A new website for people of faith, ONWARD for Sojourners, offers many resources on immigration and includes powerful documentaries and discussion guides for people of faith to learn more about immigrants and their stories, the policy debates surrounding immigration, and the steps that people can take to “welcome the stranger” — the sojourner — who come to the United States.
Amid the current divisive rhetoric surrounding the topics of immigration and refugees, ONWARD for Sojourners provides people of faith with the tools to combat hatred and xenophobia by spreading the message of welcoming love for those who have come to the U.S. for a better future.
Each section of the platform focuses on different aspects of immigrant experiences, such as immigrants’ contributions to communities, family life, or the realities of detention and deportation and much more.
ONWARD for Sojourners also features documentary films showing the real lives of immigrants here in the U.S., as well as discussion guides that further explore the films and their multi-layered topics. These discussion guides can be used in any small or large group setting and include biblical references that discuss the moral imperative behind immigration.
The Sojourners organization encourages people of faith to use this multimedia platform to adopt these stories as part of the story of the church and of the nation as a whole.
ONWARD’s key partners in the faith-based community are two organizations that have long been active around immigrant issues — Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Service and Sojourners. Welcoming America,, a national network of nonprofit affiliates, is also onboard. Major funding is coming from The MacArthur Foundation.
For more information about ONWARD for Sojourners, visit http://onward.sojo.net/.