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

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 after church on the patio or 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. Morgan Auditorium, University of La Verne

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.

Interfaith Women’s Conference
Unveiling: Women, Faith, and Sexual Abuse
Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th
Riverside Convention Center
“This conference is designed as an interfaith conversation about sexual abuse and its impact and devastation in the lives of women and children. Sixteen experts from the three major world religions—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—will address a wide range of topics relating to the experience of sexual abuse in their religious communities. These will include the ways in which religion has often been used to silence victims, and strategies that have worked to recognize and deal with the disastrous effects of sexual abuse on their women, children, and men. This will be an opportunity to learn how to address the needs of victims while helping them and their families heal by drawing on the rich spiritual resources within their own faith tradition.” Register at: http://www.associationofadventistwomen.org/

December 2018

Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT): A Reflection with Michael Himlie
Sunday, December 2nd, 10:40 AM
La Verne Church of the Brethren
Come join CPTer Michael Himlie during Spiritual Formation after worship to hear about his reflections in working with communities as a part of CPT. CPT places teams at the invitation of local peacemaking communities that are confronting situations of lethal conflict. These teams support and amplify the voices of local peacemakers who risk injury and death by waging nonviolent direct action to confront systems of violence and oppression. CPT is supported by historic peace churches, including On Earth Peace, a designated benevolence of the La Verne Church of the Brethren. https://www.cpt.org/ and https://www.onearthpeace.org/