Rev. Jay R. Hartley and the Arizona Region invite you and your congregation to participate in an upcoming region-wide dialogue on Immigration. Below you will find details and newsletter blurbs we hope you would include in your upcoming church communications.

As part of this dialogue Rev. Hartley has prepared and recorded a sermon (emailed to church pastors and offices) based on Ezra 9-10 and the topic of immigration. This sermon can be used by your congregation on Sunday, June 28 as part of your regular worship, or can be viewed online on our Regional Facebook page that same day starting at 12:00 noon.

Later at 4:00pm people are invited to join a region-wide Zoom conversation with Rev. Hartley discussing the sermon and immigration. Instructions to participate are contained in the newsletter blurbs below.

After this regional discussion Rev. Hartley will prepare a followup sermon that will be ready for Sunday, July 12.

Many of you may already be scheduled to preach that day, so you are welcome to show or send the sermon to your congregation earlier that week as an extra if you’d like. (If you do that, please limit it to your congregation as others might be showing that following Sunday).

Newsletter blurb for those showing the sermon video on Sunday, June 28:

“Rev. Jay Hartley, our Regional Minister and President, invites you to a Zoom discussion about immigration on Sunday, June 28, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. If you would like to participate please register at azdisciples.org/immigration-dialogue.

In preparation for the discussion, you are invited to watch his sermon on immigration during our Sunday morning worship service on June 28.

If you have additional time and interest, you are also invited to read the discussion guide “Coming to America. Who Should We Welcome? What Should We Do?: A Faith-Based Community Deliberative Issue” in English or Spanish at azdisciples.org/immigration-dialogue.”

Newsletter blurb for those NOT showing the sermon video on Sunday, June 28:

“Rev. Jay Hartley, our Regional Minister and President, invites you to a Zoom discussion about immigration on Sunday, June 28, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. If you would like to participate please register at azdisciples.org/immigration-dialogue.

In preparation for the discussion, you are invited to watch his sermon on immigration which will be posted here on the Regional Facebook page at 12:00 noon on June 28.

If you have additional time and interest, you are also invited to read the discussion guide “Coming to America. Who Should We Welcome? What Should We Do?: A Faith-Based Community Deliberative Issue” in English or Spanish at azdisciples.org/immigration-dialogue.”


Note from Rev. Hartley: The invitation is primarily for lay people – members of your congregation.  That said – pastors are welcome to participate. But you are not expected to.  I am not trying to add to your workload, but provide another forum for our church members to engage the gospel and current events.