Immigration - Faith In Action

"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 (NIV)                                                                                  

"...I was a stranger and you did not invite me in...Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me." --Matthew 25:43,45 (NIV)

As people of faith, The United Methodist Church has a long history of welcoming and supporting immigrants and refugees. Now more than ever, the Church needs to act boldly to welcome the stranger and to change the systems that seek to exclude and divide. Over 281,000,000 people are part of the largest migration in human history. This unprecedented number demands compassionate care and courageous advocacy rooted in our Wesleyan identity.

Call to ACTION!
-Study what the Bible says about Immigration
-Pray for all impacted and our leaders
-Hold a public prayer vigil
-Contact Congress to advocate for a more just immigration system

Support UMCOR's Work with Migrants

UMCOR ensures access to humanitarian assistance (food, water, shelter, clothing and health care) and serves all people without discrimination. You can join UMCOR in the following ways:

Advocacy 

Because United Methodists care about the "stranger in our midst,"  believe in keeping families together, and want to protect survivors of violence, we are called to Act!

Advocate with Congressional Leaders

  • To find your Congressional Representative, go to this link.
  • To contact Ohio's U.S. Senators, go to this link.
  • You can also call 202-224-3121; ask for your Representative by name; and tailor your message by using the following talking points:
    • Introduce yourself as a concerned constituent and a United Methodist.
    • Urge them to overturn unjust immigration laws and practices.

Accompany Immigrant Neighbors

The U.S. Constitution provides legal rights for all people, regardless of legal status. Unfortunately, many are unaware of these rights. You can help others learn how to advocate for themselves and their families when facing an immigration raid. 

Pray

We are a people of prayer, and prayer can be an effective public witness. Organize a prayer vigil for Immigration Reform using this Planning Tool Kit and reflect on the deep scriptural roots of just immigration reform.

Connect

Connect and volunteer with the United Methodist Immigration Legal Clinic here in West Ohio! Email Pastor Scott Hicks at pastorscotthicks@gmail.com.

What does The United Methodist Church say about Immigration?

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