As people of faith, The United Methodist Church has a long history of welcoming and supporting immigrants and refugees, (Book of Resolutions, 3281). Our values are deeply rooted in our sacred texts and remind us to love our neighbor and welcome the sojourner among us. "The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:34
We are at a critical time in U.S. history; nearly 800,000 "Dreamers" are at risk for deportation if the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is terminated. The United Methodist Church has supported the DREAM Act since 2012 as legislation protection for Dreamers, (Book of Resolutions, 3164). The only hope for DACA recepients is a legislative solution before March 2018.
We cannot stand by and allow our immigrant brothers and sisters to risk deportation. Please call your members of Congress and ask them to do everything in their power to pass the DREAM Act. More information about Ohio and DACA: The Facts.
The West Ohio Annual Conference is committed to protecting and supporting immigrants and refugees, we have adopted a recommendation stating that We Are All God's Children. This recommendation led to the creation of the following five groups:
- Legal Assistance - Providing accurate, reliable information and analysis for immigrants, and starting a legal clinic for low-income immigrants to receive information and consultations as to their status and legal options.
- Connecting Churches - Linking churches throughout the Conference with ministry to and with immigrants.
- Advocacy - Developing relationships with local, state, and federal officials in order to promote policies and actions consistent with our faith.
- Mobiling Methodists - Working to assist individuals within churches to connect and engage with ministry to and with immigrants.
- Reclaiming and Proclaiming the Biblical Narrative - Examining what scripture has to say concerning migration and to enable people within the Conference to reflect and act upon migration issues from a Biblical perspective.
West Ohio local pastor Scott Hicks shares thoughts about why it is important for the Church to not only care about the immigrant, but why we are called into action of justice and mercy on their behalf.
- Find your Congressional Representative HERE. (You will be prompted for your zip code and your address.)
- Dial 1-888-778-6856. (You will hear a Welcome Message where you can enter your zip code to be connected to your Representatives office.)
- Urge your Representatives to fight for the DREAM Act to be included in any funding bill!