The General Commission on Church and Society of the UMC states on their website, “From the earliest days, humans have been migrants. There is no one universal reason for migration, but the movement from one place to another is often fueled by the promise of a better future in the new location…Immigrants to the United States are often fleeing war, economic scarcity, persecution, the effects of globalization, and many other causes.” It continues with, “Throughout the Bible, God’s people are called to love migrants. The United Methodist Church states that “at the center of Christian faithfulness to Scripture is the call we have been given to love and welcome the sojourner. We call upon all United Methodist churches to welcome newly arriving migrants in their communities, to love them as we do ourselves, to treat them as one of our native-born, to see in them the presence of the incarnated Jesus, and to show hospitality to the migrants in our midst, believing that through their presence we are receiving the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” (Book of Resolutions, 3281
The Mountain Sky Conference would like to bring clergy and laity who are interested in learning more about immigration and responding in ways such as the following:
- Learn from directly impacted community members.
- Partner with local organizations that foster multi-cultural relationships and follow the lead of historically marginalized voices.
- Curate resources for the local churches of the MSC.
- Share information throughout the MSC on how to participate in change and transformation.
- Learning about current laws and policies.
- Continue to lift up theology and praxis.
- Keep up to date on immigration-related happenings, including, but not limited to, the US’ policies concerning the southern border and welcoming new neighbors from Afghanistan.
If you are interested in participating in this important and necessary work, please contact Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org