On Sunday, August 10 the first ever Justice in Action ad-hoc committee convened to discuss and discern what First Christian Church could do to help ensure the health, safety, and legal rights of unaccompanied migrant children seeking asylum in the United States. Thirty-four people engaged in learning about the issue, including the legal process these children must negotiate, and discerning what realistic actions we can take.
Three initiatives emerged:
- The church will collect a special offering on September 7 for Justice for our Neighbors, the local non-profit ministry of the United Methodist Church providing legal council to these asylum-seekers,
- Another group is pursuing ways we can partner with a local, primarily Hispanic congregation in an attempt to learn more about the issue, show solidarity, and perhaps find hands-on ways to help,
- Another group is investigating what our own tradition, Christian Church (Disciple of Christ) is doing to coordinate help along the border.
Please continue to pray for our Justice In Action Committee as we move forward on these initiatives to enact love and justice in our community and nation at large.
You can find more information about the faith community’s response at: IowaIsWelcoming.org