Reformation, Refugees & Immigrants
God became flesh in baby Jesus to give us great joy and comfort. Jesus’ vulnerability as a child, sojourner, and refugee (Matthew 2) also calls us to care for the vulnerable in our midst. In addition to Reformation’s ministries with and for children (Sunday School, the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, etc.), our congregation supports refugees and immigrants in a variety of ways locally, nationally, and globally. Please contact Pastor Michael Wilker about these and other service and justice ministries.
Good Neighbor Refugee Resettlement Team. Started by Reformation during Advent 2016, eight Capitol Hill Congregations partner with Lutheran Social Services (LSSNCA) to provide furnishings and others support to refugees. We’ve resettled 39 families, mostly from Afghanistan who have been recommended by a US military officer for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs). LSS is also a recipient of Reformation’s Anniversary Campaign Fund tithe. In addition to resettling families, LSS also support unaccompanied minor refugees from Central America and Africa. For more on LSS’s local resettlement work see https://lssnca.org/programs/refugees_immigrant/resettlement.html
Washington Interfaith Network (WIN). With majority-Latino congregations in the District and CARECEN (Central American Resource Center), Reformation advocates for local legal protection and services for undocumented immigrants, Dreamers, and those on Temporary Protective Status (TPS). Attorney General Karl Racine has met with WIN and supports our agenda. www.windc-iaf.org http://carecendc.org
ELCA Metro Washington, DC Synod. Four congregations in our region have Latino-specific ministries and many have ministries with African immigrants and refugees. Reformation supports these ministries through our Sunday morning offerings and especially through the Reformation Anniversary Campaign tithe to the synod’s New Connections fund. http://metrodcelca.org
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Since 1939, the Lutheran church in the US has been one of the four main religious groups welcoming refugees and migrants. In addition to coordinating our work with the US government and ministries across the nation, LIRS also leads the advocacy efforts for just laws and humane policies. Learn more and find out what you can do in 2019 at the LIRS State of the Union watch event on January 22, 7:00 p.m. at Reformation. From 7:30-8:45 p.m. a panel and discussion will proceed the President’s address. https://www.lirs.org
Salvadoran Lutheran Synod. Reformation and other DC area congregations are mission partners with the Lutheran Church in El Salvador. Each year leaders from our congregations visit each other. We pray for each other and support congregation ministries. We also provide funds to supplement the salaries of Salvadoran pastors. Click here to watch an excellent 15 minute video about the work of the Lutheran church in El Salvador.
AMMPARO. Lutherans in the US work comprehensively with our partners in Central America and Mexico to support unaccompanied minors and other migrants under the AMMPARO banner. Lutherans fund development projects in home countries, guard the human rights of migrants in all the countries, accompany children in the US administrative and judicial courts.
Lutheran World Federation (LWR). With the ACT Alliance and the UN High Commission on Refugees, LWR has assisted 1.3 million refugees across the globe. We are UNHCR’s fifth largest global partner. Current programs serve Syrian, Sudanese, Nepalese, Congolese, Palestinian, and other refugees. LWR is also one of the leading Christian ministries that works with Islamic religious and humanitarian organizations. https://www.lutheranworld.org/content/world-service