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Still No Room

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Ordained Ministry

The death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin in U.S. Border Patrol custody prompts the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant to imagine what the world would be like if Jesus had died while he was also a refugee. Read more

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A sermon about South Africa's apartheid era moves the Rev. Dr. Benjamin L. Hartley to pray that God breaks open hearts so that the world rushes in. Read more

Global Nature

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

“Populist nationalism” manipulates people’s fears and insecurities about negative impacts of migration on their families, communities and cultural identities to benefit political self-interests and gain electoral advantage, said the consultants. Read more

Ministry with the Poor

Values of morality, truth and kindness matter because they form the kind of human society in which differences can be celebrated and all are trusted, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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President Trump's termination of the Deferred Enforced Departure program for those who fled their country's civil war has resident Liberians, including United Methodists, worried for their future. Read more

Advocating Justice

The Trump Administration's crackdown on immigration from predominantly Muslim countries has faith-based refugee resettlement agencies resisting the policies for the sake of immigrants and themselves. Read more

Advocating Justice

Beqaa Valley Camp

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

Advocating Justice

Norway Kemper

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

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Banner Down

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Vandalism of his church's banner welcoming immigrants started out as an experience of pain and loss, but became a moment of forgiveness and redemption for the Rev. We Hyun Chang. Read more

Practicing Faith

Refugee Vigil

Photo by Alexa Malishchak, Nashville Community Defense, via UMNS

United Methodists are among religious leaders who have called for welcoming the 66 million displaced people in the world along with opposing the Trump Administration's revised travel ban announced March 6. Read more

Advocating Justice

Chicago Immigration Protest

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United Methodist Bishop Sally Dyck issues a pastoral letter including online resources regarding the presidential executive order restricting immigrants and refugees. Read more

Advocating Justice

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There's only one legitimate Christian response to refugees fleeing violence and persecution, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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From NYC to DC

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As we struggle through these days of turmoil under a new federal administration, Jesus' counsel to his disciples remains good guidance for Christian Americans, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Bishop Ough 2017

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Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the Council of Bishops, reminds United Methodists that Christ calls his followers to tear down walls between them and strangers. Read more

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Immigration Airport Demonstrations

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United Methodists came out in droves over the weekend of Jan. 28-29 to protest President Trump's executive order banning refugees from seven Muslim countries, reports Kathy L. Gilbert of United Methodist News Service. Read more

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Dallas Rainbow

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The example of demonstrators at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, who stood up for people detained because of President Trump's travel ban, should inspire us all to defend Muslims, writes the Rev. Eric Folkerth. Read more

Perspectives

German Refugees

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There's a consistent thread in the Bible about our duty to welcome strangers -- refugees and immigrants -- in our midst, writes the Rev. Jim Parsons, who quotes chapter and verse as well. Read more

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A core Christian principle is that Jesus tears down dividing walls between people, which means that we Jesus followers shouldn't allow any walls to be built between us and our neighbors, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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  • 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.

  • Paula & Ed Kassig

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    Paula & Ed Kassig

    INDIANAPOLIS – Paul and Ed Kassig, whose son Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig was killed by ISIS in 2014, speak at the rally and interfaith prayer vigil in support of Syrian refugees.