Immigration Justice

A Call to Action for United Methodists in Response to the Plight of Migrants

A Call to Action for United Methodists in Response to the Plight of Migrants
United Methodist Women member Cindy Andrade Johnson in Lafayette Park, prior to a civil disobedience action at the White House, July 2014.

Grace and peace to you in the name of Christ Jesus. On behalf of the United Methodist Immigration Task Force we share with you a deep concern for migrants. You have seen the deplorable conditions under which migrant children and families are being detained in the U.S. right now. We cannot be silent in this hour. The voice and actions of The United Methodist Church must be heard and experienced in this moment.  

We give God thanks for United Methodists who are providing compassionate care to migrants at the border. Border Conferences have established relief centers for migrants. United Methodists from other regions of the country continue to support migrants seeking asylum with their time, talent and treasures. United Methodist congregations across the country have opened their doors to provide sanctuary for those immigrants whose lives would be endangered if they were to be deported to their home countries. UMCOR has been a partner in assisting this connectional work. The General Board of Church and Society has led us faithfully in our advocacy work in support of justice for the migrant and the immigrant.  United Methodist Women has also been a strong voice in advocating for the rights of immigrant children and families. 

Let’s continue to do this good and faithful work. Join us in these actions:

Give to the Advance # 3022144 for Migration. Go to UMCOR – Global Migration for further information.  

Join the General Board of Church and Society in our United Methodist advocacy work alongside migrants. Speak out to end child detention by sending drawings and letters from United Methodists of all ages to Congress and the White House.

Encourage your United Methodist Women unit to join the action plan set forth at the United Methodist Women website.

We ask that you also speak up in support of persons in Sanctuary and the churches supporting them. In the past week, we have become aware of the Trump Administration’s most recent attack on immigrants who are living in Sanctuary in congregations, among them United Methodist congregations, as they seek to fight for justice in their deportation cases. The federal government is issuing fines of up to $500,000 to these immigrants in Sanctuary. This is an egregiously punitive tactic causing great fear and anxiety to immigrant brothers and sisters who are already deeply burdened by the stress of their circumstances. 

Support United Methodist Sanctuary congregations and the immigrants in Sanctuary by praying for them and by sending them a postcard expressing such support. At the end of this letter is the list of multiple United Methodist Sanctuary churches and those immigrant friends whom they are hosting.

Take this moment to act. It will make a difference in these challenging times in the lives of suffering immigrants and the brave churches who are ministering to them. May the words of Paul to Timothy strengthen us all...

For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice,
but rather a spirit of power and of
love and of self-discipline.

--II Timothy 2:7

 

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, Chair
UM Immigration Task Force           

Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary
General Board of Church and Society

Thomas Kemper, General Secretary
General Board of Global Ministries

Harriett J. Olson, General Secretary/CEO
United Methodist Women

 

United Methodist Sanctuary Churches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Person in Sanctuary

Name of Faith Congregation

Address

Phone

Faith Leader

Annual Conference

Date of Entry Into Sanctuary

Debora Barrios-Vasquez

St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church

263 West 86th Street New York, NY 10024

(212) 362-3179

Rev. K Karpen

New York

6/4/18

Maria Chavalan Sut

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church

1901 Thomson Road Charlottesville, VA  22903

(434) 296-6976

Pastor Isaac Collins

Virginia

10/1/18

Francisca Lino

Adalberto Memorial United Methodist Church

2716 West Division Street, Chicago IL  60622

(773) 782-8464

Pastor Jacobita Cortes

Northern Illinois

8/23/17

Nelson Pinos

First and Summerfield United Methodist Church

425 College Street New Haven CT  06511

(203) 624-2521

Pastor Vicki Flippin

New York

11/30/17

Suyapa Reyes
and 4 Children, Jennifer, Yeimi, Jeison, & Junior

First United Methodist Church of Germantown

6001 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia PA  19144

(215) 438-3677

Rev. Bob Coombe

Eastern Pennsylvania

8/28/18

Avelina Romero

Adalberto Memorial United Methodist Church

2716 West Division Street, Chicago IL 60622

(773) 782-8464

Pastor Jacobita Cortes

Northern Illinois

7/5/19

Ded Rranxburgaj

Central United Methodist Church

23 East Adams Ave.  Detroit MI  48226

(313) 965-5422

Rev. Jill Hardt Zundel

Michigan

1/17/18

Rosa Sabido

Mancos United Methodist Church

470 West Grand Ave. Mancos, CO  81328

(970) 533-7460

Pastor Craig Paschal

Mountain Sky

6/2/17

Clive & Oneita Thompson
and 2 Children, Christine & Timmy

First United Methodist Church of Germantown

6001 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia PA  19144

(215) 438-3677

Rev. Bob Coombe

Eastern Pennsylvania

8/28/18

Araceli Velasquez

Park Hill United Methodist Church and Temple Micah Synagogue

5209 Montview Blvd. Denver, CO  80207

 (303) 322-1867

Rev. Nathan Adams and Rabbi Adam Morris

Mountain Sky

8/8/17

Posted or updated: 7/9/2019 12:00:00 AM
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