Families Belong Together

Welcoming the Stranger: A Call for Just Immigration Reform

A statement titled Welcoming the Stranger: A Call for Just Immigration Reform was passed by the Church Board of the La Verne Church of the Brethren, and co-signed by over 100 members of the church community. The statement reads as follows:

We the undersigned, members of the La Verne Church of the Brethren in California, reaffirm the Church of the Brethren’s 1982 Annual conference statement on undocumented persons and refugees in the United States. “The Church of the Brethren has long acknowledged the Bible’s call for justice in immigration policy. Matthew 25:35 says, ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me,’ which reminds us that our response to ‘the least of these’ is just as important as the manner in which we would choose to treat Christ.”

We believe each human being who enters the United States deserves to be treated with compassion, tolerance, and receive just due process. Recent practices of the United States government of zero tolerance and separating children from their parents is immoral, illegal, unconstitutional, and un-American. The Bible condemns those who exploit immigrants. Ezekiel 22:7 says, ‘Father and mother are treated with contempt in you; the sojourner suffers extortion in your midst; the fatherless and the widow are wronged in you.’ Instead the Bible calls for us to love those who are foreigners, Deuteronomy 10:19 ‘Love sojourners for you were sojourners’. As people of faith, it is essential that we respond to God’s call to welcome strangers, extend hospitality, recognize the inherent dignity of each human being, and oppose immoral laws and practices of our government that violate these principles.

Therefore, we urge the United States government to immediately reunite families that have been separated, abolish the zero tolerance policy, provide just due process, and treat these neighbors crossing our borders as we would want to be treated. US policies and practices must be compassionate and just, in compliance with the U.S. Constitution, our American values and International Human Rights protocol.


Peace and Justice Calendar

September 2018

Tonality Reprise: Put Your Guns Down
Saturday, September 8th, 2018, 7:00 PM
La Verne Church of the Brethren
On Oct 1, 2017, six days before Tonality’s first performance of this concert, a mass shooting occurred in Los Vegas and shook our country … again. Tonality has since performed this concert and will continue to perform it as long as the needs for hearts and minds to change exists.

Tonality is performing a concert to bring awareness to gun violence in many forms, as well as the global call for peace. Music by David Lang, Reena Esmail, Joel Thompson, Ryan Murphy, and our own, Shawn Kirchner! We are excited to be hosted by the Church of the Brethren in LA Verne, Calfornia, and hope you will join us for this event. The event speaks of violence, but at its core celebrates peace and life we share with each other.

La Verne COB Reads: Thank You for Your Service
Taking the lead from the University of La Verne’s One Book, One University program, the La Verne Church of the Brethren will be reading Thank You for Your Service, by David Finkel. Finkel explores what we ask of the men and women we send to war—and how we fail them when they come home. We will read the book and discuss it from the perspective of a historic peace church. Discussions will be a part of the CONNECT series and will be held after service on the following Sundays: September 16, 23, and 30.

Inland Valley Hope Partners Walk for the Hungry, Saturday, Sept. 22nd, 9:00 AM
Service Consortium Registration begins at 8:00 AM, walk begins at 9:00 AM. Come walk and enjoy free face painting, popcorn, balloons, and more! Proceeds support Inland Valley Hope Partners, which brings together faith communities, businesses, individuals and community groups, and ensures the empowerment of people in need by providing food, shelter and supportive services. Registration forms are available on the Inland Valley Hope Partners website: http://www.inlandvalleyhopepartners.org/

October 2018

Fair Trade Month
October is Fair Trade Month! This Fair Trade Month, start a Fair Trade conversation. Talk to your barista about the impact of Fair Trade coffee. Tell a friend about your favorite Fair Trade product. No matter how big or small, every conversation makes a difference. You can buy Fair Trade certified coffee and chocolate in the church office, or find businesses selling fair trade products at http://www.fairtradeclaremont.org/. (La Verne Church of the Brethren is a Fair Trade Congregation, as recognized locally by Fair Trade Claremont and nationally by Fair Trade Campaigns.)

Lyceum Lectures Series
Wednesday, October 10th, 3:30 PM
Mr. Finkel has accepted an invitation to speak at the La Verne campus on October 10, 2018, for an early afternoon keynote lecture and book-signing open to the community (3:30-5:00 pm). The public keynote will be a featured as part of the new Lyceum Lectures Series. (Location TBA)

Support for Asylum Seekers Among Congregations and Communities!
Friday, October 19, 10:30am – 12:30pm
For some time now Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) has been helping asylum seekers who have fled their countries because of violence or other conditions. CLUE will like to invite you to a presentation to learn about many different ways congregations or communities can help support asylum seekers!
WHERE: La Plaza Unite Methodist Church
ADDRESS: 115 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012
NOTE: La Plaza UMC is located across the street from UNION STATION in Los Angeles

Interfaith Walk for Peace
Sunday, October 21st, 4PM
The Interfaith Walk and Rally for Peace exists to promote friendship and understanding among faiths in the Pomona Valley. Our congregation is invited to walk alongside brothers and sisters of faith as we gather at the Claremont Islamic Center (on the north side of Foothill at Garey Ave.) From there the group will walk to Temple Beth Israel (3033 N. Towne Ave., Pomona), stop for water at Pilgrim Place, concluding at the
Claremont United Church of Christ (233 Harrison Ave.) for a light communal meal. Those who are unable to walk the full distance may drive from place to place, and vehicles will be available to pick up those who need to rest mid-route. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome and encouraged. A free-will offering will be taken during the walk to cover costs.