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Walk the Journey with Jesus: Lenten Immigration Course

What has the Lord required of us? To do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. This call to loving, faith-rooted 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 story of many immigrant families echoes the story of Jesus' journey for love of us, his human family, and consider how our faith challenge to honor the human dignity of all can inform our involvement and lead us to welcome 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 Catholic Church
2. Review US immigration policy and impacts, and Catholic 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 the Archdiocese of St. Louis to offer a 4-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), who is also a parishioner at Most Sacred Heart Eureka. Course materials will include academic articles, personal reflections, multi-faith perspectives, podcasts, films, and more. We will meet for 2 hours every Wednesday for 4 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.