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Immigration 101: Kirkwood UCC, Eliot UU, and Shaare Emeth

  • Eliot Unitarian Chapel 100 North Taylor Avenue Kirkwood, MO, 63122 United States (map)

As people rooted in compassionate action, what is required of us? To do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. This call to loving action echoes through every age, and in each season of our lives we must consider how to respond. In this course, congregations will learn more about the historical context of Latin American immigration to the US, the current state of US border and immigration policy, and the local impacts of these policies. We will also discuss how the orienting stories of our different congregations all point us toward honoring the human dignity of all and welcoming the strangers among us. 

Course Objectives:
1. Learn about the history of US involvement & intervention in Latin America as well as the role of the church
2. Review US immigration policy and impacts, and church teaching on migration
3. Contextualize this history in current immigrant realities of St. Louis
4. Evaluate: “How am I/are we called to respond?”

IFCLA is honored to partner with Kirkwood United Church of Christ and Eliot Unitarian Chapel, Kirkwood, to offer a 3-week course on immigration. The course will be led by Sara John, Program Coordinator of the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA). Course materials will include academic articles, personal reflections, multi-faith perspectives, podcasts, films, and more. We will meet for 2 hours every Thursday for 3 weeks, and will also include 1-2 hours of suggested reading/watching/listening and reflection to be done in between the meetings. Our time together will focus on discussion, small group work, and reflection.