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Faith leaders struggle to bring message of hope to migrants

A small group of United Methodists waded into the cold Pacific Ocean to kneel and pray that the border wall separating the United States and Mexico would topple. They were part of a group of more than 300 faith leaders who marched to the wall on International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, in a “moral call for migrant justice.” Dozens of protesters, including two United Methodist pastors, were arrested and charged with civil disobedience when they stepped across the barrier set up by the U.S. Border Patrol. The Rev. Shinya Goto, El Camino Real District superintendent, and the Rev. Rolly Loomis, pastor of Roseville United Methodist Church, both in the California-Nevada Conference, were arrested and released a few hours later. After walking for about 1.5 miles from Border Field State Park, the protesters came within sight of the border wall but were separated from it by rows of razor-sharp wires and a solid line of border agents standing guard. Read More