The Immigration Action and Advocacy Committee 
is committed to educating ourselves and our ECLC congregation on the key issues of immigration. 
Grounded in our deep relationships with mission partners, we seek to engage in actions beyond ECLC that help further justice and humanity for all immigrants, especially those at greatest risk

Volunteer Training for Hosting Asylum Seekers

CLICK HERE for the Training Handout

The International Association for Refugees will conduct training for volunteers on hosting asylum seekers. This is in conjunction with Asylum Coalition for Transition-Twin Cities (ACT-TC) and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.   ECLC is one of the participating congregations with ACT-TC.  

The three-class training will provide important background on the experience of asylum seekers and ways congregations and volunteers can accompany the seekers as they move to independence in this country. Please plan to attend all three classes if possible.

Session 1, Sept. 9 at Gloria Dei, will describe asylum seekers’ experience, what they most need, and how we can engage in helpful and sustainable ways.

Session 2, Sept. 23 at Edina Community Lutheran Church, will help us reflect on our purpose for offering a safe home to asylum seekers and how best to welcome them.

Session 3, Oct. 7 at Edina Community Lutheran Church, will discuss trauma, a common experience for asylum seekers, and offer suggestions for appropriate responses. 

Because of COVID concerns, classes will be held outdoors. There also will be an option for attending on Zoom; you’ll receive information about this option once you register. 

The trainers have found that the experience is richer in-person, so urge that option whenever possible. Indoor restrooms will be available, and contingency plans for inclement weather involve moving to a Zoom format.

Register here. The registration form provides further details. Each session runs from 6-7:30 p.m.   https://www.gloriadeistpaul.org/volunteer-training-for-hosting-asylum-seekers/

Finally, if you have any questions or would like more information about this amazing opportunity, contact terrie.thompson@me.com or call 612-670-2884.

Write to your state legislators about a pending Immigration bill

Click here for information about the bill 
and quick access to your legislators

Click here for a PDF of this ECLC presentation from March 15th, 2021


Read below the Minnesota Sanctuary State Coalition Position Paper



As sibling congregations, ECLC and Cristo de Paz Lutheran Church in El Salvador are in deep relationship. These photos are from a visit to El Salvador which included visiting the Re-migration center, where Salvadorans returning from deportation are processed. These visits fuel our desire for comprehensive and dignified immigration reform.


Together with our bilingual sibling congregation, St. Paul’s in Minneapolis, ECLC advocates for safety for migrants. In these photos at our local immigration court, we re-enacted the migration of the Holy Family at Christmas.


ECLC partners with Interfaith Coalition on Immigration, attending monthly vigils calling for justice for immigrants in detention and their families.


For 80 years, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has offered welcome and hope to more than half a million refugees. Since 1939, LIRS has transformed lives and welcomed the most vulnerable to the United States. Together we have supported, equipped and empowered these new Americans, while advocating for policy that protects all of God’s children.

  • LIRS has resettled 500,000 refugees.
  • 1,500 Hungarians in 1956
  • LIRS assisted when in 1959, 100,000 Cuban refugees arrived in Florida.
  • In 1972 Ugandan dictator Amin expelled 75,000 citizens. 2,000 were accepted into the US as ‘parolees.’ LIRS resettled 600 of the new arrivals.
  • The defeat of South Vietnam by North Vietnam in 1975 triggered a flood of refugees from SE Asia. LIRS transformed from a 4-staff operation to a crisis response organization with more than 100 staff. LIRS oversaw the resettlement of 16,000 refugees.
  • In 1993 the first survivors of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia arrived. In 1999, 1700 ethnic Albanians were forced out of Kosovo into Macedonia and were eventually resettled by LIRS.
  • In 2000 our welcome included people from Sudan, Burma, Tibet, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Iraq, and ethnic Hmong from refugee camps in Thailand.
  • Today, much of their work revolves around advocacy and action for welcoming refugees, assisting with Reception and Welcome for immigrants who have been released from immigration


For the past several years ECLC members have been active advocates for legislative actions proposed or supported by LIRS. LIRS makes advocacy easy! With a tap on a key, your voice can be heard by congressional leaders, state leaders and others involved in decision making. 
Sign up for LIRS Advocacy Alerts at lirs.org/advocate/

We’ve created artistic and heart-warming Christmas cards as part of the LIRS ‘Hope for the Holidays’ program. These cards are sent by LIRS to children separated from their families, and families held in US detention centers. Members also provide financial gifts to LIRS to purchase gifts for children in detention.

Check out their website for informative webinars, and background information on current and pending bills in the House and Senate. LIRS.org


All migrants and refugees are protected, embraced and empowered in a world of just and welcoming communities

As a witness to God’s love for all people, we stand with and advocate for migrants and refugees, transforming communities through ministries of service and justice

Core Values

  • Welcome - “When I was a stranger, you welcomed me.” Rooted in faith, LIRS believes that we are called to welcome those fleeing persecution and seeking refuge in the US.
  • Prophetic Witness -Not all are prophets, but all are called to be prophetic witnesses. At LIRS, this means we are committed to speaking out boldly and standing up for the just treatment of those we serve
  • Integrity-Driven by a desire to serve vulnerable refugees and migrants, we refuse to compromise our moral, economic and political integrity as we carry out our mission to that end.

Committed to bold action and continuous learning. LIRS invites other to join our mission, eager to embrace fresh perspective and explore new ways to engage in this work of welcome.

LIRS depends on a diverse network of community partners, faith-based groups, and private entities to magnify our reach and impact – and they rely on our expertise and leadership.