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Prayer & Action for Immigrants and Refugees

We continue to pray and act for peace around the globe this week, in solidarity especially with those people in displaced by war or looking to make a new life in a new country through immigration or seeking asylum.

 Stories and Icons For Our Prayers:

  1. The full page prayer “Praying for Peace for Immigrants and Refugees” (pp. 103-104) is below.
  2.  President Obama plans for an immigration overhaul if he can garner enough Republican support. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/12/us/politics/12immig.html?scp=3&sq=immigration&st=Search
  3. Immigration reform advocates gathered on the steps of Washington demanding reform. http://www.ifcla.net/comments.php?id=422_0_1_0_C

Prayer for Immigrants and Refugees

            Jesus, you were born in flight and your family fled to Egypt as refugees soon after. We pray for all those who are forced to flee from their homes and homelands due to war, violence, oppression, hunger, or economic desperation.  Help us, many of whom are ourselves immigrants to this land, to see and serve you in the twelve million undocumented immigrants in our country, and to work for a humane and just immigration policy.  Amen. 

Action Suggestions

1.Send a message to Immigrant And Customs Enforcement requesting the end to unnecessary detention of asylum seeker in the United States. http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=jhKPIXPCIoE&b=2590179&template=x.ascx&action=13891 

2.Consider reading more about and acting with Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=action.ccir&item=CCIR_main .

3.Organize a showing for friends and/or church members of One Border, one Body : Immigration and the Eucharist. http://oneborderonebody.nd.edu/

Order a copy of Praying for Peace Around the Globe online, email ppjn@aol.com or call 1-800-833-0245.