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Justice and Advocacy

 

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About us

The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. Wesley and the early Methodists expressed their opposition to societal ills such as slavery, smuggling, inhumane prison conditions, alcohol abuse, and child labor.

We believe that salvation entails renewal of both individuals and the world. Our faithful response to God’s saving grace has both a personal and social dimension as we grow in “holiness of heart and life.” By practicing spiritual disciplines — “works of piety” such as prayer, Bible study, participation in corporate worship and communion — we grow and mature in our love for God. By engaging in acts of compassion and justice — “works of mercy” such as visiting the sick and those in prison, feeding the hungry, advocating for the poor and marginalized — we live out our love for God through service to our neighbor. “Our love of God is always linked with love of our neighbor, a passion for justice and renewal in the life of the world” (Book of Discipline 2012, p. 51).

Stand With Migrants Seeking Refuge in the U.S.

Since mid-October, caravans of migrants have been traveling north from Central America through Mexico. The group includes people of all ages, including families and children – many of whom are escaping violence and poverty and seeking asylum in the U.S. and Mexico.

The General Board of Church and Society is joining in “Love Knows No Borders: A Moral Call for Migrant Justice,” organized by the American Friends Service Committee from December10-18, 2018, to stand in solidarity with the migrant exodus and all who seek refuge and asylum in the U.S.

This national week of action for migrant justice is calling on the U.S. to end the detention and deportation of immigrants, respect the human right to migrate and seek asylum, and end the militarization of the border.

Here are ways you can learn, give, and act during this week of action. 

 

 
Migrant children playing among tents at Tijuana border
Children play between rows of camping tents erected to provide a little privacy at the Movimiento Juventud 2000 shelter for migrants in Tijuana, Mexico. ~ August 2018 umns photo/Mike DuBose

Love knows no borders
december 10-18, 2018

 

LEARN

 

  United Methodist statements on migration

 

 

 
 

GIVE

You and your congregation can financially support United Methodist ministries with migrants in two ways:

UMCOR Global Migration

This UMCOR fund addresses the global refugee migration crisis through grants. UMCOR staff are currently partnering with United Methodists congregations, ministries, and organizations in communities on both sides of the U.S. and Mexico border.

Give online here

If you are sending funds in 2018, please make your check out to either the Detroit Conference or West Michigan Conference with Global Migration in the memo. If you are sending funds in 2019, make your check out to the Michigan Conference. Please mail all checks to: Treasury, Administrative Services & Benefits, 1161 East Clark Rd, Suite 212, DeWitt, MI 48820

Justice for Our Neighbors Michigan

JFON MI is a United Methodist related immigration legal services provider with locations in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo,  Metro Detroit, and Traverse City. JFON MI provides legal representations for asylum seekers, refugee green card applications, and victims of crime, trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic abuse.

Give online here. (https://jfonmi.org/donate/)

Mail a check made out to Justice for Our Neighbors Michigan to 2000 West 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025

 

 

ACT

Act in San Diego

The national  week  of action will commence with a Day of Action in San Diego, CA on December 10th where more than 100 faith leaders from all over the country will take part in a nonviolent direct action at the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, California. The event will kick off a week of actions in communities across the U.S., calling for an end to border militarization and for humane immigration policies that respect the rights and dignity of all people. 

If you are interested in traveling to San Diego to participate in the December 10 action, please contact the Rev. Paul Perez 

 

Act in Your Local Community

Host a Solidarity Action, Community Press Conference, or Prayer Vigil during the week of  December 10-18

Make sure to register your event or sign up to attend a Solidarity Action – Register here

Post pictures and videos on the Michigan Conference Facebook page

For resources to create a solidarity action please download the following documents:

Love Knows No Borders Solidarity Action Tool Kit

Love Knows No Borders UM Resources

 

 

Act in Your  Congregation 

Address migrant justice during your Worship Services and/or your other congregational activities between Sunday, December 10 (International Human Right Day) – Monday, December 18 (International Migrants Day).

Post pictures and videos on the Michigan Conference Facebook page

For  worship resources please download the following documents:

Global Migration Sunday 2018

Walking Toward Hope: Advent Devotional

Myths & Realities GBCS Border Delegation Discussion Guide