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What the Church Says: Global Migration

The official statements below are from The Book of Resolutions and The Book of Discipline. Statements and resolutions from these books are submitted to, and voted on by delegates, at General Conference, which occurs every four years. General Conference sets policy for the mission and ministry of the church and... Read More

Worshippers at Harare’s Trinity Methodist Church unite hands in prayer at prayer meeting about xenophobia in South Africa. Photo by Taurai Emmanuel Maforo, UMNS

Zimbabwe churches call for immediate end to xenophobia

With 3 million Zimbabweans in South Africa, xenophobia is cause for concern for United Methodists in Zimbabwe. Read More

Women immigrants who traveled alone were often at risk when they arrived at Ellis Island in the late 19th century. Public domain image.

Methodist History: Welcoming Women Immigrants

Alma Mathews made her mission field Ellis Island. She and others offered a safety net for women traveling alone. View

United Methodist leaders join a rally in support of immigrants' rights during the Women's Assembly May 1 in St. Louis. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Hope and Hospitality: Tools for Leaders

This resource, produced by United Methodist Women, is a tool for worship, education and action on immigrant and civil rights. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño (right) shares letters of encouragement with Regino Enrique at the immigrant welcome center at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

You Are Not Alone: Responding to immigrant children’s needs

Churches in the California-Pacific Conference are working to help kids who are often in difficult situations. ‘Without help, these children face a human disaster.’ Read More

Dayna Barrera daily crosses the Stanton Street Bridge, over the Rio Grande River, to get from her home in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, to Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, Texas. She’s this year’s valedictorian at the United Methodist school. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Lydia Patterson Institute still a beacon on the border

United Methodist school enters second 100 years of providing opportunity for students from El Paso and Juárez. Read More

An office at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church has been converted into a bedroom for Francisco Perez Cordova since he took sanctuary at the church to avoid possible deportation. Photo courtesy St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church

Arizona church takes lead in offering sanctuary

United Methodist advocates call on other churches to consider harboring immigrants at risk of deportation. Read More

Christ's Foundry United Methodist Church in Dallas held a watch party for President Obama's Thursday, Nov. 20 televised address on immigration. Before the address, volunteers took names and addresses of those attending, hoping to help with their application for legal status.

United Methodists praise president’s immigration order

President Barack Obama’s executive order offer mercy and justice but it fails to answer everyone’s prayers. Read More

The Immigrant Girls Home, founded by Methodist women in New York to aid immigrant women, is shown in photo from the late 19th century. Photo courtesy of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.

A United Methodist story of welcoming the immigrant

The current debate over immigration brings The United Methodist Church's history of working with long-ago immigrant women into focus. Read More

Oct. 2006 image shows graffiti reading

German bishop writes of fall and call of Berlin Wall

Rosemarie Wenner says dreams came true in November 1989, but 'the unification of my nation is also a call. There are too many walls in our world.' Read More

Illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Groups to bishops: You must speak

Groups from across the theological spectrum urge the Council of Bishops to address issues including Ferguson, immigration, Gaza and sexuality. Read More

Sanuanita Leal (left) greets the Rev. Javier Leyva near her home in Mission, Texas. Leyva, now director of immigration ministries for The United Methodist Church in South Texas, previously served as her pastor and baptized Leal and her family.

Church draws on border natives in immigration crisis

Contacts, local knowledge help three United Methodists make difference in relief effort along the border. Read More

Elizabeth Jimenez (foreground) helps sort donated clothing for recent immigrants from Central America in the welcome center at the Holding Institute in Laredo, Texas. Jimenez was a student in the boarding school at Holding, a United Methodist Women National Mission Institution. She is flanked by, from left: Rosa Maria Narvaez, Lydia Mejorado and Elva Guzman. The volunteers are United Methodist Women from La Trinidad United Methodist Church in Laredo. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Nonprofit finds new life in meeting immigrants’ needs

United Methodist Women-supported Holding Institute has become a center of humanitarian relief in Laredo Read More

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