Ministry of Welcome and Sanctuary

Sanctuary is...

Our Mission:
“As a witness to God’s love for all people, we stand with and advocate for migrants and refugees, transforming communities through ministries of service and justice.”

For 80 years, Lutherans have led the way in welcoming refugees and migrants, walking with them in love and placing before the church and public the plight of refugees and displaced persons. The practice of offering hearing ears, open hearts and helping hands is as important today as it was when we were just getting started in this life-saving work.

Offering hospitality is core to the Lutheran faith. Luther reminds us that since we are saved by faith, we are freed to share God’s love with our neighbor. As Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service works to fulfill our mission, we encourage congregations and individuals to examine what it means to welcome the stranger and to create sanctuary for the neighbor in need. We look to scripture for guidance as we seek to discern how God is asking and equipping God’s people to respond to the call to walk alongside immigrants and refugees.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
Psalm 36:7

Current Resources

Gather: Afghanistan 2020
Our new fall program equips families, congregations, and community groups with tools to learn about the history of conflict in Afghanistan, explore the culture through worship, food, and music, and learn more about LIRS’ work through the story of the Abdullah family.

Immigration Catechism
Engage with your community in a guided reflection on what it means to welcome migrants and refugees.

Transformed Communities
Explore the ideas of radical welcome through this Bible Study and learn more about powerful and transformative actions that communities can take in their relationships with migrants and refugees.

Upcoming Resources

  • Migrant and Refugee Sunday and Community Dinners
  • Training Series: Sanctuary
  • Hope for the Holidays
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