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For You Were Once Strangers: A Lenten Study

For You Were Once Strangers:
A Lenten Journey of Understanding, Faith, and Radical Welcome

Thursdays | March 14 - April 4 | 6:30 PM | Round Room

Mark your calendars for a four-week Lenten Study on Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM, March 14 – April 4. This interactive class will include opportunities for small group discussion to provide a deeper integration and exploration of the dynamics of immigration.

Immigration is a complex topic. However, it has been the story of humankind throughout history. At the core of Christian belief is the profoundly radical vision of God lifting the poor, the destitute, and the homeless. Immigrants—strangers—are included in this vision of mercy and justice. As the public debate about reforming America’s immigration laws becomes more rancorous, we shall gather to thoughtfully and prayerfully consider the common myths about immigration and immigrants, the biblical injunction to welcome the stranger, and the ways in which we can continue to become a community of radical welcome. A couple of guests will share information about the current situation for our undocumented neighbors and friends.

While a printed guide will be created particularly for this study, two books are recommended, but NOT REQUIRED. We will have a few copies for sale on Sunday, March 10th, and at the first class. The titles are: Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible by M. Daniel Carroll; and, Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang.

For more information contact Debra Carter Williams at