Friday, April 10, 2020

GOOD FRIDAY Faith-Based Immigration and Refugee Resources

Cross at the Arizona/Mexico Border Photo Source
Art Stations: Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross has traveled across the world raising awareness for those in need of refuge.  The 2019 "Troubled Waters" Art Stations in the Netherlands focuses on the world-wide refugee crisis.

DSJ: Stations of the Cross: The American Immigrant Experience (FIXED!)
Via Cruces: La Experiencia de los Inmigrantes en Los Estados Unidos Based on the Scriptural Version of the Stations by Fr. Jon Pedigo, STL

Daylesford Abbey: Stations of the Cross for Immigrants and Migrants
When we pray the Stations, it is not for the purpose of undertaking an historical remembering of what occurred but to show us what is happening now – what is happening within each of us. The reason for praying the Stations of the Cross is to enter into the mystery of Jesus’ gift of himself for us – to experience his means of transforming suffering through love. (see their collection of themed-SOTC)

Episcopalian Migration Ministries

Our reflection authors represent a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds; each offers a poignant reflection on a Station and its relevance to migration and what it means to welcome the stranger as we would welcome Christ. Each reflection calls us back to our essential identity as beloved children of God and asks us to prayerfully reflect on the meaning of the Cross in a world being transformed by migration.

Im/migration: Stations of the Cross
The following series of stations was curated by Grace Commons during Lent 2012, contemplating each station through the lens of immigration and migration.

The Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) Holy week / Passover Resources 
Coalition members work together to advocate for just and equitable immigration policies, educate faith communities, and serve immigrant populations around the country.
Stations of the Cross EnglishSpanish

JRUSA: The Jesuit Refugee Service Way of the Cross
Christ calls us to keep watch. Let us accompany Jesus on this journey as we watch and pray over all that is going on with many of our sisters and brothers around the world. pdf

Lenten worshippers admired the artwork exhibit created with sacred artifacts found along the U.S.-Mexico border

Only In America Podcast with Ali Noorani: Bearing Witness Along the Border

Ali’s guest is Beth Cossin, a network pastor with the Heritage Church in the Quad Cities in Iowa and Illinois. She is also site director for the Esperanza Legal Assistance Center in Moline, Illinois. Beth recently visited the southern border with fellow pastors from the Wesleyan Church.  She talks with Ali about bearing witness on the delegation trip to El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, the importance of sharing the stories of migrants and serving the underserved in her community.

The Way of the Cross is directed towards those communities and people who are living the painful experience of migration and refugee status, to all who work with migrants and refugees in order to build a better world, a world without borders, and to all men and women of goodwill who wish to be involved in this noble task.

Trocaire: Stations of the Cross: Reflections on war by Syrian Child Refugees
Trócaire is delivering humanitarian assistance to those fleeing conflict and seeking refuge. Download and use our stations of the cross with reflections on war by Syrian child refugees.

Hear the prayers which we pour forth to you, for the freedom of captives and the conversion of those who enslave them.

More Faith-Based Immigration and Refugee Resources

Beloved Community: Sanctuary
Resources about the Sanctuary Movement.  Those who declare sanctuary, pledge to protect immigrant families who face workplace discrimination or unjust deportation.

Catholic Relief Service: Ministry 
Resources throughout the year related to justice for immigrants, refugees, and the marginalized.

CLINIC: Praying the Rosary with Our Lady of Guadalupe and Tales of Immigrants - The Luminous Mysteries
CLINIC invites you to join us in praying for dignity and justice for our immigrant sisters and brothers. Just as the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary shed light on an important aspect of Christ’s mission, we hope these reflections will shed light on some immigrant experiences.

ESA: Immigration and Refugee Resources
We propose a discussion based on the reality that immigrants (authorized or otherwise) are human beings made in the image of God.  Download ESA's Citizen Among Us: Loving the Immigrant as Ourselves, ESA’s free small group study guide on immigration

IIC: Holy Days and Holidays Resources
The Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) is a partnership of faith-based organizations committed to enacting fair and humane immigration reform that reflects our mandate to welcome the stranger and treat all human beings with dignity and respect. Coalition members work together to advocate for just and equitable immigration policies, educate faith communities, and serve immigrant populations around the country.

Esperanza Immigration Legal Services
Driven by the biblical mandate to serve the “least of these” (Matthew- 25:40), we strengthen Hispanic communities. We carry out this mission through a variety of programs and services that are all designed to empower people through education, housing and economic development, immigration legal services, job training and advocacy.

LIRS: Be Not Afraid / No Temas 
Be Informed materials to host a Know Your Rights session for immigrants in your community.

