Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice

Mission statement:
Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ) is a coalition of individuals, faith leaders and diverse faith communities called by our conscience to respond actively and publicly to the suffering of our immigrant brothers and sisters in the U.S. Through advocacy and outreach, we educate the community about the injustices current immigration policies inflict on the entire community and we provide real opportunities to take action for change. Just as we open our hearts to provide welcome and accompaniment to people facing persecution and oppression, we open our doors to offer Sanctuary for immigrants faced with family separation.

How Bethel is involved:
Bethel has a cohort of members that participated in a six month series that broadened our horizons and taught us and other interfaith cohorts from all around Portland how to:

Show up in support of community members facing a deportation hearing or in detention.
Educate those around us about the realities of immigrants’ rights and justice.
Meet with our elected officials to present concerns and request action surrounding immigrant rights.
Bring our energy and enthusiasm to events, vigils, rallies, and press conferences advocating for immigrants’ rights.
Strengthen the interfaith movement with our diverse voices, faith traditions, and our commitment to Welcome the Stranger.

If you are interested in any of the above and would like to know more about IMIrJ or Bethel’s cohort, feel free to ask Pastor Mike, Pastor Christine, Barb Keys, Nash Ababu, Karen Carpenter or Dorian Bentley