STORIES & RELATIONSHIPS CHANGE HEARTS & MINDS.

Episcopal Migration Ministries works daily to teach the values of welcome and inclusion, and how refugees and immigrants make our communities
and our country stronger.
We offer a variety of educational resources, trainings, and support to individuals, congregations, and communities seeking to learn more about how they can be welcomers.

Pray, Learn, Engage

The start of a new academic year, even if you’re not a student, can feel like a time to begin again. To start something new. To re-focus and center yourself.

For people of faith, it can also be a time to deepen your prayer life, learn something new, and engage in the work of social justice in new ways.

The Fall 2019 Pray, Learn, Engage series invites individuals, study groups, congregations to join EMM’s Partners in Welcome, learn from our online courses (Learning Modules), and participate in our growing online learning community and ministry network.

Request the curriculum.

The curriculum may be used at any time of year. New editions will be released annually.

Study & Worship Materials

As a faith-based organization, EMM strives to create quality faith-based and other curricula and worship materials to teach, form, and equip faith communities and the wider community to welcome their newest neighbors with compassion, loving-kindness, and generosity of spirit.

  • Epiphany Bible Study – The Season after Epiphany is important for EMM. It is in this season that we read the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 2, and learn why the Holy Family became refugees. EMM offers two free Bible studies based on Epiphany readings for Revised Common Lectionary Years B & C. Both are adaptable for any time of year. Request the 2019 Year C Curriculum. Request the Year B Curriculum.
  • Refugee Sunday Toolkit – EMM offers a comprehensive toolkit that guides congregations through the process of planning and hosting a Refugee Sunday, including tips for additional activities to welcome the wider community into this special day. Request here.
  • Refugee Film Series – For World Refugee Day 2018, POV, television’s longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films, is highlighting five films about the Syrian refugee crisis. Learn more at EMM’s World Refugee Day page.
  • Prayers of the People for Refugees & Displaced People – These beautiful Prayers of the People were composed specially for Episcopal Migration Ministries.
  • Prayer for Refugees – from Church of the Mediator, Allentown, PA, Diocese of Bethlehem

Do you have study materials, prayers, or liturgies to share? Let us know!

Supporting Asylum Seekers: A Toolkit for Congregations

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.”

Learn more and request the toolkit.

Hometown Podcast

The Hometown podcast launched in February 2018 and is getting ready to launch Season 3!

We bring you interviews with men and women who were resettled to the US as refugees and tell their amazing stories.

We give you history and current events surrounding the largest refugee crisis the world has ever known.

We reflect on scripture and we pray.

Do you have a story to tell? Would you like to be an interview guest, reflection author, or background expert on the podcast? Let us know!

Subscribe on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Stitcher, and find episodes and additional material on our blog.

Love God, Love Neighbor

Love God, Love Neighbor (LGLN) is an intensive three-day training that equips participants to be advocates, allies, and ambassadors for refugees and the ministry of refugee resettlement. LGLN provides an in-depth exploration of the global displacement crisis, US refugee policy, the refugee resettlement process, faith-based advocacy for refugees, and organizing to welcome and support refugees in your home community. The training is expanding to include conversations about broader immigration issues, racial reconciliation and justice, and asset-based community development.

Our last LGLN training was held in Washington, D.C., in June 2019.

We are actively seeking partners to help host these events. If you’d like to explore bringing LGLN to your community, diocese/province, or state, please contact us.

Request a Speaker

EMM staff and volunteer ambassadors often speak and give presentations to congregations, community groups, in academic settings, and more, to explain the global refugee crisis, US resettlement, EMM’s ministry, and how individuals and groups can be involved in the work of welcome.

Would you like to host an EMM speaker at your event?

Support EMM’s Ministry of Education

Support Episcopal Migration Ministries and our ministry of education by making a gift today.

Your generosity supports the creation of quality educational and worship materials, trainings and events, and new content and media that share the message of hope, welcome, inclusion, and love.

Download our 2018 Annual Report.
We know that a rising tide lifts all boats, and that by welcoming refugees, we make our communities and our country stronger.

Then the King will say…

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…

Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me.”

– Matthew 25: 34-40, paraphrased

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