In a world becoming increasingly globalized, more people are leaving their homelands to seek better lives and opportunities in new countries. Their reasons for leaving are diverse and complex: economic necessity, war, or persecution. The U.S. has long been a nation of immigrants and we have consistently been conflicted about this. We gratefully welcome immigrants and their contributions, and we exclude them, discriminate against them and, at times, inflict grave harm upon them.
As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God… – United Church of Christ
This year’s Old First Lenten Sunday Suppers, we will listen to the voices of recent immigrants to the U.S. and we will pray for neighbors, strangers and ourselves as we come together around a theme of welcoming strangers.
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to participate in a Sunday Supper from March 5 – April 2. There will be at least one dinner for parents and children on March 12 or 19th. And at least one dinner in South Jersey on April 2.