Exploring Migration:
A Faith Journey

“Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women, and men who leave or are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more.” ~Pope Francis ~

We are living in a world in which

  • At least, 21 million people are enslaved;
  • An estimated 11 million undocumented migrants reside in the United States;
  • Every minute, 24 people are forcibly displaced worldwide;
  • The United Nations reported 244 million international migrants, the highest number ever recorded for people on the move.

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So how do we respond as Christians?

JustFaith Ministries’ new 8-week program, Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey, invites participants to formulate a personal response to the 21st-century reality of migration inspired by their Christian beliefs. The module explores some of the central questions related to the reality of migration on a global level and in the U.S. context. The sessions provide historical, biblical, and theological perspectives and suggest ways participants can take action in their own context.

Registration will open on November 1, 2017 and program documents will be officially released on November 15, 2017.

This module was developed in partnership with Maryknoll.

Video is from the UN Migration Agency and was published in December 2016.

Program Overview

Groups are co-facilitated by one or two participants.

Sessions

Exploring Migration consists of eight 2 ½-hour sessions. All sessions include prayer, dialogue, active listening, and relationship-building.  Some sessions may include videos and/or a guest speaker.

Participation

JustFaith Ministries recommends that a group be approximately eight to fifteen people.

Resources

Participants deepen their understanding through in-depth reading and viewing videos and online materials. The most essential resource is the community formed through the process.

Immersion Experience

To broaden perspectives, Exploring Migration includes an immersion. Participants visit local organizations to learn from those involved with the issue.

For an overview, sample session and flyer for this module, click the button below and complete the form. You will receive an email with the downloads. If you do not receive the email, contact us at [email protected]

Exploring Migration Overview, Sample and Flyer
Fr. Daniel Groody
“Migration is one of the most complex issues of our times and one of the most important. This JustMatters module looks at the connection between what is happening in our outer world in the movement of peoples and what is happening in our inner world with our spiritual lives. It is more than a chance to gain new information; it offers a chance to gain a new imagination about how we are before God and how we are called to reach out to our neighbor in need. As we look at God’s migration to us in the person of Jesus Christ, we can explore more about our return migration to God through a faith that does justice.”
Deirdre Cornell
“I am very pleased that JustFaith Ministries has chosen to include my book, Jesus Was a Migrant, in its module on migration. This series provides resources and a simple session structure for engaging participants in a transformative process. In these times, when Christians feel so divided, we can turn -- together -- to the Gospel. JustFaith Ministries promotes deep and fruitful conversation about topics that matter to all of us. Without erasing the particularities and complexities of our lived experiences, this module can lead faith communities toward renewed commitment to the evangelical values we hold in common.”
Nancy Servoss
St. Thomas More Student Parish, Kalamazoo, MI
“I am disheartened by the political rhetoric surrounding the issue of immigration. As a Christian, I need to both understand the complicated systems that are in place so I can respond and act in a way that fosters compassion for those who---by choice or necessity---leave their homeland; I need to embrace a worldview; a perspective that combines facts with Gospel teachings. I registered for Exploring Migration as an initial step in this personal quest.”
PROGRAM PRICING

Affordable Pricing for Groups

Churches, Parishes, Organizations

$175

Program Includes:

  • Comprehensive materials for each session
  • Facilitation scripts and guidance
  • Immersion guidance
  • Direct access to program staff for support
  • Additional resources – Group resources $30, and $28 per participant
    All other materials are web-based
Exploring Migration
$175
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Registration will open on November 1, 2017 and program documents will be officially released on November 15, 2017.

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UN Commitment by Faith Leaders

"I will build bridges between the stranger and myself. Through my example, I will encourage others to do the same. I will make an effort not only to welcome the stranger, but also to listen to him or her deeply, and to promote understanding and welcome in my community. I will speak out for social justice for the stranger, just as I do for other members of my community."