology, technology, and geek 

Mourn, Pray, Serve, Organize

Mourn, Pray, Serve, Organize

Last week’s election has left a lot of people filled with anxiety and uncertainty, especially our brothers and sisters who immigrated here. Millions of people who have come here from other countries or whose families did so, often because they were fleeing violence and persecution, 

Dia de los Muertos: Honor for the Dead; Justice for the Living

Dia de los Muertos: Honor for the Dead; Justice for the Living

Article by: Aleta Payne, Deputy Executive Director By Nina Voli, Duke Divinity School Intern Historically, the celebration of Halloween has its origins in the Celtic festival of Samhain, a pagan commemoration of the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, conceived as a