Sojourners: Immigration: Welcoming the Stranger
The United States is a nation of immigrants. Yet, our laws prevent immigrants from using their God-given gifts to improve communities and grow the economy. Through our work with the Interfaith Immigration Coalition and other partners, we are articulating the biblical witness for immigration reform, demonstrating the human cost of inaction, and encouraging our political leaders to take action. By working together, we believe the faith community has a historic opportunity to help create a road map to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans. who wish to fully integrate and contribute to the social fabric of our nation. 

U.S. Citizenship 20, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School

uscitizenpod: Mix and Match U S Citizenship Interview Level D Practice 5


  • Citizenship Quiz D-5 (coming soon)
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz: Juana Sequeira (Jinotepe, Nicaragua) pdf
Extra Credit:
  • uscitizenpod: Susan B. Anthony Day!
  • uscitizenpod: Women and the USCIS 100 Questions: Civics pdf  podcast
  • uscitizenpod: USCIS 100:77 Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Civil Rights podcast
  • VOA Learning English: New York's Central Park to Gain Statue of Women in History article and audio

Thursday, April 9, 2020

U.S. Citizenship 19, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School

VOA Learning English: America's Presidents - Abraham Lincoln


  • Citizenship Quiz D-4 (coming soon)
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz with Angelica Mendoza pdf mp3 video
Extra Credit:

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Online Resources for US Citizenship webinar: Online Resources for US Citizenship

U.S. Citizenship 18, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School

VOANews: Reenactments Mark 150th Anniversary of US Civil War’s End

    • Citizenship Quiz D-3 (coming soon)
    • Citizenship Interview Quiz: América Griselda Ayes (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) pdf
    Extra Credit
    • VOANews: From Africa to America (Special Report--multiple articles and videos) (2019)
      • In 1619, the first Africans were brought to colonial Virginia – in bondage – beginning more than two centuries of slavery in America

    Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship 17, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School

    VOA Learning English Special Project: The U.S. Expands West

      Extra Credit:

      Monday, April 6, 2020

      U.S. Citizenship 16, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School

      VOANews: US Commemorates 400th Anniversary of Slavery in America

        • Citizenship Quiz D-1 (coming soon)
        • Antonio Vazquez Gonzalez (Guadalajara, Mexico) (pdf
          Extra Credit:

          Sunday, April 5, 2020

          Smithsonian Museums Meet Visitors’ Needs Online

          VOANews: Smithsonian Museums Meet Visitors’ Needs Online

          Museums across the U.S. have closed to the public, to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. But that hasn’t stopped the guardians of some of the greatest art collections in the country from sharing their national treasures with people around the world. VOA’s Julie Taboh spoke with the director of one of the Smithsonian Institution’s most popular museums about the many ways they’re reaching their audience.

          Smithsonian Museums Online Exhibits

          Saturday, April 4, 2020

          U.S. Citizenship plus Jigsaw Puzzles equals FAMILY FUN!

          uscitizenpod: U.S. Citizenship + Jigsaw Puzzles = FAMILY FUN!

          One of my favorite indoor activities is putting together jigsaw puzzles. I usually buy colorful puzzles related to U.S. civics, history, and Citizenship!

          Three free online jigsaw puzzles

          Puzzles from my personal collections:
          • Statue of Liberty 550 piece, 1999
          • Aquarius Smithsonian Rosie The Riveter 100 pieces
          • Women March Round Jigsaw Puzzle, 500 Pieces, 2019
          • Ridley's Inspirational Women Feminist Circular Puzzle, 1000 Pieces, 2020
          •, Votes for Women, 500 Pieces, 2019
          •, William H. Johnson: Harriet Tubman, 500 Pieces, 2020
          • Re-marks, Air Mail, 500 pieces, 2019


          VOANews: Jigsaw Puzzles Gain Fans

          Jigsaw puzzles for adults are becoming more popular in America. The puzzles have pieces of different shapes that, when put together, form a picture. (read more and listen too!)

          Friday, April 3, 2020

          U.S. Citizenship 15, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School

          uscitizenpod: Bill of Rights (google slides) (this will be made into a video)

          • A Quick Review of the Bill of Rights and the N-400 Part 12 plus Civics Questions mp3 and pdf and video (2017)
          Extra Credit
          • ListenAndReadAlong is an AWESOME resource that produces videos that highlights words as they are heard from VOA news reports and features.

            VOA Learning English: What Does the Bill of Rights Say?
            What Do the Amendments in the Bill of Rights Say?
            More Bill of Rights Resources

            Wednesday, April 1, 2020

            U.S. Citizenship 14, COVID-19 Break, Milpitas Adult School

            USCIS Temporary Office Closure Extended Until At Least May 3

            • Twenty-seven N-400 and twenty-seven USCIS 100Qs  (2011) (pdf)
            Extra Credit