New name, same mission! LIRS is becoming Global Refuge. Learn more.

New name.
Same mission.

LIRS is now Global Refuge.

Welcoming newcomers since 1939.

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Faith in Action

Forged in faith and rooted in justice

Your faith community can help welcome immigrants and refugees.

Faith communities play a critical role in welcoming new neighbors alongside Global Refuge – just as they have since our founding nearly 85 years ago.

Today, people of all faiths continue to speak out, take action, and embody ministries of welcome in communities across the United States. As witnesses to God’s love for all people, together we stand with and advocate for immigrants and refugees, transforming communities through ministries of service and justice. Explore this page for resources, stories and opportunities for your faith community to take action.

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Refugee couple from the Democratic Republic of Congo with pastor Jared Carlson.

Be a part of a refugee family’s resettlement journey

You and your faith community group can partner with a local resettlement agency to provide wrap-around support to a family entering the United States. This could include home set-up, transportation, meals, and local guidance – but most importantly, being a welcoming friend.

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Learn, explore, and grow together

Use our Interfaith Resources to explore the rich cultural history of immigrant populations in the U.S. with your community.

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Emillie Binja presides over a service at a Lutheran Church.

Live out your Biblical call to welcome the stranger

Browse our collection of Congregational Resources for Christian Communities.

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Share a story of welcome

Does your faith community have a story of accompanying immigrants and refugees? Whether a recent experience or decades ago, we want to hear your welcome story!

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Get Involved with the Work of Global Refuge

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There are plenty of other ways to engage in the work of welcome—through volunteer opportunities, advocacy, and more.

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Explore the many ways to support Global Refuge.

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