Do not mistreat foreigners living in your country, but treat them just as you treat your own citizens Love foreigners as you love yourselves, because you were foreigners at one time... I am the Lord your God.
- Leviticus 19:33-34, NCV
We are called as Christians and others of good will, to show love for God and neighbor by caring for and walking with the world's uprooted people. We are here to uphold safety, freedom and human rights; and to treat people with the dignity, compassion and respect that we want for ourselves.
We are here to mobilize action on behalf of uprooted people, to see that they receive fair and equal treatment regardless of national origin, race, religion, culture or legal status. We are here to speak out for just and humane solutions in migration crises and root causes, both national and international; to encourage citizens to take part in shaping just and fair public policies, practices and laws.
As the community, we are here to reconnect people with society, to foster healing, economic independence and realization of potential. We are to seek to build community between newcomers and more established neighbors, believing that we all hold a key to each other's revitalization, enrichment and growth as world citizens.
It takes the whole village to build a bridge to understanding, instead of a wall of fear around itself. Building a bridge requires tools, tools that Lutheran Social Services can provide to you, your family, church, workplace, service or civic group.
LSS is here to share with you the stories of the refugee experience and the realities of living in our multicultural community. Check out our training opportunities, and look to the examples of our current community partnerships for inspiration. Thank you for taking the first step toward building a bridge.