Worship Materials on Immigration
Multigenerational Resources (PDF, 3 pages) for Congregational Worship, Reflection, and Action
Suggested Hymns and Songs
- Abraham Journeyed to a New Country, by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette for the National Council of Churches
- We’ll Build a Land (#121 from Singing the Living Tradition)
- Soon the Day Will Arrive (#146 from Singing the Living Tradition)
In addition to hymns, the following songs have been used in UU services:
- Would You Harbor Me? (YouTube) (lyrics) (arrangement), by Sweet Honey in the Rock
- Marching into the Light (Marchando hacia la Luz) (YouTube), by Andres Useche
Suggested Scripture Readings
"When strangers sojourn with you in your land, you shall do them no wrong, the strangers who sojourn with you shall be to you as natives among you, and you love them as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt."
"If your brother becomes impoverished and his means falter in your proximity, you shall strengthen him-stranger or resident-so that he can live with you."
"Then I will draw near to you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and those who do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts."
"[Lord,] when did we see you a stranger and invite you in?" The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
—Matthew 25: 38, 40
"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."
"For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
"...you are no longer strangers and sojourners but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God."
"And let not those who possess dignity and ease among you swear not to give to the near of kind and to the needy, and to refugees for the cause of God. Let them forgive and show indulgence."
"And do good unto your parents, and near of kin, and unto orphans, and the needy, and the neighbour from among your own people, and the neighbor who is a stranger, and the friend by your side, and the wayfarer, and those whom you rightfully possess. Verily, God does not love any of those who, full of self-conceit, act in a boastful manner..."
"Those who believed and adopted exile and fought for the Faith, with their property and their persons, in the cause of Allah, as well as those who gave (them) asylum and aid—these are (all) friends and protectors, one of another."
—Al Anfal 8:72
- The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus
- Patriot, by Alice Walker
- The Lesson (first stanza), by W. H. Auden
- Bread and Roses, by James Oppenheim
- La Ruta de Mujeres, by Rev. Delle McCormick
- Mi Tribu/ My Tribe, by Alberto Blanco (Translation by James Nolan)
These prayers are offered as examples. Some may have to be adapted for use in a Unitarian Univeralist setting.
- Prayer to End Poverty (Catholic)
- Immigration Prayer (UCC), by Rev. Loren McGrail
- Prayer for Immigrants (Catholic)
- Prayer for Immigrants (PDF), by Rev. Jessica Vazquez Torres of Interfaith Workers Justice
- An Immigrant Prayer (Catholic)
- Prayer of the Farm Workers’ Struggle, by Cesar Chavez
- Blessing Prayer, from National Farm Worker Justice Ministry
- Prayer for Migrants, by Jane Deren 2007
For more information contact socialjustice @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Thursday, January 31, 2013.