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A child kicks a ball on the soccer fields of Seville Trinity United Methodist Church in Florida.

UMTV: Church Soccer Outreach

It's a net win. Learn how a Florida church used soccer to reach out to immigrants. View

United Methodist Women to explore immigrant rights

As a national debate on immigration continues, the Women’s Division of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries has decided to make immigrant and refugee rights a priority. Read More

United Methodist mission agency rejects harsh laws against immigrants

The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries called upon Congress to refrain from enacting harsh and intolerant laws against undocumented workers. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Sally Dyck, Chicago, joins other faith leaders in a March 27, 2014 rally and protest calling upon President Obama to stop deportations of undocumented people. Photo by Michael Vollmer, UMNS.

Chicago United Methodists’ immigration witness

Bishop Sally Dyck and other leaders, including some 50 United Methodists, were part of a March 27 Chicago sit-in to protest deportations by the Obama administration. Read More

Social action agency speaks out on Iran, immigration reform

The United Methodist Board of Church and Society passed resolutions urging the United States and Iran to stop their “dangerous rhetoric” and called for Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform. Read More

Photo by Jay Mallin, UMNS

Chicago Area bishop to join immigration rally

Families separated by deportation “need to know… leadership of The United Methodist Church cares,” says Bishop Sally Dyck. Read More

United Methodist faith leaders, other faith groups, labor leaders and immigrants during prayer vigil at the White House in support of progress on immigration reform. Washington, D.C., on Feb. 17. Photo by Jay Mallin, UMNS.

No More Deportations: Immigration Pray-In

On Feb. 17, 2014, United Methodists spoke — and were arrested — in front of the White House to bring attention to nearly 2 million deportations. View

United Methodist faith leaders, other faith groups, labor leaders and immigrants face arrest after a prayer vigil at the White House in support of progress on immigration reform and an end to deportations. Washington, DC, on Feb. 17.

United Methodist Immigration Witness

Chanting "Not one more!," faith leaders, undocumented immigrants and others held a pray-in at the White House fence to call for an end to deportations. View

What is the United Methodist stance on immigration reform?

Read the church's statements on immigration-related issues. Read More

Daily Digest: February 14, 2014

“I believe this is a just resolution to this complaint.” — Greater Northwest Area Bishop Grant Hagiya. Read More

Feeding Bodies, Souls at the Border: Rev. Saul Montiel

For those struggling to survive in drainage areas along the Tijuana River, the Rev. Sal Montiel is a welcome sight, providing food and compassion. View

Joining Families at the Border: Rev. John Fanestil

Offering prayers and Communion on both sides of the wall, the Rev. John Fanestil serves loved ones separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. View

UMTV: Feeding Bodies, Souls at the Border

During Hispanic Heritage month, we profile Saúl Montiel. Born in Mexico, he fights for social justice and is now a missionary near Tijuana. View

Tijuana: Where the world’s migrants wait

United Methodist Church and Methodist Church of Mexico reach out to those trapped between nations, hiding and becoming prey to many. Read More

Feeling God’s presence on the border

'God's mercy will outlast all national boundaries,' says pastor as bishops join faithful for Holy Communion while standing in two nations. Read More

Bishops’ Learning Forum Extends to Border

Leaders traveled to the U.S.Mexico border to meet some of the people who live and work nearby and learn more about the issues they face. Read More

Slideshow: Bishops visit U.S./Mexico border

United Methodist bishops from around the world immersed themselves in the reality of life at the U.S. border to learn more about ministry there. View

United Methodists monitor immigration bill

Church leaders have signed a statement outlining how the U.S. Senate bill fits - and does not fit - with United Methodist teachings. Read More

United Methodist Bishops to Experience Life at the Border

On Tuesday, May 7, beginning at 1:30 p.m. PDT, United Methodist bishops from all over the world will visit the U.S. Mexico border to immerse themselves in the reality of life at the Southern border of the U.S. and sharpen their focus on how the church can be in... Read More

United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcao is framed by the tightly-spaced mesh of the border fence between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, during the observance of Posada Without Borders. Today Carcao was among a group of religious leaders who spoke with President Obama about immigration reform.

President invites bishop to immigration meeting

Bishop Minerva Carcao among faith leaders invited to White House; immigration 'a moral issue we all share,' she says. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño is framed by the tightly-spaced mesh of the border fence between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico last month. Today President Obama made a call for immigration reform to fix a “broken immigration system.”

Carcaño guest at Obama immigration speech

United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcao joined other faith leaders in affirming the President's call for immigration reform. Read More

One of the key issues for United Methodists advocating for immigration reform is the reunification of families.

