Immigration Reform (2013)

America is experiencing a moral, economic and political crisis regarding immigration. Therefore, we call for a compassionate bipartisan national solution on immigration that:

  • Respects the God-given dignity of every person
  • Protects the unity of the immediate family
  • Respects the rule of law
  • Guarantees secure national borders
  • Ensures fairness to taxpayers
  • Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents

We urge our nation’s leaders to work together with the American people to pass immigration reform that embodies these key principles and that will make our nation proud.

The ABCNJ Council authorizes the Public Mission Committee to send this Statement of Concern to the New Jersey Congressional Delegation and authorizes our Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor to add his signature to the Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform, from which the above statement was adapted (

Revised by the ABCNJ Council on May 11, 2013 and passed with one abstention.

Judson Press Webinars

Judson Press is kicking off the new year with a series of free webinars during the months of January and February. The diverse topics being presented include immigration, preaching on the economy, and discipleship during the season of Lent. Each will be presented by a Judson Press author. The Winter Webinar Series includes:

  • “Preaching with the Economy in Mind” with Matthew Tennant, author of the new Judson Press release Preaching in Plenty and in Want, Tuesday, January 24, 2:00 p.m. ET
  • “A Virtual Dialogue on the Topic of Immigration” with Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, author of Listen to the Children: Conversations with Immigrant Families, Wednesday, February 1, 10:00 a.m. ET
  • “What Wondrous Love is This: Mary as a Guide for the Season of Lent” with John Burns, author of Modeling Mary in Christian Discipleship, Tuesday, February 28, 2:00 p.m.

Registration for each of these webinars is available online at

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