Religion, Parents, & Economics — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere


As the struggle for immigration reform continues, advocates are focusing on the moral impact of changing the currently broken system. In this week’s edition of the Friday Top Picks, I’d like to highlight a video post from Will Coley of Detention Watch Network which discusses the current hunger strike at the White House. Sojourner’s Jim […]

Washing Feet: Guest Post by Matt Herzberg

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Today, I’m delighted to share a guest post by Matt Herzberg, LIRS Manager for Congregational Outreach. Many of us will gather in our congregations for worship tonight and participate in the practice of foot washing, mimicking the story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. The story is a staggering display of humility and a […]

HEADLINES: Immigration — April 17, 2014


Support for immigration reform continues to increase as advocates use every effort to gain the attention of elected officials. Visit our blog every Thursday for HEADLINES: Immigration. I’ll bring you all the most important and up-to-date news on the immigration debate. O’Malley’s Border Mass: Catholics for Reform [The Boston Globe] Congress Must Stop Hiding from […]

‘We are Living Out Our Mission in Welcome,’ Says Pastor Ben Krey

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We were lucky enough to catch a conversation with Pastor Ben Krey, of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, in Philadelphia, while he was in his doctor’s waiting room. As a pastor who truly lives the mission of welcome, he had injured his leg while playing with the children of a Bhutanese refugee family that Prince of Peace […]

‘Aimee to Attend World Refugee Day in D.C.!’ — Lutheran Services of Georgia Blogs on Aimee Zangandou’s Leadership in D.C.

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We’re thrilled about the celebrations in place to commemorate 500,000 lives transformed through LIRS and Lutheran ministries over the past 75 years. One of the ways we are celebrating is through training former refugees to advocate for others who are still on the journey to safety.   Aimee Zangandou is one of the outstanding former […]

‘Reading Pastor Lobbies for Immigration Reform’ — Reading Eagle Reports on Pastor Bruce Osterhout’s Visit to Capitol Hill

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As newspapers across the country are reporting, we in the faith community are not giving up on fair and just immigration reform. Recently, the Reading Eagle reported on Pastor Bruce Osterhout’s visits with Pennsylvania representatives on Capitol Hill as part of the Lutheran Immigration Leadership Summit. Reading Eagle reporter Anthony Orozco writes that Pastor Bruce […]

Immigration Reform 2014: THE UPDATE for Monday April 14


Immigration reform is seeing a rejuvenated push. The question is, will it become a reality in 2014? Here to keep you up-to-date on the debate and legislative progress every Monday is THE UPDATE, a weekly blog series whose panel of experts will analyze how recent events affect the prospects for real reform. The panelists will […]

‘A Vibrant Example of Christ’s Healing,’ — Dr. Holly Hoffman Shares her Life-Saving Services to Migrants and Refugees

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Dr. Holly Hoffman lives out her faith through serving the most vulnerable in her community: migrants and refugees who are uninsured and uninsurable. On days off from her full-time job as a pediatric practitioner, she provides prenatal care, dental care, and acts as Medical Director for Christ Lutheran Health Ministries. Due to her service, her […]

‘Asylum Insanity: Welcome to the Land of the Free,’ — The Village Voice Cites Megan Bremer, LIRS Access to Justice Staff Attorney

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The Village Voice recently explored the topic of immigration detention, bringing attention to the many harmful effects it can have on immigrants, especially victims of torture and those seeking asylum. Through the story of a young Somali man who fled his home country in search of safety and security in the United States, author Keegan […]

Deportation, Fasts, & President Obama — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere


The nation’s capital was buzzing this week as the Fast For Families bus pulled into town. An additional hunger strike was held on the White House Lawn as advocates continued to fight for the President’s attention. In this week’s edition of the Friday Top Picks, I’d like to highlight a post from Lisa Sharon Harper who discusses the […]