Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is an ordained Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with over 30 years of experience in ecumenical, multi-faith and community ministry, community organizing and legislative advocacy.
For over 11 years, she was the Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE). CLUE utilizes an original “faith-rooted” organizing model which integrates insights from the civil rights movement, Latin America and the Philippines to equip faith leaders to contribute their unique gifts and resources to larger movements for economic and social justice. Under Alexia’s leadership, CLUE became known for its leadership development program for young faith leaders and a model program engaging immigrant and non-immigrant evangelical congregations in collaborative ministry, immigration education and advocacy.
Before coming to CLUE-CA, Rev. Salvatierra founded multiple programs and organizations, in the US and overseas. She has taught at Vanguard and Biola Universities in Orange County and New York Theological Seminary in New York as well as serving as a guest lecturer at a number of universities, Bible Colleges and seminaries. She has been awarded the Changemaker award from the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Stanton Fellowship from the Durfee Foundation, the Amos Award from Sojourners, the Giants of Justice award from CLUE LA and the Prime Mover fellowship from the Hunt Alternatives Fund.
She currently serves as the Director of Justice Ministries for the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and consults with national/international organizations, including World Vision USA, World Vision International, Intervarsity, Sojourners, the Christian Community Development Association, Auburn Theological Seminary and Interfaith Worker Justice. She is also writing a book for Intervarsity Press on faith-rooted organizing.
At World Vision, Rev. Salvatierra has assisted in developing a model for engaging congregations in biblically-based public policy advocacy and in training pastors and congregations around the country.
How do I talk to skeptics about immigration reform?
“Don’t talk to people disrespectfully,” says Alexia Salvatierra, Ordained Lutheran Pastor and Director of Justice Ministries for the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. When talking with anyone who has an extreme view we must recognize that they have a certain amount of fear with the issue and we must respect that fear. “It’s important for people to know what the myths are and what the truth is.”
What is the current state of immigration reform in the U.S.?
“The church is an essential part of the solution of the problem,” says Alexia Salvatierra, Ordained Lutheran Pastor and Director of Justice Ministries for the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For many years the immigration system in the U.S. has been broken, but there is hope for the future. If churches can come together and realize that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, we can create momentum for change.