Christ’s Church, Better Together

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Together we proclaim and embody God’s unconditional love for the sake of the world
Christ’s Church, Better Together
Message from Bishop Gonia
The court-ordered reunification of immigrant families has created an opportunity for action on the part of people of faith and good-will in Albuquerque. At the request of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, one of the largest refugee resettlement agencies in the United States, Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains (LFSRM) is coordinating emergency services for over 300 immigrant families who are in need of temporary housing, food, clothing, legal/health referrals, and transportation before locating with family member and friends to await the outcome of their legal hearings, such as asylum request. LFSRM was called upon thanks to its reputation in resettling refugees and expertise working with children and families who have experienced trauma.

The Rocky Mountain Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is proud to support this important work of our social service affiliate and is grateful for the engagement of related agencies, communities of faith and generous people across Albuquerque in providing a hands-on welcome to these distressed families. In addition to emergency services, reunited families will have access to emotional and spiritual support along with the caring hospitality that is characteristic of New Mexicans. Agencies providing critical partnership for this effort include, NM Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice, and the NM Conference of Churches.

While we may differ in our individual perspectives about how to best address our nation’s immigration crisis, our heritage as Americans and our deepest values as people of faith compel us to provide care and compassion to the most vulnerable among us. This is a time for us to join our efforts for the sake of being better together.

Those who wish to learn more and assist in this effort can find more information at

The Rev. Jim Gonia, Bishop
Rocky Mountain Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
7375 Samuel Drive, Denver, CO 80221
303-777-6700 + 1-800-525-0462

Together we proclaim and embody God’s unconditional love for the sake of the world
Christ’s Church, Better Together