Church immigration network changing

In what promises to be a watershed year in immigration reform, the United Methodist immigrant justice network refocuses on a national scale. Read More

Home for Christmas? Not for border families

For those torn apart by immigration issues, the wire mesh fence between the U.S. and Mexico is the site of tears and 'communion.' Read More

Slideshow: Hope and despair at the border

For those torn apart by immigration issues, the wire mesh fence between the U.S. and Mexico is the site of tears and ‘communion.’ View

UMTV: Border Separates Families at Christmas

For those divided by the border fence between San Diego and Tijuana, the wall is a reminder of Mary and Joseph's experience of rejection. View

Deferred Action for Certain Immigrant Youth (DACA) provides hope to thousands of undocumented young people.

Helping young adults reach American dream

A new policy allowing young people to stay in the United States has led to a flood of applications. See how United Methodists are helping. Read More

UMTV: Hispanic Clergy Migrant Ministry

As we begin Hispanic Heritage Month, meet Marcelo and Corazón Escarzaga, from Mexico, whose mission is with vineyard workers. View

Immigration reformers hail and hammer ruling

Immigration advocates now focus on end to 'racial profiling' in Arizona law after U.S. high court ruling in June eliminates other objections. Read More

United Methodist congregations have led faith communities in advocating for just, humane immigration reform, including the DREAM Act.

Immigrant students get ‘moment of grace’

Obama's announcement looked at as time to prepare as churches help mobilize and educate Hispanic community to apply for legal status. Read More

Obama immigration policy decision praised

Bishop Carcaño calls executive order opening door for young people 'an extraordinary way forward for much-needed immigration reform.' Read More

Global women join in ‘prayerful action’

Meeting in New York, World Day of Prayer International Committee brings together 225 women from 104 countries. Read More

United Methodist released from detention

Young adult from Korean-American congregation in San Jose, Calif., was held several weeks in Arizona after traffic stop. Read More

UN explores needs of rural women

United Methodists contribute to discussion between grassroots, governments on empowering women. Read More

New report connects farmers, the hungry

Bread for the World's 2012 hunger report focuses on need to change policy to increase nutritious food production in ways that benefit all. Read More

Circles of Care for Immigrants

Therapist-turned-pastor provides free mental health support for immigrants facing long separations from family and fears of deportation. View

9/11 Memories: Arlette Kitenge

From Rwanda, Arlette Kitenge had been in the U.S. for one year when terrorists struck on 9/11. View

Deportations Leave Teen Alone

When Jasmine Franco's parents had to leave the U.S., church friends gave her shelter. Now she is the first in her family to go to college. View

Bishops oppose racism, back immigration reform

United Methodist leaders call on Christians to advocate for humane reform and to recognize the sacredness of every person. Read More

UMTV: Sirviendo a los trabajadores migrantes

Los 2.5 millones de trabajadores agrícolas de los Estados Unidos trabajan largos días y siguen las cosechas de temporada. View

Bishops urge action on immigration

Leaders offer support to a colleague who is outspoken against Arizona's controversial new law. Read More

United States-Mexico Border

The United States-Mexico border is a 2,000-mile-long area where the socioeconomic dynamics of two interacting cultures have a negative impact on the quality of life of adjoining populations. Read More

Global Migration and the Quest for Justice

Global migration as a factor in the quest for justice is of major concern to The United Methodist Church as a denomination that is global in its vision, mission, and ministries. Read More

US Immigration and Family Unity

T the General Conference is in support of just and fair immigration policies that benefit and allow the family to preserve and maintain its unity. Read More

Welcoming the Migrant to the US

We regret any and all violence committed against migrants in the past and we resolve, as followers of Jesus, to work to eliminate racism and violence directed towards newly arriving migrants to the United States. Read More

Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

We assert that immigrants are children of God made in God's image, affirm the labor and struggle of the undocumented worker, and assert that immigrant children deserve to be educated and provided with basic social services. Read More

Elvira Arellano took sanctuary in Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago for one year ending in August of 2007 before her arrest in Los Angeles.

Church supports justice for migrants

United Methodists have adopted resolutions supporting justice for migrants worldwide and reform of U.S. immigration laws. Read More

The Rev. David Farley, pastor of Echo Park United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, holds T-shirt bearing the likeness of immigrants in sanctuary around the country at an April 25 press conference hosted by the United Methodist Task Force on Immigration.

Church leaders support sanctuary for immigrants

Pastor calls immigrants' plight an "affront to God." Read More

Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker of the Florida Area addresses an immigrant rights rally outside the Fort Worth Convention Center, site of the 2008 United Methodist General Conference.

Church urges humane treatment of immigrants

About 300 United Methodists gather for a rally on immigrant and human rights in Fort Worth. Read More

Bishop calls for immigration reform

United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño has asked Arizona lawmakers “to bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows.” Read More