Neighbor to Neighbor is not a program so much as a network, connecting newly arrived asylum seekers with an Episcopal congregation in their new, local community.
Rooted in the local community, and in real-time, incarnate relationships between neighbors old and new, Neighbor to Neighbor provides a simple, supported way for Episcopalians to accompany newcomers to our country who both need so much, and have so much to give.
Once congregations discern a call to join the network, communication with Neighbor to Neighbor becomes regular, reliable, and robustly supportive. Ongoing conversation and live communities of practice are designed to support Neighbor Congregations throughout their ministry, as they, in turn, support asylum seekers.
Here’s how it works:
- Congregations discern, plan, and decide to join Neighbor to Neighbor (Please click here for a discernment guide).
- Lay led congregational groups prepare to accompany local asylum seekers through an eight-week course of training facilitated by Neighbor to Neighbor.
- Newly arrived asylum seekers request assistance and are connected to a local Neighbor Congregation.
- Neighbor Congregations continue to be supported by Neighbor to Neighbor through bi-weekly intra-congregation communities of support, listening and prayer as well as through ongoing trainings.
For more information, please contact The Rev. Cristina Rathbone, at: [email protected], or Allison Duvall, at: [email protected].