Texas United Methodist Bishops Respond to Greg Abbott's Withdrawal from Federal Refugee Resettlement Program

Date Posted: 9/23/2016

Statement from the United Methodist Bishops of Texas:
As bishops of The United Methodist Church in Texas we join with other faith leaders in our state to encourage Governor Greg Abbott to seek a pathway that will affirm the worth of all humankind.
As Christians and as Texans our values are grounded in respect and hospitality toward newcomers. Those values lead us to welcome refugees to our state. We recognize that these are difficult and complex times but as Christians, we rely on Jesus Christ to overcome our fear of those who may be different.
The United Methodist Church in our Social Principles states, “We recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God…. We urge the Church and society to recognize the gifts, contributions, and struggles of those who are immigrants and to advocate for justice for all.”
We ask for God’s blessing on those who will step in to serve in the absence of our state’s participation in the resettlement effort, for they are truly being the hands and feet of Christ.
Bishop Earl Bledsoe, Northwest Texas Area
Bishop Scott Jones, Houston Area
Bishop Michael Lowry, Fort Worth Area
Bishop Michael McKee, Dallas Area
Bishop Robert Schnase, San Antonio Area

Headquartered in Houston, The Texas Annual Conference was the original Annual Conference in Texas, and one of 11 regional conferences in the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. The Texas Annual Conference provides leadership support to over 700 churches, 12 Wesley Foundations and several higher education institutions, and many other ministries and outreaches with the goal of equipping congregations and facilitating the transformation of the world to the glory of God.