UMCOR is responding to the needs of refugees through our close partner Church World Service and its network of over 35 refugee resettlement sites across the country.
In the News:
Every Person of Faith Can:
- Pray: Pray for the children and their families, their countries and those responding to their needs.
- Learn: Understand the underlying issues and the personal stories of the children. Information on the United Methodist response can be found on UMC.org/immigration.
- Support the humanitarian response: The United Methodist Committee on Relief, Justice For Our Neighbors, United Methodist Women, Church World Service and other organizations are responding. Individual congregations can seek to work with border churches and ministries.
- Advocate: Urge lawmakers not to repeal provisions of human trafficking laws that protect minors or to expedite the deporting of children. The General Board of Church and Society provides information on advocacy, and a General Board of Discipleship resource also offers action steps.
Tools for Congregations
UMC.org/immigration offers a hub of resources. Here are additional possibilities:
- Engagement: The General Board of Church and Society offers a resource on welcoming immigrants.
- Sermon Starters: The denomination’s resolutions, as well as World Council of Churches resources, are available.
- Worship Resources: Try You Made Us In Your Image, from the General Board of Discipleship.
- Group Studies: Options include Welcoming the Stranger: A Bible Study from Church World Service, and “Immigration and the Bible” (in three languages) and a youth study on migration from United Methodist Women.
What Does the Church Say?
“As Christians and United Methodists, we are called to love the stranger in our midst and to treat that stranger as we would our own family,” The United Methodist Church states in “Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” contained in the 2012 Book of Resolutions.
This care for immigrants is rooted in the Bible. “In the New Testament, Jesus' life begins as a refugee to Africa when he and his family flee to Egypt to escape Herod's infanticide,” the church states in “Welcoming the Migrant to the U.S.”
Immigration is addressed in several other statements adopted by General Conference, the only entity that speaks for the entire church.