“In Scripture, Jesus continually manifests compassion for the vulnerable and the poor. Jesus incarnated hospitality as he welcomed people and ministered to their greatest need. Jesus’ presence on earth initiated the Kingdom reality of a new social order based on love, grace, justice, inclusion, mercy, and egalitarianism, which was meant to replace the old order, characterized by nepotism, racism, classism, sexism, and exclusion. The broken immigration system in the United States and the xenophobic responses to migrants reflect the former social order. The calling of the people of God is to advocate for the creation of a new immigration system that reflects Jesus’ beloved community.” (United Methodist Book of Resolutions, Par. 3281)
We have also put together a task force, headed by Al Gumb, to help navigate our next steps. The first thing we would like to do is gather your input, so that we can know where your heart lies in the matter. You will find a survey form HERE, which offers options of what you would like to do. We ask that you prayerfully consider what God places on your heart as you read the survey. You will also find some additional resources, which may help as you consider your answers.
Thank you for your attention and passion. I am so hopeful for all the ways in which we can help those at risk in our community.
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Congregations heed the call to shield immigrants, LA Times: