Missional Community -- Welcoming the Stranger
We are an intentional community of Christians with a desire to further Christ’s kingdom through actively loving our neighbors, specifically through relationships with and advocacy for refugees and immigrants.
As followers of the way of Christ, we strive to be active agents of God’s justice and faithful witnesses of his love. We believe that all people are created in the image of God with inherent dignity (Gen. 1:26). Our scriptural call to love our neighbors (Matt. 22:34-40) extends to everyone, especially the vulnerable and marginalized (Deut. 10:18, Matt. 25:31-46, James 1:27). Furthermore, God calls us to welcome the stranger (Lev. 19:34, Heb. 13:1) and to “be not afraid” (Joshua 1:9, Isaiah 41:10, Romans 8:38-39). In the midst of uncertainty in US immigration policy and the largest refugee crisis of our time, we have the responsibility to live out our faith.
Community is integral to pursuing our biblical mandate of furthering Christ’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Therefore, as a group, we commit to:
- learning together about refugee and immigration issues - locally, nationally and globally;
- praying for refugees and immigrants both near and far;
- nurturing relationships and walking alongside refugees and immigrants;
- amplifying the voices of refugees and immigrants; and
- spreading the message of welcome to the stranger and extending radical hospitality.
We believe these are acts of faithful worship.
Please consider joining us on third Tuesdays of each month. In February and March, we will be reading Welcoming the Stranger together. We also are in the process of organizing a panel in February and partnering with another church to bring over some Syrian friends to North America. More details to follow on how you can be involved.