Happy Thanksgiving!  Published 11/27/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEGrandforks300x300

Thanksgiving is a uniquely refugee and immigrant-centered holiday. Today is a reminder of our tradition of welcoming and sharing with newcomers who seek a better future. I hope that we never forget these roots, and the importance of welcoming the sojourner. For Thanksgiving, St. Mark’s... more

Use Our 'Holiday Toolkit for Migrant Justice' and Take Action This Holiday Season  Published 11/26/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOME

Last week, millions across the county watched as President Obama announced his long-awaited Executive Action that provide temporary relief for the suffering of millions of our immigrant brothers and sisters living in the shadows and under constant threat of separation from their families. LIRS... more

Immigration Groups and Congress Respond to President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration  Published 11/25/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_national_alert2

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, President Obama released his highly anticipated Immigration Accountability Executive Actions, which included deportation relief for parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, as well as an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)... more

First Steps Guide Book Empowers New Americans to Navigate the U.S.'s Complex Laws  Published 11/24/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEFirstSteps300x300

As many of you know, migrants’ journeys do not end once they reach our borders. Here in the United States, they face a complex and daunting system of laws. It takes courage to leave everything you know, but it also takes courage to navigate America’s complicated system — from health care and... more

A Message from the President on Creating Welcoming Communities  Published 11/21/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEAmerican Flag 2

I just got an email from the White House with a thank you I want to share – because it is really intended for the amazing LIRS network of partners, churches, refugee and migrant leaders: In addition, and as a part of the President’s executive actions, we wanted to be sure that you specifically... more

President Obama's Executive Action Puts Families First  Published 11/21/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEWhiteHouse300x300

As you know, President Obama just released his highly-anticipated Executive Actions on immigration, which will provide much-needed, temporary relief for millions of families currently suffering under our broken immigration system. These significant changes include deportation relief for certain... more

An Aspiring Architect Paints from Baghdad to Philly – Through Courageous Eyes  Published 11/21/2014 in REDEFINING WELCOMEThroughCourageousEyes300x300

Today’s guest post is by Mayyadah Alhumssi, an Iraqi painter now of Philadelphia, whose work includes scenes from both Baghdad and Philly. Mayyadah works with the Philadelphia Refugee Mental Health Collaborative, which is a program of Lutheran Children and Family Service (LCFS). LCFS is... more