LIRS Convenes Lutheran Immigration Leadership Summit

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Part. arrive at Guadalupe Alternative Programs, part of LIRS’s Community Support Ntwk.

Last week, more than 40 Lutherans from across the nation gathered in Minneapolis to attend the Lutheran Immigration Leadership Summit. Led by LIRS’s advocacy office, the convening of local pastors, regional leaders, and denominational staff was an opportunity to share, discuss, and brainstorm how Lutherans can further advocate for the spirit of welcome in the United States.

Linda Hartke, LIRS Pres. and CEO welcomes participants to the summit.
Participants visited an immigration detention facility, witnessed immigration court proceedings, and saw how local organizations can embrace migrants coming out of detention through LIRS’s community support network. The summit combined these site visits with conversations and presentations in a comprehensive look at ways people of faith can respond to our broken immigration system.

Whether it was speaking to migrants held in detention or gaining a deeper understanding of how congregations and communities can become more active in immigration advocacy, LIRS hopes all participants returned home with new inspiration as they continue their important work to welcome – we know we certainly did!

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