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They Are Us Book Study


Pastor Ryan Prondzinski, President of Michigan Refugee Hope, and Pastor Erick Johnson, board member, will be leading a new five-week Book Study on the book by Bishop Stephen Bouman on the book, They Are Us.

You may purchase your book at the local bookstore or through Amazon at They Are Us: Lutherans and Immigration, Second Edition: Bouman, Stephen, Deffenbaugh, Ralston, Marty, Martin E.: 9781506464213: Books

In this second edition of the book, authors Stephen Bouman and Ralston Deffenbaugh observe that ten years after they wrote the first edition of this book, immigration is an even more contentious issue in society and the church, and immigrants are much more vulnerable, mistreated, and blamed than ever before.

They Are Us encourages congregations to engage in the public space with grace and to offer hospitality in an often-alien world. The authors propose that the church, at every level, from local to national to global, work to transform our present polarization and fear and lead to real change. They envision a community that offers a haven for every refugee, a job for every migrant, a home for every immigrant--a vision that is profoundly biblical and deeply faithful.

Through stories of crisis and hope, They Are Us helps Christian communities understand themselves and their ministries as part of God's narrative of love and hospitality for the little, the lost, the last, and the least. These stories show there is no greater power to unite our divided, angry, and fearful church and society than the presence of the crucified and risen Christ among us.

We invite you to join us for this Book Study sponsored by Michigan Refugee Hope. The study will be divided into five sessions via Zoom, meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM, beginning Wednesday, July 7th and concluding on Wednesday, August 4. If you have any questions or wish to be part of this study please contact:

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