Welcoming the Stranger

"Do not mistreat foreigners who are living in your land. Treat them as you would a fellow Israelite, and love them as you love yourselves. Remember that you were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God." - Leviticus 19:33-34


The Bible tells us story after story about God's people on the move. Abram and Sara were sent out by God to travel to a new an unknown land. Their descendants went on to travel to distant lands to escape famine, to search out a promised land, to flee violence, and to spread the Gospel of God's love. 

So what does it mean, in the time and place where God has us, to "welcome the stranger"? We're journeying together as a church to discern how we can reflect Christ in our relationships and throughout our ministry.



There are so many myths out there about immigration, here are some resources for you to grow in your awareness and to feel empowered to respond.

Scripture and Immigration
 Bible Studies on Immigration & Refugees
Learning About Immigration
Causes of Immigration
Immigration Policy
From the Presbyterian Church (USA)

Discerning Sanctuary

From Westminster:
Opportunities to Learn More at Westminster:
  • Sunday, May 7: All Things Considered (11:15 AM in Westminster Hall) - Author Lois Beh will join us to discuss her book "The Father of Chicago". She'll be sharing about Jean Baptist Pointe de Sable, an immigrant and free black man who became a well-known trader in the mid-1700s. 
  • Sunday, May 14: All Things Considered (11:10 AM in Westminster Hall) - video and discussion about immigration detention
  • Sunday, May 21: "Welcoming the Sojourner" Sunday - Worship at 10 am; Immigration Simulation led by the Youth at 11 AM
  • Sunday, June 11: Immigration Forum (11 AM in Commons)
  • Sunday, July 9: Immigration Forum (11 AM in Commons)
  • Sunday, August 13: Immigration Forum (11 AM in Commons)
Additional Resources for People of Faith
Resources & Links on Refugees
Immigrant Stories
In the News:
Books many of these are available in the church library

"Remember to welcome strangers in your homes. There were some who did that and welcomed angels without knowing it." - Hebrews 13:2