Publications, 1975-1986

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service


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arrangement : alphabetical by publication series name and chronological thereunder.
Publications (1975-1986) of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) include LIRS publicity material; "Face to Face" orientation brochures, manuals, workbooks, and supplements for U.S. Lutheran congregations sponsoring refugees; LIRS newsletters including "For Your Information" (1982-1987), "LIRS Bulletin" (1980, 1982, 1985), and "LIRS Bulletin Board (1980-1985); publications concerning the LIRS program; news clipping packets containing articles on refugee groups; and "Welcome Orientation Brochures" and other works published for refugees in their native languages. Refugee groups addressed by the publications include the Vietnamese, Indochineses, Cambodians, Laotians, Chileans, other Latin Americans, the Hmong, Cubans, and Haitians. Some publications are in languages such as Vietnamese and Khmer, as well as English.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) was established in 1967 as a Department under the Division of Welfare Services of the newly created Lutheran Council in the USA (LCUSA)(1967-1987), an inter-Lutheran agency of The American Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church in America, the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (SELC)(which became an LCMS nongeographic district in 1970), and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. (In 1978, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches joined the Council and in 1982 the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America became a member.) LIRS, known also as the Department of Immigration and Refugee Services (DIRS), continued the work of resettling and sponsoring refugees in the U.S. that its predecessor refugee resettlement agencies had initiated in the 1940s under the.
National Lutheran Council (1918-1966). In 1973, the DIRS became a unit under the DWS's successor division, the Division of Mission and Ministry. In 1987, the LCUSA was terminated with the establishment of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). At this time, LIRS became a cooperative agency of the ELCA, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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