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 […]


Dr. Tamás Fabiny is the bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary, our companion synod.  He writes: A few weeks ago a frightening video appeared on the internet. A Hungarian truck was driving on a French highway with many refugees walking by the road. In the next moment, the driver – while cursing heavily […]


  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 […]


Sermon at the prayer of the Sant’Egidio community in Budapest, 22 November 2015 In the past 20 years, tens of thousands have drowned in the Mediterranean, people who were fleeing from war, famine, tyranny in the hope of a better life, a more humane life or even in the hope of life at all. The […]


While the number of immigrants fleeing war and persecution in the Middle East into Europe has been building for months, the situation has recently become critical enough to attract the attention of the news media in the past few weeks.  The main route into Europe from the Middle East is through Hungary, which has recently […]


 “It is time that we moved forward for the sake of families and our country.” ~ Bishop Ullestad As people of faith and leaders of the church, we support public policy that protects children, reunites families, and cares for the most vulnerable, regardless of their place of birth. The treatment of immigrants is a core […]