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Fostering welcoming communities is central to LIRS’s mission, and you can be an ambassador for this important work. Help us open the hearts and minds of individuals by sharing our work with your congregation or by inviting one of our inspiring speakers to come share their story with your community!

Refugee Sunday

Whether your congregation is new to assisting refugees or has a history of newcomer ministry, you can observe Refugee Sunday and create a meaningful experience with this unique set of Refugee Sunday resources.

Participate in Refugee Sunday.

Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau is a network of people from around the country—former refugees, migrants, Lutheran Pastors, and LIRS champions—who are committed to attending events and speaking on behalf of LIRS in their local areas.

Request a speaker for your next event


Be Not Afraid equips congregations to respond to immigration issues impacting their members and communities through a series of tools designed to reduce fear and create welcoming communities through education and advocacy.

Host a Be Not Afraid training session using our resources. 


The Faith on the Move Bible Study series explores issues of migration through the lens of scripture, expresses the connection between the biblical narrative and your own stories, and expands your perception of migrants and refugees in your community and in our culture.

Download the Faith on the Move Bible Study series

Breaking Bread, Building Bridges

For many newcomers our holidays and the traditions that surround them are new. We invite you to host a meal, inviting your immigrant and refugee neighbors to “break bread” with you, and discuss how current immigration policies are impacting their lives. We hope that this initial meal will be the first of many meals shared together as you seek to build relationships with immigrants and refugees in your communities.

Check out our Breaking Bread, Building Bridges Toolkit.

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