Please Note: This is not a Christian movie but we have included it in our resource section because it contains material that you may find helpful for discussion. Description of this movie from the film’s website: Prince William County, Virginia becomes ground zero in America’s explosive battle over immigration policy when elected officials adopt a [...]
“Hardworking single father Carlos Galindo (Demian Bichir) lives life for a single purpose: to provide his teenage son with the opportunity for a better life. Director Chris Weitz (About a Boy) crafts a powerful, emotional and ultimately uplifting look at the heroic struggle of immigrants in their quest for the American dream.”
A NEW DREAM from UnDocumented.tv on Vimeo. Click here to go to this resource:A New Dream About this resource (source): Immigration is a hot topic right now. But if all you see are the stories in the news, its easy to presume that those represent the majority of immigrants. Its when you actually have personal [...]
Just as Evangelicals in times past have stood together on the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage, and global struggles against poverty, religious persecution, and AIDS/HIV, we must once again demonstrate a mosaic of solidarity around comprehensive immigration reform–a reform that reflects God’s mandate to remember the stranger for we were once strangers.
“Bill Hybels and Heather Larson of Willow Creek Community Church interview author Matthew Soerens about the issue of immigration and how the Church should respond.”
From the DVD’s website: Gentrification is a controversial process that is re-shaping American cities. In this video clip, Dr. Robert Lupton of FCS Ministries (Atlanta) explains the term “gentrification” – giving a short history and definition. This clip is one of the bonus materials in UE2: New Neighbors.
“The growing immigrant community in America is a literal cross-cultural mission field at our doorstep. Over the years efforts made to reach these precious souls with the Gospel by an existing English-speaking congregation has proven difficult it not disastrous. Below are the observations of two men regarding the challenges facing immigrant churches and pastors when meeting in English speaking churches.”
We call for an end to the unproductive, divisive, and fear-driven anti-immigrant rhetoric in the media, which has often castigated all immigrants, regardless of citizenship status, and derailed attempts at true reform. As Christian leaders who share the biblical values named below, we commit to fostering civil dialogue on immigration in our churches and in our communities. We call on President Barack Obama to provide the leadership necessary to move from the hateful rhetoric that has often characterized this national debate to action that will fix our broken immigration system. We look forward to working alongside the president to lead a new national conversation on immigration policy that reflects the best of our moral and civic values.
With Americans on all sides of the issue up in arms and Congress embroiled in a knock-down-drag-out policy battle over how to move forward, CROSSING ARIZONA shows how we got to where we are today . . .
Ellis Island: The Immigrant Experience DVD Mandy Patinkin hosts this documentary tribute to the Isle of Hope which welcomed millions of America’s immigrants for half a century. For most, Ellis Island was once America’s Golden Door. Interviews from the Ellis Island Oral History Project recount the trials, joys, and sadness of immigration experiences, including the [...]
“The goal of this event is to promote a high level conversation about immigration in a way that honors the example of Jesus Christ and the written Word of God. Keeping Jesus and his Word at the center of this discussion is critical. We want to transcend partisan and media sound-bytes and to model an exceptionally high level of civility as we think carefully about an issue that is both complicated and important.”
How To Prepare To Launch An Immigrant Ministry Through an Established Congregation by Jose Fernandez
“Spanish-speaking church planters experience conflicts as they attempt to establish an ethnic ministry within an Anglo church.. The issues are fairly common and can be minimized, if not eliminated, by the implementation of an integration strategy that can serve both groups. Here are seven points of consideration for such a strategy.”
“The church’s Great Commission is to “make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19), and immigrants—regardless of their legal status—present a mission field at our doorstep. Churches should welcome immigrants, recognizing a divinely appointed mission opportunity.”
From the DVD’s website: How do you think about immigration biblically? Dr. Carroll R. (a professor at Denver Seminary and author of Christians at the Border) travels around the country providing a biblical and historical context for engaging the issue of immigration. Urban Entry is releasing a special 60 minute DVD of Dr. Carroll’s teaching [...]
Immigrant Nation! is a feature documentary film about the modern immigrant rights movement. In particular, it is the story of the
struggle of Elvira Arellano, a single mother from Chicago, who fought
her deportation. The film also interweaves the stories of individuals,
organizations, activists and community leaders united by passion and a
concern for justice.
Please Note: This is not a Christian movie but we have included it in our resource section because it contains material that you may find helpful for discussion. Description of this movie from the film’s website: Made in L.A. is an Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working [...]
