(Mennonite Church USA)—What are the basic facts about U.S. immigration? Who are the people involved? What does the Bible have to say to Christians about immigration? What role might Anabaptists fill within this age-old challenge?
Mennonite Church USA’s Bible study on immigration unpacks these questions and others. Titled Radical Hospitality: Responding to the issue of immigration, the resource is designed for use by small fellowship groups, Sunday school classes, weekend adult Bible schools and congregational in-services.
The core curriculum is based on five videos (each 15–20 min.) and an accompanying Resource Guide, which includes tips for facilitating a successful experience, discussion questions, and a robust list of additional resources. Groups can customize the curriculum to be six to 13 sessions long, depending on their preference.
“Radical Hospitality is the result of efforts by many dedicated people who love the church and their neighbors,” says Iris de León-Hartshorn, director of transformative peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. “My prayer is that congregations will use this material and have a better understanding of the immigration issues in our country and how they impact thousands of people each day.”
The resource is free; all materials are accessible online.
—Mennonite Church USA staff
Radical Hospitality: Responding to the issue of immigration logos in English and Spanish
Images from videos that are part of the Radical Hospitality: Responding to the issue of immigration Bible study:
Danny Carroll R., Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Denver (Colo.) Seminary, speaks during the videos accompanying Sessions 1 and 2 of the Radical Hospitality: Responding to the issue of immigration Bible study. The videos are excerpted from his keynote presentation to the Mennonite Church USA 2013 Delegate Assembly in Phoenix on July 2, 2013.
Jeannette Pazos, director of the Hogar de Esperanza y Paz (Home of Hope and Peace) in Nogales, Mexico, speaks during the video accompanying Session 4 of the Radical Hospitality: Responding to the issue of immigration Bible study.