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March 13, 2017 
RIM Reminder--WEBINAR TODAY
4 p.m. Eastern Time

REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR to join the call & to receive follow up information!  Also, don't forget:

  • STUDY Our Lenten Devotions on Refugees & Immigrants, &
  • CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY to support vulnerable refugees & immigrants feeling great fear  

  1.  JOIN RIM's WEBINAR with the Interfaith Immigration Coalition TODAY, Monday, March 13,  4 p.m. Eastern Time about "Faith Allies in Rapid Response" to learn concrete ways your faith community can help protect immigrants and refugees ; whether its joining your local sanctuary coalition, hosting a Know Your Rights training, meeting with your elected leaders, or standing in solidarity with immigrants in other ways.  Our faith involvement is crucial now!  

BE SURE TO REGISTER for the webinar here: 

To join the webinar, go to  http://join.me/faith4immigration and follow the directions  for audio and visual access.   For audio only, you can dial: +1.202.602.1295 and use this access Code: 354-977-836#

2.   REFLECT ON 
LENTEN DEVOTIONS about Refugee and Immigrant themes at:  
https://www.discipleshomemissions.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LENTEN-Devotions-IIC-Disciples-2017-FINAL.pdf 

Each devotions offers scripture, thoughts, stories, prayers, and action steps for individuals or groups to build your understanding of refugee and immigrant concerns. 

3.  ANSWER OUR ALERT TO CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVES at  (202) 224-3121*  today and often to share your support for refugees and the U.S. Refugee Program, them you support the refugee resettlement program and oppose President Trump's executive orders against refugees.   *Call 3 times to connect with your 1 Representative & 2 Senators
 
Sample Script:  "I'm your constituent from [City, State], and I support refugee resettlement. I strongly oppose the President's executive orders against refugees - both the original January version and the rewritten version released on March 6th. The order will bar individuals from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen; grind refugee resettlement from all countries to a halt; and reduce the number of refugees we welcome to 50,000, a historic low. This does not reflect the welcome for refugees I see in my community, and I urge you to do everything in your power to see this executive order rescinded."

  
4.  DON'T FORGET TO WITNESS TO YOUR WELCOME for refugees and immigrants by displaying signs like this one  in Spanish/English/Arabic (originally designed by a Mennonite pastor in Harrisonburg, VA.):
https://immanuelmennonite.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/welcome-sign/   

And,  go here : for sample Refugees Welcome signs, which can be printed or adapted for your desired purposes:  www.discipleshomemissions.org/Refugees-Welcome-Signs-samples.pdf

5.  CONTINUE TO BUILD UNDERSTANDING AND RELATIONSHIPS OF SOLIDARITY WITH LOCAL MUSLIM COMMUNITIES  feeling fearful in this time.  C onsider studying resources such as these as an individual, family, or congregation:
--"My Neighbor is Muslim: Exploring the Muslim Faith, " a seven-part study guide for communities and congregations to build understanding about Islam, and developed through the Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. Go to: http://lirs.org/myneighborismuslim/ to download a copy, and/or to order a limited number of hard copies.
--"Christian-Muslim Dialogues," a five part series of panel discussions, links to lectures, articles, and additional resources for answering interfaith questions and building peaceful partnerships. Go here:  https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/christian-muslim-dialogues/  to access and download free materials!
--"The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself", a DVD and discussion guide from the "Living the Questions" resource series. Download some free materials, and purchase resources for home or group use here:  http://www.livingthequestions.com/xcart/home.php?cat=493
 
Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea
Director of Refugee & Immigration Ministries
Disciples Home Missions
Five Thomas Circle, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005-4153

(202) 957-7826 (Cell)

Refugee & Immigration Ministries is a ministry of Disciples Home Missions in Partnership with the Christian Church Capital Area and the Disciples Center for Public Witness