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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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. more

Advocating Justice

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

Advocating Justice

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

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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. more

Advocating Justice

Is this a Bonhoeffer or Selma moment for Christians and other believers to stand up to American brutality? wonders the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Perspectives

The U.S. immigration crisis hasn't ended with the halt of family separations, and United Methodist witness is still needed to get Congress to adopt compassionate laws, writes the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe. more

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Border Crisis

Photo courtesy of Viky Garcia, Laredo Humanitarian Relief Team

When confronted with a crisis, Christians' best approach is to remember that they are called to obey God's mission of loving the world and healing those in pain, writes United Methodist layman Brian Snyder. more

Perspectives

  • 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.