Keep Families Together

Keep Families Together

 


Declaración Pastoral en Apoyo a las Familias Detenidas y Separadas (Español)

La misión del Comité de Trabajo de Inmigración es ayudar a equipar a nuestras Conferencias Anuales que estén en ministerio con los inmigrantes y vecinos migrantes. En la frontera sur de nuestra jurisdicción, las familias están siendo detenidas y separadas por una política de inmigración que líderes de la Iglesia Metodista Unida han llamado cruel e injusta. Lee mas


A statement from the Western Jurisdiction Immigration Task Force (English)

The Western Jurisdiction Immigration Task Force’s mission is to help equip our Annual Conferences to be in ministry with their immigrant and migrant neighbors. At the southern border of our jurisdiction, families are being detained and broken apart in pursuit of an immigration policy that United Methodist denominational leaders have named to be cruel and unjust. Read more


A response to immigrant family separation by Bishop Karen Oliveto

In the news, we have seen disturbing reports and pictures of children being taken from their parents and placed in detention centers by our government. Their crime was fleeing their homeland due to violence and threats of death, to make a perilous journey over harsh geography to seek safety within our borders. Read more


A letter from the Mountain Sky Conference Immigration Task Force

“May [we] respond as faithful followers of Jesus, who calls us to create Beloved Community—that place of love, compassion, connection, and justice for all of God’s children.” Read more


#KeepFamiliesTogether Social Media Sharing

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Families Belong Together Posters

If you are hosting meetings or local rallies to advocate for the reunification of families, you can use these posters:

8.5" x 11" Poster | 11" x 17" Poster


A Statement on Reuniting Families at the U.S. Border

The Colorado Council of Churches calls on President Trump, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Justice to quickly reunite the families of those who have come to the U.S. to seek safety from the dangerous situations they faced in their home countries. Read more


A Prayer: Keep Families Together

Loving God of us all,
Because you love and provide for all people,
Your family is vast and inclusive.
Your grace is moving and present in the lives of all people.
It knows no boundaries, barriers, or walls.
It extends to all people
as it binds us all to one another and to You.

We mourn that in our country children,
the ones Your son invited without qualification to come to him,
have been separated from their earthly parents and family.
You teach us in scripture time and time again
that this is not how you want us to treat one another.
For indeed you teach us to love one another as we love ourselves.
The separation of families is not a reflection of your love
that we are called to share with the world
nor what we desire for our own families.

So, help us, individually, as faith communities,
as the newly formed Mountain Sky Conference, and beyond,
to pray and work without ceasing to indeed
make your kin-dom a reality on earth as it is in heaven.

Help us to honor and care for children and families
continually drawing the circle of Your family wider
to include all people
no matter where they called or call home,
no matter what language they may speak,
no matter what their family might look like.

Remind us and our country’s leaders
that indeed you ultimately are the ruler and provider of us all.
Remind us that you care for each and every one of us equally
and without reservation.
Help us to do the same
and to try again when we fail to do so.
After all, we know that we are all members—together—of your family. Amen.

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Resources:

Order ending family separations welcomed

The Social Community: Rights of Immigrants

Faith and Facts Card — Immigration to the U.S.

Immigration to the U.S - General Board of Church and Society

Families Belong Together rallies