The “2014 Proposed Immigration Resolution” is presented to the church with the intent of fostering dialogue, awareness, and feedback around a complex and often politicized issue.
The Evangelical Covenant Church is one of many evangelical communities across the country who affirms the importance of engaging in this timely dialogue. 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. This resolution invites the Evangelical Covenant Church, a historically immigrant church, to learn about and respond to current immigration issues with compassion and justice so that we may potentially shape the current conversation on immigration for the good of all.
Individuals and churches were invited to submit comments, edits, resources, and thoughts regarding the draft resolution to the Christian Action Commission (CAC) in 2013. This input was being considered by the CAC in preparing the final resolution for the Gather 2014.
The CAC encourages churches to spend some 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.
Background on this Resolution
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 has partnered with the Department of Compassion, Mercy, and Justice and related partners on this resolution and thanks all who have already contributed.