In the current worldwide wave of migration, how should we respond with love and justice to refugees and immigrants, whom Scripture commends to our care as the "strangers who live among us"?
Christian ethics can provide "the appropriate moral framework for understanding, and conducting, our immigration debates," Peter Meilaender observes, "by directing us to weigh the needs of outsiders against the defense of the life we share with our fellow citizens."
Michele Pistone and John Hoeffner review church statements--by Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Evangelical groups--concerning who has the right to migrate, where these individuals can migrate, and how they should be treated in receiving countries. "For our union to become more perfect," they conclude, "churches must continue not only to talk about but also to walk with immigrants." To help congre- gations "teach newcomers the rich language, history, and hope of our nation, and guide them through a complex and confusing immigration system," Richard Muņoz surveys the legal environment regarding immigration so that we can "overcome our fears and act responsibly for the good of the Kingdom."
Christian Reflection is an ideal resource for discipleship training in the church. Multiple copies are available for group study at $3.00 per copy.
The study guides and lesson plans integrate Bible study, prayer, and worship to help us negotiate the boundaries of citizenship and faithful discipleship as we care for immigrants. The guides can be used in a series or individually. You may download and reproduce them for personal or group use.
"Planning for Immigration," by Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C.
Study Guides and Lesson Plans (Download the set of five Study Guides)