[fsf60k] Fwd: Immigration issues
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- Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2012 13:29:03 -0400 (EDT)
-----Original Message----- From: LI Council of Churches <LI_Council_of_Churches@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: akillelea <akillelea@xxxxxxx> Sent: Mon, Jul 2, 2012 10:11 am Subject: Immigration issues PRESBYTERIANS SPEAK OUT ON ARIZONA’S IMMIGRATION LAW On June 26th, the Presbytery of Long Island adopted the following resolution: “The Presbytery of Long Island takes exception to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday, June 25, 2012, in that the provisions that the Court left in place may lead to racial profiling in our country.” PREACHING ABOUT IMMIGRATION Yours truly will be preaching on immigration on Sunday, August 19, at 10 a.m. at First Church, Baldwin (United Methodist), 881 Merrick Road, a block east of Grand Ave. Come if you can! And I have been asked to preah about immigration on World Communion Sunday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. at Westhampton Presbyterian Church, 83 Meeting House Road in Westhampton Beach, and to speak during a luncheon after worship on how to talk about immigration without alienating your friends needlessly. All are invited! HELP FOR IMMIGRANT WORKERS The State Department of Labor has a host of free programs designed to help immigrants break into the workforce. The New York State Department of Labor is addressing the language/employment barrier with a new program designed to help immigrants navigate the working world and learn English as well. Immigrant workforce counselors are set up at the State Labor Department's one-stop centers in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Flushing, Patchogue, Yonkers, Buffalo, Syracuse and Utica and they can provide assistance in a wide variety of languages. They also refer clients to English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. All of the Immigrant Workforce Project programs are free. For more information, visit http://www.labor.ny.gov. INTERRELIGIOUS VISITS A recent Pew Report noted that more immigrants came to the U.S. in 2010 from Asia than from Latin America, which suggests that we may all need to get to know some new neighbors. The LICC’s Dialogue Committee wants to encourage inter-denominational and inter-religious visits to houses of worship, which is one way to create communities that welcome immigrants. When Christians meet local Sikhs, Bahais, and Jains, they are reminded that not all recent immigrants are from Latin America. And Latinos often find they need a little help in understanding Long Island’s astonishing religious diversity. If a picture is worth a thousand words, someone remarked once at a meeting of the Long Island Multi-Faith Forum, a visit is worth a thousand pictures. Would your church, synagogue, mosque, gurudwara, temple or fellowship welcome interfaith visitors? If so, what are good times to come and whom should we list as a contact for visits? Is there anything you would like visitors to know about where they should sit, what they should wear, and what you would prefer that they do or not do? The Forum has done more than 275 educational programs, mostly in English but also some in Spanish to help Latinas get to know people they are likely to encounter on Long Island. You might also consider hosting the Forum’s “Building Bridges” program or its “What’s My Faith?” game show. Both are great ways to help your congregation or community group to understand your immigrant neighbors. The Rev. Thomas W. Goodhue Executive Director Long Island Council of Churches 1644 Denton Green Hempstead, NY 11550 516-565-0290 ext. 206 (voice) 516-565-0291 (fax) tomgoodhue@xxxxxxxxxxxxx http://www.liccny.org Click to view this email in a browser If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply to this message with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line or simply click on the following link: Unsubscribe LI Council of Churches 1644 Denton Green Hempstead, New York 11550 US Read the VerticalResponse marketing policy.