Welcoming Week: Debunking Immigration – A Theological, Historic, and Contemporary Analysis


Debunking Immigration: A Theological, Historic, and Contemporary Analysis – Organized by Central Oregon Neighbor-Love Alliance (CONL)

Location: Bend Church – United Methodist (680 NW Bond St., Bend, OR)

Date/Time: Friday, September 22nd from 7:00-8:30p

Contact: Karen Wykes

Featuring national expert, advocate, and author, Michelle Warren, this presentation on Friday, September 22nd intends to create a shared understanding of the phenomenon of human movement throughout time with a special emphasis on how people of faith can and must respond to our global community of migrants.  Throughout the evening, we’ll gain practical tools on how we can love our neighbors in ways that transcend boundaries, borders, and documentation statuses.  This forum is open to the public and local faith communities are encouraged to send their leadership teams.

For more Welcoming Week events, check out the City Calendar.


Did you know that on June 21, 2017, the Bend City Council unanimously supported a resolution for the City of Bend to be recognized as a Welcoming City?!

Here is a link to the Welcoming City Resolution

You may be wondering: “What is a ‘Welcoming City’?” and “What does it mean for Bend?

In summary; Welcoming Cities are guided by the principles of inclusion and creating communities that prosper because everyone feels welcome; including immigrants and refugees. There are some specific inclusive actions that Bend committed to as a “Welcoming City” which will provide equitable access to the cities services and economic opportunities. This is not just a “warm and fuzzy”, in name only sort of resolution but something that, if Bend embraces it fully, can be impactful to our immigrant community. For example:

  • In alignment with Oregon state laws, Bend will continue to refrain from the use of City funds, personnel and equipment from enforcing federal immigration laws and detaining people solely on their immigration status.
  • Bend will ensure that all people, regardless of race, religion, economic status, cultural, or language backgrounds, can enjoy full access to services to which they are entitled.

Here is a link to the Welcoming America website for more details about this movement.