Texas UMC Bishops Respond to Border Crisis
For Immediate Release
The Bishops of the five United Methodist Church Episcopal Areas in Texas, along with several retired Bishops have joined together to call for non-partisan solutions to the crisis on our Southern border.
In response to outcry among members and clergy in their churches, they have co-written a letter listing concerns and asking parishioners to pray and work toward ending cruel policies that separate families, ensuring compassionate care for the health and welfare of children, and finding a common solution that respects, cares for and offers tangible assistance to those who are hurting.
“We want immigrants to feel welcome in our cities and for their entire families to have spiritual homes in our churches,” says Bishop Scott J. Jones of the Texas Annual Conference headquartered in Houston.
Bishop Jones went on to say that “we need to find ways to influence the legislative process to create a fair and transparent pathway to citizenship for all undocumented persons.”
In the statement the Bishops ask for all who follow Christ to get involved and find ways to help respond to the needs at our border. As followers of Christ, we have a responsibility to work together to end suffering and assist those in need however we can.