STATEMENT — LIRS Applauds Decision by 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to Uphold Maryland District Court Judge’s Decision

“As Christians, we are called to provide places of safety and protection for those fleeing danger. Today’s decision is a reminder that our American ideals of compassion, acceptance, and love should continue to prevail.”

STATEMENT — LIRS Urges Sufficient Funding to Welcome and Protect Refugees and Migrants in FY 2018 Budget Request

“LIRS urges Congress to remain consistent with our American tradition of welcome, and reject these needless cuts,” says Hartke. “Congress should allocate funding consistent with our values.”

Faith, Welcome, and the New Sanctuary Movement  Published in REDEFINING WELCOMESeafarersFamilysmall

We’re glad to welcome Pastor Marsh Drege to the Redefining Welcome blog this week as a guest writer. Pastor Drege is the Executive Director of Seafarers International House in New York City. Pastor Marsh Drege (center) with two asylees who... more

Refugee Sunday: How will you celebrate?  Published in REDEFINING WELCOMERefugee Sunday

For several years, we at LIRS have encouraged supporters to choose a Sunday to focus on refugees. Many... more

Be Not Afraid: Immigration Resources for Congregations  Published in REDEFINING WELCOMERightsCards

With many recent changes to immigration policies, many congregations and other community groups are asking about how to get involved in supporting their immigrant parishioners and neighbors. In a number of communities across the country, immigrants are being deported or fear being detained.... more