|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?
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)
But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. (1 Corinthians 12:24b-26a)
What does the United Methodist Church Say?
We oppose immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children, and we call on local churches to be in ministry with immigrant families. (2016 Book of Discipline, Social Principles Paragraph 162)
What do the facts say?
Unauthorized immigration to the U.S. is part of a larger global migration crisis. In 2015, an estimated 65.3 million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children are annually apprehended at U.S. borders. U.S. policy has focused on enforcement, rather than addressing root causes. It is time to focus on holistic reform.
What do you say?
Take ACTION for justice…
Urge local churches to sponsor a Justice for Our Neighbors legal clinic. You can learn more about how to make this happen by visiting www.njfon.org/our-services/legal-clinics.
Tell your member of Congress that we need to fix our broken immigration system by providing a path to full citizenship for all undocumented immigrants, reunifying families separated by migration, and protecting the rights of workers. Take action today at www.umcjustice.org.
See the complete Faith & Facts cards here:
https://www.umcjustice.org/documents/33 and https://www.umcjustice.org/documents/17