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Immigrant-led Faith-based Community Organizing in Brockton, MA

In March 2021, PDA established a new grant opportunity for refugee or immigrant led organizations with a focus on immigrant rights. Awarded to those already engaged in public policy advocacy, the overarching goal of the grant program is to support the capacity of local/grassroots organizations so that they can connect local and personal experiences with… Read more »

Hear the voices of Black Migrants as they call us to Action

Yesterday was an important day in the struggle for justice for Cameroonians in the United States.  Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) introduced the Cameroon TPS Act of 2021 which would designate Temporary Protected Status for an initial 18-month period.  And the same day, a new coalition was officially launched, the Cameroon… Read more »

Welcoming Afghan Refugees

As Afghan refugees continue to flee their country, many are being evacuated to the U.S. while others are seeking safe haven in neighboring countries. In moments of crisis, the situation changes and develops quickly. So, what do we know as of today? Over 100,000 Afghans are expected to be evacuated to the U.S. in the… Read more »

Afghanistan Evacuations and Refugees

As we watch the news about the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban and the evacuation of U.S. troops and other government personnel, our minds are racing to think of all that is needed in such a time of humanitarian crisis. Our hearts go out to those who are trying to flee and those with… Read more »

Amplifying Welcome Resources

[Jesus] said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the… Read more »

A Prayer for the Senda de Vida Shelter in Reynosa, Mexico

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance joins in protesting the decision by local authorities in Reynosa, Mexico to close and/or demolish the Senda de Vida shelter. For more information, read the statement from Angry Tías and Abuelas As the Psalmists of Old, in this time of despair for the families who are finding safety and respite in the… Read more »

Raising Our Voices to Advocate for The Stranger

Wanderers, travelers, Weary and worried, God grant us strength and Courage to dare. Risking our safety, Freedom, and status, Your children need us, Dare us to care. (From God of the Traveler, hymn text by William McConnell, 2018) World Refugee Day may have passed but it is not too late for you to honor refugees… Read more »

Exploring Resilience and Service

No one dreams of growing up to become a refugee. The term itself is used to describe what happens to someone—being persecuted or threatened with persecution; being forced to flee one’s home country; at the mercy of other governments and other nations—but it does little to define who someone is. When we hear the word… Read more »

Connecting with Others through Learning

Opportunities to learn about refugees and asylum seekers in the U.S. and around the world are numerous as we approach World Refugee Day on June 20th. Knowing where to begin with this complicated subject can be daunting, so we have pulled together some study materials to better educate your congregation about today’s refugees. Learning about… Read more »

Creating Meaningful Worship Around World Refugee Day

Now is a good time to start planning a World Refugee Day worship service for Sunday, June 20th. Dedicating part or all of your worship service to honor this day is not only a powerful message to refugees in your midst, but also an opportunity to connect the ways in which our faith is shaped… Read more »