Book List

Immigration: Books

It has been said that “books open windows to the world.” The books listed here are just a few that will take you into the world of an immigrant. You can travel with them on their long journey. They’re not necessarily easy to read. They tell it like it is. These books for adults and children can educate us about the reasons people travel these long distances, in sometimes severe conditions, and how they are welcomed when they arrive. They are stories of hardship, change, heartbreak and hope. We invite you to learn more; use them in a book group, talk about them, share the stories. Help to educate the people around you. “I wanted my children to have a better life. But I didn’t succeed.” from The Death of Josseline

Resources for Racial Justice Work in the Local Church

A summary of books and online resources that individuals or local churches can use to study and discuss the issues of racism and racial justice. Oregon-Idaho MFSA members have identified these resources to make it a bit easier for your church to engage in the topic of racial justice and anti-racism. We invite you to do a book study, watch a film together or find other ways to engage in discussions and action around racial justice in your congregation – from children to adults.

Children’s Books dealing with Racial Justice

Book suggestions for exploring racism and institutional racism with children and teens. These books are great as discussion starters for conversations with adults and young people. Downloadable PDF document.
Discussion Guide

Talking About Race and Racism with Young People

Tips for having conversations with young people about race, justice and inclusion. Complied by staff at Multnomah County Public Library.
Priorities: Racial justice
Online Resource

Immigration: Organizations with Resources

This list has descriptions and links to resources for immigrants and allies.
Organizing Tools

Faith and Facts card

This is a one-page document from GBCS. It is a good basis for discussion and planning action.

The Immigrants Creed

A worship resources, written by José Luis Casal, a statement of faith from the viewpoint of immigrants and their supporters.

Immigrant Welcoming Communities

A toolkit from the United Methodist Board of Church and Society to help local churches and other groups become more intentional in their welcome of immigrants.

Intersectional Approaches to Sexuality and Gender Justice Trainings

As a former LGBTQ reverend in the UMC and an interdisciplinary scholar, Elyse Ambrose offers a unique lens to sexuality and gender justice in faith communities. Her trainings consider robust meanings of the word “inclusion” as participants examine biblical, theological, and ethical foundations of Christian approaches to sexuality and gender, and focus on aligning their praxes with just ways of relating.
Video

Immigration: Video Resources

Watch these documentaries to see the impact of the incredible journey migrants take, the reasons why, the hopes they sometimes don't realize and the reality of detention and deportation.

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