SUPPORTING ASYLUM SEEKERS:
A TOOLKIT FOR CONGREGATIONS

Supporting Asylum Seekers

We are living at a time when refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants are often in the news and too often considered a political “issue.” These people are not a political issue; they are human beings and children of God in desperate need. We can help meet those needs, while also lifting up the vulnerable so that they can stand on their own. This toolkit provides guidance and resources for congregations who want to support asylum seekers and welcome their newest neighbors. Welcoming our neighbors as we would welcome Christ is not a political issue; it is an issue of our identity as followers of Jesus, as members of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement, and as people who made promises at our baptisms.

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

To these questions, together we answer with a resounding, “We will, with God’s help.”

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WEBINAR: Intro to Supporting Asylum Seekers Toolkit

Thursday, December 12, 4:00-5:30pm ET

Join Episcopal Migration Ministries on Thursday, December 12, 4-5:30pm ET, for an overview and introduction to the new resource, Supporting Asylum Seekers: A Toolkit for Congregations. Presenters and practitioners from across the country and The Episcopal Church will speak to group discernment, ministry models, and important considerations when engaging in ministry with asylum seekers.

We hope and pray that this toolkit empowers you and your congregation to discern and live into the ministry of welcome to which you are uniquely called, and inspires you to continue building a relationship with EMM in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

If you have a ministry model to share, a story to tell, a case study to offer, suggested edits, or other items that should be included in future editions of Supporting Asylum Seekers: A Toolkit for Congregations, please let us know.

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