Saturday, December 19, 2009

Lutherans and Immigration

I'd like to invite you to join me in study on a topic I care about deeply. Tuesdays in January, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., we'll gather together to discuss the book They Are Us: Lutherans and Immigration. This book was written by Ralston Deffenbaugh, the president of Lutheran and Immigration and Refugee Service, and Stephen Bouman, director of Evangelical Outreach and Congregational Mission for the ELCA. He was formerly bishop of the Metro New York Synod where he ministered with immigrants.

Some kind of comprehensive immigration reform will be on the table with congress this year, and it is important for those of us who are people of faith, who are descended from immigrants, and who desire to fulfill the biblical mandate to welcome the stranger and refugee in our midst, to learn more about the current immigration debate, and the Lutheran voice in the midst of that debate.

Would you consider joining me in this important study? We'll meet in our church council room. We'll have hot cider and coffee on, and I guarantee a lively and enriching conversation.

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