Create a DREAM Sabbath for your community

Latino youth from Eastern Pennsylvania Conference churches gather together to worship and to become “Dreamers” working in support of the DREAM Act.  

Bishop Peggy Johnson invites our churches to hold a DREAM Sabbath to focus a service or part of a service on the DREAM Act. Read her blog by clicking here.  Visit the website of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition to sign up to participate and check out a packet which will include theological reflections, sermon starters, stories of DREAM students, bulletin inserts, myths and facts about the Act, and a petition that people can sign to support the DREAM Act.

The Rapid Response Team of EPA is requesting that churches in our conference pray for the Dreamers during the days between Sept 16 and Oct 16th.

Any of the Sundays during that time your service can have some kind of focus on the Dream Act.  We would like our churches to pray for these young persons who many were brought here by their parents when they were little and identify with this country as their own.  As persons committed to our values of hard work and education, they too would like to continue the dream of gaining an education and continue the legacy of countless others by becoming part of this American fabric.

If you are interested in having a young person come to your church to speak or would like further information, please contact the following persons.  Rev. Lilian Cotto (Luky728@aol.com), Rev. Lydia E. Muñoz (lydiaem0501@gmail.com) or Ms. Ruth Daugherty (rdaugherty@mycyberlink.net).

Background

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act is a bipartisan bill that would allow a select group of immigrant students to contribute fully to America.  It would give these students a chance to earn legal status if they came to the U.S. as children (15 or under), are long-term U.S. residents (continuous physical presence for at least five years), have good moral character, graduate from high school (or obtain a GED), and complete two years of college or military service in good standing.

Legislative Update

In December 2010, advocates and communities around the country were deeply disappointed when the Senate came just five votes short of invoking cloture on the DREAM Act.  If passed, it would have provided a path to citizenship for undocumented youth brought here as children who have graduated from high school or obtained a GED and continue on to college or join the military.
In May 2011, the DREAM Act was reintroduced by Senator Durbin (D-IL), champion of this legislation for over a decade.  On June 28th, the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration Refugees, and Border Security held a hearing on the DREAM Act.

Plan a DREAM Sabbath Event in Your Community

This fall, faith communities around the country will host hundreds of “DREAM Sabbath” events to raise awareness for the DREAM Act.  Between September 16th and October 9th, we invite you and your community to integrate stories of DREAM students into your prayers, readings, reflections, or study sessions as a way to help educate and spread awareness of DREAM students and their hopes to attain full recognition of their contributions to our communities.
Click here to sign up!  Let us know the dates of your faith community’s DREAM Sabbath celebration, and make sure to let us know if you have any questions.  We will send you all the information you need to start planning, and we can also put you in touch with a DREAMer who can tell their story at your event.
Your participation will help spread understanding of the DREAM Act and build broad support for DREAM students!

Download the Toolkit

Download the Toolkit

Check out the IIC Dream Sabbath toolkit, which you can download as a full packet (either in editable Word format or PDF format), or by section:
  1. Introduction
  2. DREAM Sabbath Event Planning
  3. DREAM Sabbath Press Conference Article
  4. DREAM Act and Immigration Education Materials
  5. Theological Reflections
  6. The DREAM Act Presented in Different Faiths
  7. Sermon Starters
  8. Action Steps
  9. DREAMers’ Stories
  10. DREAM Act Faith Lessons
  11. Sample Bulletin Insert

Track DREAM Sabbath Events

This map shows the locations around the country where we have confirmed DREAM Sabbath events taking place.  To add an event in your area, fill out the form HERE.