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Mountain Sky United Methodist Women urge signatures on immigration statement

February 04, 2019
The two United Methodist Women legacy conference mission teams met Jan. 12 in Salt Lake City to continue the work of creating a new Mountain Sky Conference. Our first Annual Celebration as the new conference will be Oct. 11-12 with the location TBA. At that time, we will elect and install the new Mountain Sky Mission Team for 2020, set our budget and celebrate our legacy conferences as we retire their banners and raise our new Mountain Sky banner. We will also celebrate the 150th anniversary of women organizing for mission through UMW.
 
We look forward to new possibilities as we continue our mission to put faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world. Leadership from these two teams released a statement regarding the current immigration issue that can be found online.

Members across the Mountain Sky conference continue to sign the statement concerning the detention of children and adults who are seeking asylum in the U.S.
 
If you would like to add your name to the list of signatures, please email Karen at jaeger.karen@gmail.com or Ann at annorganic1@gmail.com. Hearing that more than 10,000 children are in detention centers across the country has touched members' hearts, and they have stepped up to sign on for social justice. 

Signing the statement is only the first step. Now, we must use our individual voices to write or phone our elected officials. If you would like contact information your conference social action coordinator, please email Teresa K. Henry, Mission, Education and Action Coordinator, at  teresakhenry@yahoo.com.  
 

Below is a sample letter or phone message you can use to contact your local congressional delegation. In the Mountain Sky Conference there are more than 7,000 UMW members. Imagine the united voice we could have facing this issue.
 
Sample letter to your congressional delegation:
As a member of the United Methodist Women of The United Methodist Church I want to express my concern about the incarceration of children who are seeking asylum in the United States.  I urge you to work toward creating a system that protects each child and ensures each one a safe and healthy environment by releasing them to family members, sponsors or placing them under the care of local agencies.  I acknowledge this is a difficult and daunting challenge but it is one that must be met by a country that seeks to be fair and humane. I am speaking up for all the children now in centers and those coming and along with thousands of other United Methodist Women will be paying attention to the progress on this issue.
Thank you,
(Your name)
 

IMMIGRATION AND DETENTION STATEMENT

The undersigned leaders of the United Methodist Women of the Mountain Sky Conference:
  • believe that every human being is of sacred worth, as stated in the United Methodist Church Social Principles.
  • believe that our national immigration policies are not in line with those principles.
  • demand the end to the imprisonment of children and adults who are seeking asylum.
  • encourage all United Methodist Women to embrace this stand for justice
 
When women organize for social justice, change happens.
 
The Mountain Sky UMW represents 7,286 members in 198 churches in the states of Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and a portion of Idaho.
Over 30 elected leaders of United Methodist Women from the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Legacy conferences met in Salt Lake City Jan. 11-13 to merge our teams as the new Mountain Sky Conference United Methodist Women.
 
For more information contact:
We support this statement on Immigration and Detention Signed January 12, 2019
  • Sandra Garlick
  • Karen Bueno
  • Myrna Prentice
  • Mary Anne Bleyle
  • Jana Jones
  • Ellie Young
  • Stacey King
  • Linda Cockett
  • Judy Scrimshire
  • Pat Chase
  • Mary Ann Tabor
  • Diann Eason
  • Nancy Shultz
  • Patti Keebler
  • Miok Fowler
  • Judith Eicher
  • Jeannie Hall
  • Laurie Ball
  • Cathy Speich-Ferguson
  • Roxanne Roehl
  • Laurel Kubin
  • Tish Herries
  • Glenna Kyker Brayton
  • Karen Jaeger
  • Teresa Henry
  • Ann Heard
  • Laurie Fujinami
  • Janet Wolfer
Additional signatures
  • Tracy L. Reinhard
  • Sharon Yonkers
  • Connie Takameni
  • Nancy Gulley
  • Carolyn Balmer
  • P.T. Landis
  • Betty Edney-Milner
  • Shirley E. Myers
  • Jan Spitler
  • Sherry Schartau
  • Dorothy Bondurant
  • Margaret Hotze
  • Colleen Hayer
  • Janis Angermayr
  • Lora Fulton
  • Carol Beier
  • Lois Cheryl Runym
  • Peggy Beck
  • Sharon Wilshusen
  • Darlene Klin
  • Karen Waldron
  • Patricia Jones
  • Ann M. Toll
  • Mary Ann Kerttula
  • Lorraine Ptacek
  • Ellen L. Bode