Betty Rendón is a candidate for ordination who is also enrolled as a student at the Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) in their Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program. She has been serving in a pulpit supply capacity since March of this year at Emaus-ELCA, and she was granted Synodically Authorized Minister status by Bishop […]

  It’s no rumor…the helicopters are here…..              …389 workers arrested…              …….“Pablo, take care of my children.”                      …..Tell anyone who is afraid or alone to come to St. Bridget’s.                            ………Postville Church Offers Refuge.                                    ……Give us courage, Give us hope…Give us love.. The litany read at “The Summons,” an Interfaith Prayer Service […]

God’s call to neighborly love for the sake of those in need is unequivocal. Migrants and refugees are our neighbors. Exodus 22:21 – “You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien; for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” and Romans 12:13 – “…Extend hospitality to strangers…” are two of many exhortations to […]

On May 12, 2008, more than 1000 ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) agents in full SWAT gear, helicopters and SUVs swooped into the town of Postville.  It was the largest single raid of a workplace in history to that date.   It devastated the town and showed us that immigration is not just an issue for […]

  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 […]

  ELCA statement on U.S. response to refugee resettlement LIRS Response to ISIS attacks and Syrian refugee resettlement Lutheran World Relief:  What We’re Doing to Help Syrian Refugees Middle East and Europe Refugee Crisis Lutherans and Refugees  ELCA World Hunger Blog ELCA Advocacy Action Alert Support and Protect Syrian Refugees Companion Synod in Hungary Helping Migrants […]