We are Xenos
“‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in,
I needed clothes and you clothed me,
I was sick and you looked after me,
I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you something to drink?
When did we see you a stranger and invite you in,
or needing clothes and clothe you?
When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’"
~Matthew 25: 35-40
Church of the Brethren Intercultural Ministries has created this exciting new venue to build a network of congregations who already include immigrants, as well as those who feel called to speak up and talk about it; and then, step up and support immigrants within our nation.
This website is a place for a faith-based, scripturally supported discussion and response to family separations at the border, the plight of immigrants, and sanctuary churches in the United States and a network of those concerned about immigration/refugee/asylum issues and justice.
In the Old Testament, sanctuary was a place set apart from the world—Yahweh’s holy dwelling place.” (Exodus 15:17)
Jesus Christ expanded the definition of neighbor to include those ordinarily despised and excluded (John4:7-26) and in so doing expanded the limits of protection. Jesus Christ demands lives that recognize all people in all cultures as our neighbors. Christ teaches us to go beyond legal requirements in helping and serving others, to share our resources, to show compassion toward all of our brothers and sisters while we pursue our pilgrimage towards God’s Kingdom (Matt. 25:31-46).
Church of the Brethren historical background
The Church of the Brethren is part of an immigrant people. We left our home land of Germany and came to this country seeking religious, political, and economic freedom. In our history we have championed the cause of refugees such as Japanese-Americans, refugees from Western Europe following World War II, and refugees from Southeast Asia.
In 1949, Annual Conference passed a statement on displaced persons, encouraging each congregation to welcome and provide for at least one refugee family.
- Separate No More
“Together” emphasis; Church of the Brethren intentionally moving toward, becoming more intercultural.
- Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Church/The Need for Intercultural Ministries
“What action must we take, in our lives, in our congregations, in our districts, in our denomination, and globally, to bring us into conformity with the biblical vision of a church from every nation, tribe, people and language, united in worship before the throne of God?"
- Inclusion of Ethnics into the COB
Ethnic minorities already involved in COB include Hispanics, Koreans, African Americans and Filipinos. But we need to reach out to more: Native Americans, Haitians and Southeast Asians. The story is still unfolding.
Immigration and refugees
- El Salvador
- Latin American/Haitian Refugees
- Undocumented Persons and Refugees
“We need to affirm that everything belongs to God and that we are an immigrant people…. Our brother and sister immigrants are reminders of who we are and whom we serve.”
- Action in the Crisis of Southeast Asia