We are Xenos

Comments on Xenos

"Faithful witness is not just a matter of saving souls, but saving immigrant people. For immigrants are at risk, lost in the cracks of a social system that does not prioritize the least, the lost and the lonely. The Xenos Project seeks to embrace and accompany immigrant people and all refugees, along with others in search for asylum. As they do, they are following in the footsteps of a Jesus who admonished: '...When you refused to help one of the least important among...my little ones, my true brothers and sisters, you refused to help and honor me.’ (Matthew 28:46 TPT)"
— Paul Mundey, Moderator, Church of the Brethren.

"From a Christian standpoint it is important for the Church of the Brethren to be involved with issues of immigration and refugee resettlement. We should view these issues with 'faith lenses': What it means to be Christian and faithful to God in dealing with these issues. These are moral faith issues for Christians. It is a faith imperative to care for the stranger. That's why the Xenos Project is under Discipleship Ministries; it is not 'political'."
— Brian Flory, Pastor, Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Survey of Concerns and Actions on Immigrant Issues

Since the Church of the Brethren started as an immigrant group, we want to better understand the ideas and concerns of the churches in our denomination towards immigrant issues. Help us by completing this survey! It will only take a few minutes.

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Encuesta de Preocupaciones y Acciones sobre los Asuntos Immigrantes

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Sondaj de COB Enkyetid LEGLIZ ak Aksyon sou Pwoblem Imigrasyon

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“‘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.

Biblical basis

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.

Articles

DACA story: Erick

Getting in line: an immigration story

Reflection of a Latino Brethren

Denominational documents

Intercultural overall

  • 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

Other

Resources from other Christian denominations

Find additional resources here.

Main photo by Glenn Riegel; flyer photo by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford

Vigil at Annual Conference 2018 in Cinncinati in solidarity with children and families impacted by U.S. immigration policy and family separation.