'I Still Have Hope for Peace'  Published 10/2/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMERefugee holds sign for world peace.

Every autumn the world celebrates the International Day of Peace, which this year focused on "Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for All." Sedrick Ntwali is a former refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, founder and director of Young African Refugees for Integral Development, public... more

A Backpack Drive to Celebrate Refugee Sunday  Published 9/30/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (3)

This year, LIRS reached out to Lutheran congregations across the country, asking them to set aside a Sunday during the year, a Refugee Sunday, to celebrate the courageous journeys of refugees and the tremendous gifts they bring to our communities. [caption id="attachment_18782"... more

A Call for Compassion Toward All Refugees  Published 9/25/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (1)

By now you've seen countless emotional photos of Syrian refugees in camps and in boats crossing the Mediterranean. Perhaps you have also heard of the women and children kept in detention centers here in our country. In the midst of the largest global refugee crisis in history, Lutheran... more

Oh, I Remember: Reflections on the Syrian Refugee Crisis  Published 9/21/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (1)

Selena Sujoldzic, an LIRS Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy participant and Planning Committee member, shares her story in today’s post. She reflects on the crisis in Syria and gives us a firsthand look of the journey of a refugee fleeing violence and persecution. This moving account of... more