Rethink Church
Immigration
Responding to God’s Call to Love the Strangers in our Midst
Honoring the Dignity
of Immigrants
We believe that we are called to love the stranger in our midst. Guided by our faith, we’re reminded that we, spiritual descendants of God’s people in Israel, were once strangers in a foreign land. What is true of our faith family is also most likely the case for your own: that a member of your own family has been a stranger in a foreign land.
That's Church.
 
 
 
 

Joining Families at the Border


The Rev. John Fanestil was called to ministry on a mission trip to Central America. Today he serves as a United Methodist border missionary serving those suffering separation at the U.S.-Mexico border. Fanestil explains, “I do feel the call to witness to the larger truth of God’s love and the larger truth that God doesn’t want us to be separated.”
 
 
 
 
 
 

“We faith leaders will continue to work every single day until not one more family is … separated or devastated by the broken immigration policies of this country.”


BISHOP MINERVA CARCAÑO
 


PROTECTING NEW IMMIGRANTS

Throughout the history of the United States, the most recently arrived group of migrants has often been a target of racism, marginalization, and violence. Today the Latinio/Hispanic community is experiencing a struggle not unlike what Irish immigrants experienced here in the mid-nineteenth century. The United Methodist Church regrets any and all violence committed against migrants in the past and is committed to eliminating racism and violence directed towards newly arriving migrants to the United States.
 
WORKING TOWARD SOLUTIONS THAT BENEFIT ALL

We recognize that today there is frustration on all sides about the state of immigration laws in the United States. Fear, ignorance, and debate over immigration has generated dangerous racial dynamics that have led to racial profiling and intolerance toward Latino/Hispanic Cultures. That’s why we’re committed to channeling the current energy into advocacy for the passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill so that people can experience justice.

COMMITTED TO PRESERVING FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS

Our conviction is grounded not in politics but in the reality of God’s care for all people. Our Social Principles affirm: “We recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God. We affirm the right of all persons to equal opportunities for employment, access to housing, health care, education, and freedom from social discrimination.” We don’t just say it: we’re working to make justice a reality for all.

 
 
 
 
OPEN HEARTS

Our faith leaders visited a border holding facility to let the most vulnerable know that they are not forgotten, but are held in our hearts as we continue to seek justice.
OPEN MINDS

United Methodist Interns are creating cross-border relationship-building opportunities, raising awareness and inspiring action for social transformation.
OPEN DOORS

Convinced that all we have belongs to God, and that all are meant to flourish, congregations across the country are welcoming foreigners into cities, towns, neighborhoods, churches and homes.
 
 
 

WORKING TOGETHER TO ENSURE JUSTICE FOR ALL PEOPLE



Most Americans recognize that the immigration system is broken and is desperately in need of reform. And we agree. While we acknowledge there are no easy solutions to this complex problem, we are committed to using our influence to engage in advocacy and education in order to create a system where all people can survive and thrive.

THAT'S CHURCH.
 
 
 





 

RESOURCE



Offer an English as a Second Language
class in your church as part of a
ministry to recent immigrants .


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CALL TO ACTION



Persuade elected officials where you
live to pass just and humane
immigration reform.


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