'Local Ukrainian-Jewish Refugee Helping Other Refugees,' First Coast News Reports  Published 4/23/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMELSS JAX 300

For nearly 35 years, Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida (LSS) in Jacksonville, Florida has provided refugee services in partnership with LIRS and other social service ministries. Through resettlement and placement, integration assistance, employment services and other programs, LSS has... more

Spotlight on St. Isabel’s Lutheran Church, Elizabeth, New Jersey — Rebuilding Hope  Published 4/21/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEIglesias Luterana Sant Isabel 300

We love to highlight the inspiring work with refugees and immigrants undertaken by churches across the nation. This story of St. Isabel’s Lutheran Church in New Jersey comes to you from our monthly newsletter, Rebuilding Hope. Pastor Collazo and his congregation at St. Isabel’s have a... more

Religion, Parents, & Economics — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 4/18/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_top_picks

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... more

Washing Feet: Guest Post by Matt Herzberg  Published 4/17/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEMatthewHerzbergPic 300

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... more

HEADLINES: Immigration — April 17, 2014  Published 4/17/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_immigration_headlines

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... more

'We are Living Out Our Mission in Welcome,' Says Pastor Ben Krey   Published 4/16/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEPrince of Peace Welcome Home 300

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... more

‘Aimee to Attend World Refugee Day in D.C.!’ — Lutheran Services of Georgia Blogs on Aimee Zangandou’s Leadership in D.C.  Published 4/16/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMELSG Logo 300

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... more