The ECC is one of many evangelical communities across the country who affirms the importance of engaging in this timely dialogue around immigration. Instead of reacting to already-polarized debates, the church has the opportunity to speak into and shape this issue as faithful witnesses relying on our biblical foundation and commitment to follow Christ. As The ECC, a historically immigrant church, we can continue to learn about and respond to the current immigration issues with compassion and justice.
The Christian Action Commission (CAC) writes resolutions on issues of public discipleship for the church to consider and vote on at denominational Annual Meetings. Since 2009, the CAC has adopted a new format for some topics that are more complex and require lengthier resolutions. These resolutions may be presented in draft format for the church to review over the first year, and subsequently adopt in its final format at the following year’s Annual Meeting. The year-long review process for resolutions is intended to help create time and space for engaging dialogue within the church, resulting in greater awareness, reflection, and education throughout the wider church on the topic addressed in a resolution, as well as provide opportunity for churches and individuals to submit comments or edits. The CAC partners with Love Mercy Do Justice and related partners on these resolutions.
The “2014 Immigration Resolution” was presented to the church with the intent of fostering dialogue, awareness, and feedback around a complex and often politicized issue. The Christian Action Commission (CAC) encourages churches to spend time reflecting on the resolution and learning about the topic addressed. A resource sheet has been provided by the CAC for church, small group, or individual use to help begin exploration of the topic. Thanks for joining the conversation and sharing (below) with the rest of the church your thoughts and resources on this important topic.
The Stranger (Film)“The Stranger” is a 40-minute documentary film commissioned by the Evangelical Immigration Table and produced by Emmy-award winning producer Linda Midgett. The Stranger profiles three immigrant stories and includes interviews with local and national Christian leaders.
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Prayer to Jesus, the Immigrant
Jesus, as an infant you fled to Egypt with your mother Mary and Joseph. You were a vulnerable family in a foreign land, looking for shelter and sustenance. Help us to welcome those like you who cross our borders today. Give us hearts of compassion, humane response, and laws that respect the dignity of all immigrants. Amen
The Immigration Alliance
The Evangelical Covenant Church is a member of The Immigration Alliance: a national, collaborative effort that equips churches across the country to provide critical immigration legal services to under-resourced immigrants. We do this through cultivating relationships among immigrants and churches in order that the Church might become an epicenter of multi-national welcome and community.
The Immigration Alliance’s affiliated churches provide fair, trustworthy immigration legal counsel to immigrants. These church-based sites, as well as their volunteers and staff, go through a rigorous accreditation process through the federal Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).