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Wondering how to support Arizona congregations?Regardless of how they feel about immigration issues, Arizona congregations are struggling in the aftermath of the recent passage of the immigration law. For instance:
Ways you and your congregation might show support to your sisters and brothers in Arizona:Ministry of presence
Regardless of your position on immigration or the position of the Arizona congregation, you can acknowledge the complicated issues that congregations are facing. You might
Commit to standing with the congregation as they take risks.
To the churches in Arizona, you are loved by God, our Creator:
We ask God for grace and peace for you in these days of difficulty.
We are concerned for your welfare for you are our sisters and brothers in Jesus Christ. We had heard of your suffering resulting from measures taken to increase border security. These have been brought into focus with the passage of new laws by the Arizona state legislature.
We recognize that there may be disagreement in your congregation about these laws. We pray that you will be able dialog about this and to agree and disagree in love. We have hope that you will continue to "[b]elieve in and rely on the solidarity of the Body of Christ and its commitment to peace and justice…"
We are concerned for the beloved members of your community who now fear a routine traffic stop or a stroll in a city park. We are saddened to know that others may worry about offering the hospitality of a ride in a car to church or a meal to a sister or a brother who is a neighbor.
We ask that the God of Love and Justice give you strength for the days ahead, wisdom to discern how to care for all in your community, patience in teaching those of us farther away, and understanding for those seeking unity when perspectives differ.
We give thanks for your faithfulness. The grace, joy, and peace for Jesus Christ be with you now and forever.
We send you our love as fellow sisters and brothers in the faith,
Any Mennonite Church