Rooted in Lutherans’ faithful and caring response to the challenges facing uprooted peoples, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service celebrates strong collaborative relationships with three national Lutheran church bodies. They are the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod LC-MS, and the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (LELCA).

Each denomination brings commitment to following God’s call to love the sojourner, the experience of being an immigrant church, and the leadership to make ministry with migrants and refugees a priority. Each contributes financially to the mission and is represented on our board of directors.

Partners in advocacy as well as service, the three national Lutheran bodies engage with members of Congress and speak out on immigration issues by writing letters to United Nations and U.S. government officials, making public statements, carrying out theological studies, authoring opinion pieces, and mobilizing advocates.