ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth’s Eaton’s recent statement addressing President’ Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees from some countries is in line with our church’s tradition of advocating for the welcome and kind treatment of immigrants and refugees.  Since 1939 the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has been a champion for refugees from around the world.


Many other faith leaders have spoken out on this:


These challenging times provide opportunities for congregational members and leaders to review, study and discuss scripture and Lutheran understanding of how people of faith use their citizenship to live out their faith in the world.

A good place to start is the 1991 ELCA Social Statement “Church in Society”.


The ELCA has many resources on the issues of Immigration:

Here are more resources for engaging as citizens in the world:

 To contact your Senators:

The Honorable Chuck Grassley

135 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC. 20510

(202) 224-3744

Email:  www.grassley.senate.gov/contact

The Honorable Joni Ernst

111 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC. 20510

(202) 224-3254

Email:  www.ernst.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

To find your House Representative Enter your zip code here:


Sample Script:

Good morning.  My name is___.  I am a constituent from (City).  I am calling because I would like the Senator/Congressman/Congresswoman to  ___, because (briefly state your reasons).

If you are speaking to an assistant conclude with “I appreciate you conveying my thoughts to the Senator/Congressperson.”  They may ask for your phone number and address.

Be polite and brief.  You can follow up with a letter outlining a more detailed rationale for your position.

Current wisdom seems to be that calls and letters get a better response than emails.  But emails are also counted.

Resources from ELCA Advocacy



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About The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson

The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson has been Director for Evangelical Mission, ELCA for the Northeastern Iowa Synod since late 2013. Part of her job description is to help leaders and congregations use social media and other digital means for outreach and mission. She writes and edits this blog as well as runs the social media accounts for the synod.


Leadership, Mission


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