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However reprehensible his actions may be, Vice President Mike Pence is still a baptized Christian whose spiritual identity should not be derided, writes Mary Pezzulo. Read more

Perspectives

Against horrific headlines about the plight of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, United Methodists are bringing help and hope to refugees and asylum seekers, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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The Rev. Jack Amick of the General Board of Global Ministries reports on how United Methodists are helping and advocating for children and families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more

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An international congregation of sorts has grown up around the wall near Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, California, as United Methodists and Mexican Methodists minister to deportees and their families. Read more

Advocating Justice

Helping a refugee family seeking political asylum in the United States confronts the Rev. Morgan Guyton with the stark differences between the world of most American citizens and the world of those from other countries. Read more

Advocating Justice

A Church and Society delegation finds itself deeply moved as the Rio Texas Annual Conference and Bishop Robert Schnase lead them on a trip to America's southern border. Read more

Advocating Justice

Three Native Americans – two of them United Methodist clergy – pray outside the facility for the welfare of detained children housed in the Casa Padre Child Detention Center in Brownsville, Texas Read more

Advocating Justice

Sponsor of teams to bring worship to detained immigrant teen-agers, Highland Park UMC in Dallas translates the youths' prayer requests into English and posts them for intercession by its members. Read more

Advocating Justice

An interfaith team from North Texas brought joy and hope to youths at a U.S. immigration detention camp near El Paso. Read more

Practicing Faith

The New Testament has a lot to say about crossing borders, including Jesus coming in forms we don't expect, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

An Episcopal church in Indiana has set up a bold protest of the Trump Administration's immigration policies – imprisoning statues of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus behind a chain-link cage. Read more

United Methodists from the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference conducted morning prayer as an act of public witness at the Federal Detention Center near SeaTac in Washington State. Read more

Advocating Justice

Western Jurisdiction groups have notified annual conferences of resources available to help immigrant families. Read more

Advocating Justice

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant thinks there is a growing malignant sense of self-entitled vengeance leaving many Americans unanchored to any larger sense of morality or virtue. Read more

More than 300 religion scholars, including some from United Methodist institutions, have issued a statement denouncing the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. Read more

Advocating Justice

The church complaint brought against Attorney General Jeff Sessions by more than 600 clergy and lay people moves the UMC to consider real sins of oppression and marginalization, writes the Rev. William Trench Read more

Advocating Justice

Former missionaries Karen and David Glenn Smith recount in vivid detail the fear and violence that prompt people to attempt immigration to the United States. Read more

Perspectives

The Rio Texas Annual Conference, in which several federal immigration detention centers are located, has set up a special website to post news of United Methodist response to the border crisis. Read more

Advocating Justice

Columnist Jacob Lupfer predicts dire consequences from the effort to bring formal church charges against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Read more

Perspectives 2 Comments

United Methodist leaders welcomed news of the halt of the Trump Administration's policy of separating immigrant families, but cautioned that the church needs to continue working for "compassionate and just" immigration reform. Read more

Advocating Justice

  • Rohingya Kite

    Paul Jeffrey

    Rohingya Kite

    A Rohingya boy flies a kite in the Jamtoli Refugee Camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where members of the ACT Alliance provide humanitarian support for the refugees. More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled government-sanctioned violence in Myanmar for safety in Bangladesh. Photo courtesy of Paul Jeffrey. Used with permission.

  • Bangladesh Rohingya

    Paul Jeffrey

    Bangladesh Rohingya

    A section of the Jamtoli Refugee Camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled government-sanctioned violence in Myanmar for safety in Bangladesh. Photo courtesy of Paul Jeffrey. Used with permission.