|Because God calls us to care about others:
Missions & Social Justice Team is offering education information about how our faith connects to various social concerns. Each month they will focus on a specific topic and each week will focus on a different faith lens to view that topic. This month is Immigration and Global Migration.
What does the Bible say?
When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:33-34)
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)
What does the United Methodist Church say?
Christians do not approach the issue of migration from the perspective of tribe or nation, but from within a faith community of love and welcome, a community that teaches and expects hospitality to the poor, the homeless, and the oppressed. The Christian community at its best not only welcomes and embraces migrants but can be led by them toward clearer understandings of justice and hospitality. (2016 Book of Resolutions, #6028, “Global Migration and the Quest for Justice)
Virtually all groups of today’s migrants and refugees are battered by the divide between the rich and the poor, a divide rooted in 19th and 20th century colonialism and directly caused by rapid corporate globalization in agriculture, industry and commerce. (2016 Book of Resolutions, #6028, “Global Migration and the Quest for Justice”)
What do the facts say?
An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.
It’s poor countries, not rich, western countries, who look after the vast majority of the world’s refugees…Most refugees just move from one poor country to another.
Every year, around one million people seek asylum.
What do you say?
Get your church to support refugee resettlement in our community. For help, contact Church World Service (www.cwsglobal.org).
Donate to the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s efforts to help migrants and refugees: Advance #3022144
Speak out against racism and xenophobia in your community.
For more information contact Liberato Bautista – firstname.lastname@example.org
See the complete Faith & Facts cards here: