Dean Lauma Zusevics of the Latvian Lutheran Church in America to be Consecrated as Archbishop  Published 4/17/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMELaumaPrayer300x300

I’m deeply honored to share that Dean Lauma Zusevics of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (LELCA/LELBA) will be... more

The Music of Pre-Hispanic Instruments – Through Courageous Eyes  Published 4/17/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEThroughCourageousEyes300x300

Today’s Through Courageous Eyes post features Gerardo Calderón, leader of the musical group Grupo Condor. Calderón was mentioned in a previous LIRS blog post called “Flower and Song” Poetry of Mesoamerica – Through Courageous Eyes for his collaborative work with the poet Cindy Williams... more

I Never Thought I Would Be a Refugee: LIRS Academy Graduate Shares Her Courageous Journey  Published 4/16/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEFaithCooper300x300

Today, I'd like to share the continued conversation with Faith Akovi Cooper, LIRS Academy graduate and former refugee from Liberia. Last... more

Separation and Safety – Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere  Published 4/16/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (4)

With the Syrian conflict extending past four years now, the number of refugees has nearly reached four million. So far only 6% have been resettled to third countries, and only a few hundred to the United States. As the country prepares to accept more Syrian refugees in the coming years, we... more

HEADLINES: Immigration – April 15, 2015  Published 4/15/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEbutton_icon_immigration_headlines

The damaging effects of the mistreatment of detainees and harsh immigration policies have come to light this past week. In the face of this, courageous migrants and their supporters have fought for changes to these policies and practices. Visit our blog for HEADLINES: Immigration. I’ll bring you... more

LIRS to Host Workshops on Family Immigration Detention at Ecumenical Advocacy Days  Published 4/15/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEIncarceration300x300

This Friday, over a thousand people of faith from across the country will travel to Washington, DC for the 13th Annual National Gathering of Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice. Every year, Ecumenical Advocacy Days chooses a different theme and this year's gathering will... more

The Frequently Asked Questions of Family Detention  Published 4/14/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEJail

A devastating number of families fled violence in Central America throughout 2014. But instead of offering critical protection to these families, our government has confined them in detention centers. As family immigration detention continues to grow, LIRS's actions have only become more... more