When Jesus asks us to “love our neighbors” what does that phrase mean to you? Are we to love our neighbors who do not look like us; speak other languages; observe different cultural traditions; practice unfamiliar religious beliefs; or cross our borders illegally?
Regardless of where you live, chances are that you will experience different types of people dwelling and working in your midst. Migratory patterns are shifting worldwide, and these shifting patterns are changing the face of local communities, states, and countries. When we witness new people in our communities, many of whom may not speak, dress, act, or look like us, are we welcoming them into the “Beloved Community” or are we unaccepting or fearful of our differences?
This February, GCORR’s monthly Vital Conversations Project focuses its attention on how immigration and migration are changing our communities–and the intercultural competencies that are required to successfully navigate these changes.
Throughout the month we will spotlight local churches that are reflecting their changing community demographics through multicultural worship services, programs, and outreach. We will also showcase first-person commentaries, as well as recommended readings and resources.
Here are some easy ways that you can engage in the conversation:
- Pen a 500-word or fewer commentary and send it to Barbara Michelman for consideration;
- Like, retweet, or comment on our related social media and/or website content this month;
- Share a related resource or recommended reading so that we can add it to our website offerings;
- Forward this email to 10 people; and/or
- Help spread the word about our upcoming Twitter chat on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m. EST, when we will explore the topic of immigration and migration and how Jesus calls us to serve our new and ever-changing neighbors.