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Join us as the Metropolitan New York Synod sponsors an interactive workshop and training where we can discern our call to care for the stranger and alien in our midst with ELCA AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities) Program Director Mary Campbell, ELCA Advocacy Assistant Director for Migration Policy Alaide Vilchis Ibarra, and leaders from The New Sanctuary Coalition of New York.

Event outline

9:00 AM: Bagels and coffee
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM: AMMPARO Programming
12:00 to 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 to 5:30 PM: Family Reunification in Sion Center & Narthex
1:00 to 3:00 PM: AMMPARO Programming
2:30 PM: AMMPARO Program Mass


The ELCA's AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities) program is a new and promising collaborative resource. AMMPARO seeks justice for thousands of unaccompanied
children who have fled the violence, insecurity and human trafficking rampant in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and come to the United States seeking asylum. The ELCA, by establishing AMMPARO and the Metropolitan New York Synod Council, by declaring us a "Sanctuary Synod," have made ministry to immigrants and asylum seekers a primary focus of our Church's social ministry.

This call to care for "the stranger, the alien and the resident alien" springs from Scripture. Hundreds of biblical texts proclaim this calling, best summed up in Leviticus 19: 33-34: "When the alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt."

This call is rooted in the experience of God's people throughout scripture as, from Abram and Sarah to Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus, God's people are constantly required to uproot their lives and become refugees in Egypt, Canaan and throughout the Near East.

This call has been a priority for Lutherans in America for over 75 years, epitomized in the
formation of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services who, with the cooperation of over 6,000 congregations have resettled thousands fleeing from the ravages of World War II in Europe through the Vietnam War and subsequent wars today.

This call "draws on the best of our nation's traditions as a refuge and haven for the persecuted and destitute." (1998 ELCA Social Message on Immigration).