Creating freedom, hope, and opportunity in Minnesota.
Refugee families need help and support when they first arrive in this country. Check out resources from the Minnesota Council of Churches to learn more:
This video may be helpful as well: Austin, TX — A Transformational Ministry on Vimeo
Peace Village Global: creating strategic partnerships with peace builders worldwide to design and implement exceptional programs that prevent and reduce violence.
Refugee Services initiatives here.
EMERGE has deep roots in North Minneapolis and Cedar-Riverside, and specialized experience in providing innovative support for people overcoming barriers to employment such as overcoming a criminal background, new Americans facing language barriers, single parents struggling with poverty cycles, and participants who seek to earn higher wages.
Volunteer Virtually with Refugee Services: Online. Refugee Services of the Minnesota Council of Churches needs online volunteers. Help refugees with the skills needed to navigate life in Minnesota and with English conversation practice.
An Interactive Journal on Christian Social Justice offers numerous and varied ways to engage.
Brian Billston's brilliant "reverse poem" Refugees sums it up well: read it first from the top down, then read again from the bottom up.
Share it also through the gorgeously illustrated book:
The webinar, “Boldly Serving Our Afghan Neighbors: Getting Involved through Congregational Accompaniment & Co-sponsorship,” elicited wide interest in ways to help Afghan neighbors now and into the future. An archive of this webinar is available.
Sahan Journal's Hibah Ansari wrote Minnesota’s most diverse cities? New U.S. Census data show communities of color growing in places like Austin and Worthington.
The Sahan Journal's Hibah Ansari shares How You Can Help Afghan Refugees in Minnesota Right Now
Minnesota has pledged to accept dozens of Afghans fleeing their country after the Taliban takeover. Many of them helped the U.S. Armed Forces and would face danger and death back home. Resettlement agencies say these new arrivals will need ongoing help with everything from housing to job training as they rebuild their lives in Minnesota
Rosalind C. Hughes' Over the Water: read it.
Shoulder to Shoulder offers "Faith Over Fear" virtual training periodically throughout the year. Gain valuable skills to better counter anti-Muslim discrimination in your community and learn how to build stronger local multireligious networks. Learn more and register here.
545 of Our Children by Dr. Eric Barreto
Access your denomination's support of refugee welcome as follows:
The MN Council of Churches resettles individuals and families.
Photo essay: 'I was a stranger...': In September, a UM News team accompanied faith leaders from The United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church of Mexico on visits to migrant communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. See how the church is ministering to those in need through this powerful series of images. Access photo essay
This hour and a half training builds on the new toolkit Welcoming and Advocating for Afghan SIVs and Other Afghan Refugees, tailored for UCC congregations that want to engage effectively in support for Afghan SIVs and other Afghan refugees being resettled to the United States.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota offers numerous supports for Immigrant and Refugee peoples, including prayers in solidarity and opportunities for congregations to walk with a refugee family in their Circle of Welcome program.
AMMPARO was envisioned to accompany children today and in the future who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons. Explore their Resources on the Web and their congregational strategy tools.
Minnesota Compass provides credible, easy-to-access data on Minnesota populations of current and historical immigrant groups; tracks trends and measures progress on 'how Minnesota is doing on issues that impact ...quality of life'; and work to improve understanding to make data-informed decisions in state-wide policy, communities, businesses, etc.
faith in action for social justice
Sign up to receive recommended sermons, tips for preaching about immigration, and tools for churches seeking justice with immigrant communities. Includes sermons from two MN Annual Conference UMC preachers: Nate Melcher and Jean Carlos Diaz.
Sahan Journal is the only independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit digital newsroom fully dedicated to providing authentic news reporting for and about immigrants and communities of color in Minnesota, chronicling the struggles, successes and transformations of Minnesota’s immigrants and communities of color, whose stories are often overlooked by traditional news organizations.
Richard Blanco's How to Love a Country and other poems and writings on the many Homes we carry within us.
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