Immigration Teaching Moment

By Pastor Hobby Outten

The Teaching Moment regarding the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service ministry was presented by Sue Ellen Spotts, who serves as Manager for Congregational Outreach out of Baltimore, Maryland. She noted that most of us know someone who is an immigrant, and that we ourselves have probably at one time or another felt like an alien in our own hometown.

LIRS has been helping refugees for the last 80+ years. This kind of ministry is also a hallmark of our biblical testaments going back thousands of years. The Lord reminds the Israelites to be kind and good to the alien in their midst, remembering that they, too, were aliens in a strange land once upon a time.

It was noted that some people are pushed into the position of being an alien, while others are pulled into the situation. A group discussion was held on that topic. At the end of the day we all concluded with Sue Ellen Spotts that a good Christian attitude on encountering a refugee is to love your neighbor as yourself. And then the assembly applauded this good ministry.

This is Christ’s Church. There is a place for you here.

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person–questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world.

Contact Information

ELCA South Carolina Synod
1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone 803-765-0590
Fax 803-252-5558

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