Musings at an Immigration Advocacy Training Event
Sep 25, 2012 by M. Daniel Carroll R. | 0 Comments
This last Thursday, September 21st, I attended an advocacy training session at a large suburban church here in metro-Denver. First of all, I applaud the pastor, Nick Lillo, and Waterstone Community Church for hosting the event. Very few suburban, predominantly Anglo churches have been willing – or have any interest – in engaging the topic of immigration. Nick sees engaging immigration in a constructive way as a biblical mandate (I agree!).
The training session was coordinated by Michelle Warren of CCDA (Christian Community Development Association), and the facilitator was Patty Kupfer. Patty is with America’s Voice (http://americasvoiceonline.org/), an organization that is trying to move immigration reform forward. Their strength is media, and Patty has been working with faith organizations and reform for about five years now.
The idea of the seminar was to begin thinking about how to help make the evangelical voice for reform heard. The working assumption of many politicians and leaders of both parties is that evangelicals are either not interested in the topic or that they are against reform. We are witnessing, however, continued growth in not only evangelical interest in reform but also evangelical involvement in ministries to and the defense of immigrants.
In the coming weeks I will be posting information about new books and will alert you to some of the evangelical immigration websites.