network training opportunities
Are you currently involved or interested in immigration advocacy?
The Office of Immigration Issues is excited to announce a series of network trainings for Presbyterians involved in immigration advocacy! The trainings will be held in six locations across the United States, and the purpose will be to build connections among Presbyterians with a passion for justice for immigrants.
Here’s what to expect:
- Learn how to apply community organizing skills to their local contexts
- Gather basic tools for building effective local coalitions
- Network and share best practices with other advocates
- Learn about historical contexts and current topics of immigration advocacy
- Explore biblical and theological frameworks
- Develop action plans to implement at home
All registration fees cover room and board; participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses.
For more information, contact Cheri Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-728-7228 x5081.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined with 272 organizations in a letter asking the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to designate El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras for Temporary Protected status. This status would acknowledge the danger present for many families in those countries and allow for a temporary immigration status for those families who come here seeking protection but do not meet the narrow legal requirements for asylum.
Letter to President Obama on Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for Northern Triangle Countries - January 24, 2016 (PDF)
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joins other organizations to voice opposition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's plan to begin immigration raids of Central American families in 2016.
Letter to President Obama on DHS round-ups of Central American families - December 31, 2015 (PDF)
News & Statements
January 19, 2016
Inspired by the peaceful legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., nearly 400 people crowded into the pews of a small Presbyterian church in the mountains of western North Carolina the day before King’s birthday to affirm a call to love—not fear—people of other faiths.
The January 17 event, part of a nationwide effort to bridge the growing racial and religious gap dividing America, was hosted by Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church in Swannanoa, North Carolina. Heath Rada, Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and Imam Mohamed Taha of the Asheville (N.C.) Islamic Center, spoke at a press conference followed by an hour-long public forum.
- January 12, 2016
- January 12, 2016
- November 17, 2015
- November 11, 2015
About This Department
The Office of Immigration Issues was created upon a resolution passed at the 216th General Assembly (2004) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The department communicates with middle governing bodies, PC(USA) entities and ecumenical agencies on immigration issues and policies. They also provide regular updates, reliable advice and counsel to presbyteries and pastors whose members have immigration questions or issues.
Stony Point Network Training
April 7 - 9, 2016
Stony Point, NY Stony Point Retreat Center
Richmond Network Training
April 20 - 22, 2016
Richmond, VA Richmond Hill Center
Louisville Network Training
May 12 - 14, 2016
Louisville, KY Laws Lodge at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
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