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Meet Jacques Mushagasha, a naturalized U.S. citizen living today in Rockingham County. In 2003, he resettled in the U.S. with his wife and family from a refugee camp in Zambia– after fleeing from his home in war-torn Congo.   In making the transition to the U.S., the family has left […]

Meet Jacques Mushagasha



As those of our Covenant Congregations which are Christian prepare to celebrate Advent (preparation for the coming of Christ) and Christmas (celebration of Jesus’ birth), we thought it might be helpful to provide some resources for the First Sunday of Christmas, which is Sunday, January 1 (for congregations following the […]

Jesus is a Refugee – Resources for the First Sunday ...




Check out the October edition of the Faith in Action newsletter here, or you can find it on our Resources page. Click HERE for the October newsletter.  

October Newsletter


Shaymaa and her family are refugees from Iraq, they fled their home country to Syria before coming to Harrisonburg. Now an assistant teacher at Keister Elementary, the video tells some of their story of adapting to a new country and community.

Video of Iraqi Family in Harrisonburg



Great article on the Harrisonburg Public Schools leadership in services for dual language learners. https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/policy-papers/critical-mass/

Harrisonburg Public Schools


Upcoming webinars from Welcoming America: Welcoming and Schools: Monday, October 3 at 2:00 Welcoming and Health Equity: Tuesday, October 4 at 2:00 Welcoming and Community Engagement: Wednesday, October 5 at 2:00 Welcoming and Race: Thursday, October 6 at 2:00 https://www.welcomingamerica.org/calendar

Welcoming Webinars


In this video from Welcoming America, watch how the city of Nashville transformed itself from fear of immigrant newcomers to a place that actively welcomes them and is thriving because of it.

How Welcoming Newcomers Transformed Nashville



Join the Issues Committee on Tuesday, September 20, at 7:00pm at Asbury United Methodist Church, Room 207. ¬†They will be discussing our three new issue priorities for Fall 2016 – Spring 2017: Formation of an Advisory Council and seeking inclusion of this Council in Harrisonburg’s Comprehensive Plan. Rockingham County joining […]

Issues Committee