Prepare to welcome Afghan allies and friends

Prepare to welcome Afghan allies and friends

According to a Des Moines Register article on September 16, 2021, Iowa should expect to receive nearly 700 Afghan evacuees in the first wave of resettlements. To help communities to prepare, Church World Service is hosting a webinar on September 30 on Welcoming Afghan Allies and Friends. UMCOR’s trusted partner in refugee and asylum care, Church World Service is one of nine resettlement agencies sanctioned by the Department of State.    Church World Service (CWS) is hosting a call for clergy and...

‘Our mandate is clear’

By Dr. Arthur McClanahan*   “Our mandate is pretty clear,” said Bishop Julius Trimble of the Iowa Conference, “when it comes to loving and welcoming the migrant, the stranger, our neighbor.”  That assessment came following days when "we heard stories of hope and incredible resilience.”   Bishop Trimble offered his reflections while sitting in the airport in Stuttgart Germany following the Global Migration Consultation that brought together some forty persons from around the world for the four ...