[fsf60k] Fwd: Immigration issues

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  • Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2012 13:29:03 -0400 (EDT)

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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 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.”
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!
                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.
                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)

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