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When Strangers Become Neighbors: Immigration and the Church Today

Lutheran Services of Georgia

Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

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When Strangers Become Neighbors:

Immigration and the Church Today

I was a stranger and you welcomed me.  Matthew 25:35
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  Mark 12:31

 Saturday, April 6, 2013

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.)

Registration Fee: $15 per person payable to LSG – see below**

As people from around the world make the United States their home, the political, economic, and spiritual issues related to immigration continue to divide us. Even the language we use—alien, stranger, foreigner—creates division. Jesus calls people of faith to show hospitality to the strangers in our midst. But what happens when these strangers become our neighbors, those we are called to love as we love ourselves?

When Strangers Become Neighbors aims to deepen the conversation about the church’s role in loving our new neighbors: refugees who seek safety and a new home; children orphaned or torn from their parents during conflict; asylum seekers, survivors of torture, and victims of human trafficking who need protection; and migrants who flee desperate circumstances in search of opportunity. This event is intended for Social Ministry Committee members, pastors and rostered leaders, lay leaders, and those interested in the church’s response to immigration issues.

  • Keynote Speaker is the Reverend H. Julian Gordy, Bishop of the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Presentations by the Reverend Robert Strickert, representative of the Florida-Georgia District of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and the Reverend Floyd R. Blair, President and CEO of Lutheran Services of Georgia
  • Resources and opportunities will be provided for further conversation, education, advocacy, and volunteer engagement for congregations
  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and LSG will host a “Community Conversation” on immigration issues and the church today for conference attendees as a model of how to design and host conversations that engage newcomers and congregations in productive dialogue.

Registration and Payment

The deadline for registration and payment is April 1, 2013

 Registration and payment must be handled separately

**$15 registration fee made payable to Lutheran Services of Georgia:

  • To pay by check: Remit and mail check with designation "WSBN Conf April 6" to Lutheran Services of Georgia, 100 Edgewood Ave NE, Suite 1800, Atlanta, GA 30303-3066
  • To pay by credit or debit card:  Visit, click on the purple “donate” icon in top-right corner, fill out the form and put “WSBN Conf Apr 6” in the comment section

 For more information: Melanie Johnson at or the Reverend Darrel Petersen at

Co-Sponsored By:

Florida - Georgia District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

Lutheran Services of Georgia

Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Have questions about When Strangers Become Neighbors: Immigration and the Church Today? Contact Lutheran Services of Georgia

When & Where

Christ the King Lutheran Church
5575 Peachtree Parkway
Norcross, GA 30092

Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

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Lutheran Services of Georgia

Lutheran Services of Georgia guides individuals and families on a path from surviving to thriving. We empower those whose lives have been disrupted to discover their strengths and resilience, accompanying them as they grow into vibrant contributors to their community.


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