“Minorities make up nearly half the children born in the U.S., part of a historic trend in which minorities are expected to become the U.S. majority over the next 40 years. In fact, demographers say this year could be the “tipping point” when the number of babies born to minorities outnumbers that of babies born to whites.”
“Powerful movie about the prejudice experienced by a Muslim immigrant from India named Rizwan Khan and his efforts to prove, ‘I am not a terrorist’. It would be a great exercise for a group of Christians to watch this movie and discuss the question, ‘How could we effectively share the love of Christ with Rizwan, Mandira, and their family?’”
“Papers” is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside the U.S. and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut.
A new national survey by Public Religion Research Institute finds broad support across religious groups for a comprehensive approach to immigration reform and strong approval for clergy speaking out on the issue. It also shows that Americans in different religious traditions share to a remarkable extent strong support for a set of values that should guide approaches to immigration reform.
“Make no mistake; we firmly believe that illegal immigration is very problematic for our country and must be sternly addressed. However, we must address this issue in strict compliance with our Judeo-Christian values. “
I believe this is one of the most powerful movies that has ever been produced on the experience of first and second generation immigrants in America. It traces the experience of a couple and their two children as they leave their family and way of life in India and start a new life in the [...]
Please Note: This is not a Christian movie but we have included it in our resource section because it contains material that you may find helpful for discussion. We recommend reading a review with more information about its moral content before watching this movie or showing it to a group. Description of this movie from [...]
“We must never deny that illegal immigrants are breaking the law. Yet these immigrants’ law-breaking is no reason for the church to remain uninvolved in North America’s largest mission field today consisting of fifteen to eighteen million people, many of whom tremble in the shadows of our society. Civil law is written on soft paper and constantly evolves. God’s law was chiseled on stone tablets and has remained unchanged.”
“Immigration — so central to our American identity, history, and economy — is a political hot potato to be sure. It is messy, and the system is broken. Our current policies restrict the number of immigrants that can come to the United States per year per nation. That number is too small to meet (a) the economic demand for workers by U.S. employers and (b) the draw to leave poor nations to come to a rich nation in hopes of providing for families and making a life.”
“UnDocumented.tv is a media-driven, culture-shaping movement seeking to inspire and mobilize young Evangelical Christians towards championing the needs of immigrants. We’re creating provocative, response-oriented short films paired with intentional experiences for groups and individuals.”
“Some in our society see immigration as an invasion. Many see immigrants—especially undocumented immigrants—as a threat to our economy, our security, and our national identity. But as a follower of Christ, God has been challenging Matthew Soerens and Jesse Oxford to see things differently: as a beautiful, missional opportunity for the Church.”
“Using footage from across the country – including Ellis Island – “UE4: Send These” incorporates stories and interviews to raise 3 questions designed to help Christians think through and begin discussing the issue of immigration in America. Bonus materials include one hour of teaching from Dr. Daniel Carroll R. (Denver Seminary), one neighbor’s story of learning Spanish, an immigration discussion in a hair salon, a border trip to Mexico, and an introduction to the Christian Community Development Association.”
“Whether you say “undocumented immigrants” or “illegal aliens,” the issue of immigration stirs up all kinds of passion – fear, anger, compassion, uncertainty… Although it is a politically sticky issue, Urban Entry decided to produce a DVD on immigration because the issue raises so many “urban entry” questions about our values, hopes, and fears as we follow Jesus. Conservative and liberals are challenged to re-consider their positions when they discuss this issue as Christians.”
This resource is located at: http://resources.uywiblog.com/?p=97 Quick summary from the website: "There are an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. How do we respond faithfully to that reality? We will talk about the root causes of the immigration crisis, the proposed policy solutions and their potential impact. We will also introduce participants to [...]
“In this book World Relief staffers Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang move beyond the rhetoric to offer a Christian response to immigration. They put a human face on the issue and tell stories of immigrants’ experiences in and out of the system. With careful historical understanding and thoughtful policy analysis, they debunk myths and misconceptions about immigration and show the limitations of the current immigration system. Ultimately they point toward immigration reform that is compassionate, sensible and just, as they offer concrete ways for you and your church to welcome and minister to your immigrant neighbors.”
Please Note: This is not a Christian movie but we have included it in our resource section because it contains material that you may find helpful for discussion. Description of this movie from the film’s website: As the United States continues to build a wall between itself and Mexico, Which Way Home shows the personal [...]