Immigration Workshop, Part 3: History of Immigration 

February 11, 2020

All welcome, whether returning or first time attendees.

If you know it, please be prepared to share on a Post-it note when your family came to the U.S. and from where and why.

At December’s Immigration Workshop # 2, small groups read three articles:  

  1. A brief history of the “UCC’s commitment to extravagant welcome and a church of revolutionary firsts, that included being in the forefront of the antislavery movement and the Civil Rights movement, the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry.”
  2. A story about a “U.S. Army veteran and green card holder with a felony drug conviction who began a hunger strike to protest his likely deportation, after a federal court denied his appeal to remain in the U.S., where he has lived since age 8”. (Chicago Tribute, February 1, 2018)
  3. 3.     A piece by Michael Chen titled “Who Profits from Our Prison Systems:  Mapping the corporations and firms with stakes in our jails, prisons, and immigrant detention centers. (August 2018)

 After hearing and reflecting on the readings, we were asked three questions:

  •  What is one word, phrase, or image that captured your attention?
  • What does forgiveness looks like to you?
  • What is God inviting you to do, be, or change?

Heartfelt listening and sharing ensued.  Following this, I was struck by Reverend Gurning’s words:  “Incarceration and economic benefits are built into our system. The system works as it is intended and the system is inhumane.”

Led again by Reverend Gurning, session 3 will cover immigration history. He is pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church in Shoreline and one of the co-founders of the Washington New Sanctuary Movement, a faith-based community protecting the rights of all immigrants and working for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.  Please join us Sunday, February 23 at 11:45 am for a session on Immigration Timeline and a light lunch.  All ages are welcome.

Anne Kiemle for the Immigration Ministry Team



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