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Becoming Immigrant Welcoming Congregation


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The day of mono-cultural, mostly homogenous congregations is fast passing away. The fastest growing demographic groups across the state of Wisconsin are racial/ethnic minority immigrants and their children. Wisconsin is fast-becoming an international state, though many of our established congregations do not reflect this change. Becoming Immigrant Welcoming Congregation examines the opportunities, challenges, and potential for inter-cultural, multi-cultural, and inter-generational mission and ministry. Topics we will discuss: language issues, 1st/2nd/3rd+ generation expectations and needs, cultural complexity and competency, and countering unacknowledged racism. We will also offer a planning process for advocacy, organizing, welcoming, and outreaching with immigrant populations.