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Members of Allendale UMC In St. Petersburg, Fla., and their pastor, the Rev. Andy Oliver, supported immigrant Luis Blanco and are now helping his family following his deportation to Mexico. more

Feb 13, 2018 4:03 PM Advocating Justice

United Methodist advocates are working to present Dreamers as valuable members of U.S. society rather than villains and miscreants as recent political rhetoric has described them. more

Jan 30, 2018 2:23 PM Advocating Justice

Rranxburgaj Family

Michigan Conference Photo/Mark Doyal

Central UMC in Detroit offers shelter to a family from Albania whose father is facing ICE deportation after 17 years in the United States. more

Jan 29, 2018 1:50 PM Advocating Justice

Church-related projects and programs intended to build community relationships and counteract racism and xenophobia have been funded by the General Commission on Religion and Race's Action Fund. more

Jan 4, 2018 12:44 PM Advocating Justice

Norway Kemper

Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS

United Methodists' top-level advocacy for refugees and migrants has failed to flow down to hospitality and support for immigrant congregations, with sometimes disastrous results, writes Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj. more

Jan 3, 2018 11:47 AM Perspectives 2 Comments

Like Mary and Joseph, Elizabeth and her family journeyed in search of safe lodging. They too faced shut doors and real peril. Then a United Methodist immigration ministry stepped in to help them. more

Dec 14, 2017 11:37 AM Advocating Justice

Beqaa Valley Camp

Photo Courtesy of Wes Magruder

The Rev. Dr. Wes Magruder describes what life is like for refugees living in makeshift housing in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley. more

Nov 9, 2017 3:18 PM Advocating Justice

Mexico Border Wall

UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design

The Rev. Morgan Guyton argues that if conservative evangelical Christians believe in atonement theology, they should support amnesty and citizenship for childhood undocumented immigrants. more

Sep 6, 2017 2:44 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

DACA Rally

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

United Methodists are speaking out against the deportation of 600,000 youths granted amnesty under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and are urging Congress to act immediately to protect them. more

Sep 6, 2017 10:51 AM Advocating Justice

Immigration

UMNS Photo by Mike Dubose

UMC-supported Church World Service and the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society are among the agencies planning public demonstrations to support immigrant youths vulnerable to deportation. more

Aug 29, 2017 3:39 PM Advocating Justice

Pablo Alvarado

Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Giving sanctuary to undocumented immigrants means more than sheltering them inside a church building, as participants learned recently during training sponsored by MARCHA, the United Methodist Hispanic/Latino caucus. more

Aug 24, 2017 2:13 PM Advocating Justice

Hector Martinez

Photo courtesy of Go-Fund-Me: Justice for Hector Martinez.

Jul 26, 2017 10:25 AM Advocating Justice

Church & Society website

Image Courtesy of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society

The social justice agency's new website is intended to be clearer in identity and more accessible to users. more

Jun 1, 2017 4:24 PM Advocating Justice

Immigration Airport Demonstrations

Photo by Erik Alsgaard, Baltimore-Washington Conference

The United Methodist Church is expanding its efforts at all levels worldwide to assist many of the 65.3 million people who have been involuntarily displaced from their homes, especially the 21 million classified as refugees by the United Nations. more

May 23, 2017 2:16 PM Global Nature

Norway Kemper

Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS

United Methodist ministries with migrant people will receive two forms of funding, says the denomination's program and budget coordination agency. more

May 22, 2017 4:55 PM Global Nature 1 Comments

La Trinidad Class

Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

As the Trump Administration cracks down on immigrants, churches and ministries find members and clients fearfully avoiding services in San Antonio, Texas, a historic center for Hispanic Methodism. more

Mar 28, 2017 11:07 AM Local Church

First-Grace UMC

Photo by Art McClanahan, UMNS

First Grace UMC in New Orleans, born itself out of the calamity of Hurricane Katrina, now plans to open its doors to shelter undocumented immigrants from draconian enforcement by the Trump Administration. more

Mar 28, 2017 8:34 AM Local Church 1 Comments

Barralaga Released

Photo courtesy of the Barralaga family

A Kansas church leader detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement brought five people to Christ while in detention, but still faces the loss of his livelihood while he awaits an April 4 trial on his undocumented status. more

Mar 13, 2017 1:36 PM Local Church

GCORR Border

Religion & Race Photo

Directors of the UMC's agency on religion and race devoted a day to studying the U.S. immigration crisis, including a trip across the border between San Diego, Calif., and Tijuana, Mexico. more

Mar 1, 2017 12:29 PM Advocating Justice

Daniel Castillo

Holston Conference Photo by Annette Spence

Despite new aggressive enforcement policies, undocumented immigrants were reassured by a United Methodist pastor, the Rev. Daniel Castillo, that they have options and need not fear deportation. more

Feb 22, 2017 2:48 PM 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.