Lenten Outreach Project

Engaging God’s Mission of the Beloved Community

The Episcopal Church of Minnesota will continue with the mission opportunity of Engaging God’s Mission of the Beloved Community, looking at it through a new lens:  responding to the spirit’s invitation. Beloved Community has been talked about in many ways by many people. But God calls us to Beloved Community when God calls us to bring the Kingdom of God here on earth. To bring justice, to reconcile relationship, to speak truth, to walk humbly, to care for creation. God calls us to this work – to discern the gifts that we have been given, and put those gifts to work in building the Beloved Community, the Kingdom of God on earth.

2019 Lenten Outreach Project

This year the Outreach Working Group has chosen Southeastern Minnesota Interfaith Immigrant Legal Defense as the focus of our Lenten Outreach Project. The project runs from Ash Wednesday (March 6th) through Holy Saturday (April 20th).

SMIILD is a non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Minnesota (MS 317A). Their fiscal sponsor is the Diversity Council, a 501 c3 organization committed to civic, educational, and health equity. SMIILD believes in the sanctity of the family and the inherent worth of every individual. They are working to ensure that the ideals of the United States apply to everyone residing in this community. These ideals include the presumption of innocence, the right to legal counsel, equal treatment under the law, the right to be released on bail, and the right to humane treatment by government agents.

They Will Work To Do This By:

  • Learning of and responding to the needs of our local immigrant communities.
  • Helping to ensure legal representation and justice for persons involved in the immigration court system.

SMIILD is made up of members of faith communities or organizations that have endorsed the proposal for an Immigrant Legal Defense Fund or faith communities that have designated themselves as sanctuary or sanctuary support.

At This Point:

SMIILD has a goal to raise at least $50,000 to be able to contract with a nonprofit legal services provider to provide assistance to people in the immigration court system or in ICE detention who lack the means to hire an attorney. Having an attorney can significantly improve the chances of avoiding detention and deportation. The opportunity for a fair hearing is a matter of fundamental justice.

Please consider a donation to benefit Southeastern Minnesota Interfaith Immigrant Legal Defense, which are engaging God’s mission of the Beloved Community.

2019 Lenten Outreach Brochure and Donation Form.

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