Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

Resolution to Become an Immigrant-Welcoming Congregation

Photo: (c) iStock.com / sigoisette (image #859630472)Adopted by vote of the KMUCC membership on October 28, 2018

It is resolved that Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ become an immigrant-welcoming church. We will covenant together to make immigrant issues one of the lenses through which we explore and extend God’s extravagant welcome. The congregation commits to:

Deepening our connections with

  • Other churches and organizations committed to immigrant justice;
  • The sacred stories of migration, hospitality, injustice and hope that already exist in our traditions;
  • The immigrant communities in our own Southeast Portland and Milwaukie neighborhoods.

Ongoing education about immigration-related issues

  • Learn about issues that have a direct impact on immigrants in our society (e.g., profiling, detainment) and about legislation targeting immigration policy reform;
  • Use resources from and support organizations that work for immigrant justice and progressive immigration reform;
  • Educate ourselves about immigration’s legal and historical context.

Advocating for justice and for comprehensive humane immigration reform

  • Actively work toward comprehensive humane immigration reform in Oregon and the United States, consistent with the policies and teachings of the United Church of Christ;
  • Support the UCC’s and other faith-based organizations’ position calling for an end to programs that separate immigrant families;
  • Uphold Oregon’s and Portland’s sanctuary law as the foundation for disallowing ICE-funded facilities detaining immigrants in this state.