Below you'll find a selection of the best immigration resources we've found. Whether you're looking to further your own knowledge, or seeking material for a Sunday school curriculum, you're sure to find what you're looking for on this page. If you wish, you can download everything in a convenient zip file, including an introductory letter from OSJ Coordinator Peter Vander Meulen.
Curriculum for Churches
Church Between Borders is a curriculum from the CRCNA Office of Social Justice and Office of Race Relations that can be easily utilized in a small group, adult education, Sunday school, or outreach setting. Find out more here.
These resources are a helpful starting point in understanding some of the problems with the U.S. immigration system.
- Learn the Issues - a useful myth debunker from Justice for Immigrants
- Response to Undocumented Immigration - Some helpful responses to arguments likely to be raised
- Why Don't They Just Get in Line? - A response to the popular argument requiring immigrants to "go through the right way" which illuminates the ways a broken system impedes this, strengthening the argument that the system must change.
- Immigrating Legally? Good Luck! - A visual representation of the immigration system, illustrating the difficulty (and near-impossibility) of gaining legal status.
These resources are from trusted partner organizations, and address immigration from a faith-based perspective.
- This is a report from World Vision on how churches, including the CRC, are responding to immigrants in Canada.
- Here is a valuable list of resources for churches and individuals
- A Biblical Basis on Immigration Reform - A basic overview of how the Bible informs our views on immigration: God initiates migration, we (the people of Israel) are immigrants/strangers, God calls for care of the immigrant.
- A House Divided: Why Americans of Faith Are Concerned About Undocumented Immigrants, a report put out by Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
- Welcoming the Stranger: Christians and Immigration: Download this 4-session discussion guide from Sojourners/Call to Renewal
- Visit Church World Service to get the latest information, resources, and action opportunities.
- Download this great sermon illustration packet from Sojourners/Call to Renewal.
Suggested Next Steps
- For experiential learning, consider booking a trip through Border Links, which sets up immersion tours to border communities to study the issues of migration from a Christian perspective. www.borderlinks.org.
- Host a house party for immigration reform, using this toolkit from CCIR.
- The Office of Social Justice offers Sunday school curriculum (3, 6, and 12-week formats), speakers, and advocacy issues on this issue. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Read through 40 days of Scripture about immigration, or eat, pray, and organize together using these action steps.