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Justice and Advocacy

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 If you have questions or seek specific resources, please contact  The Rev. Paul Perez.

Board of Justice General Confernece 2019 Statement

General Church Resources 

Local Church Resources

“Creating Change Together: A Toolkit for Faithful Civic Engagement”

“Creating Change Together” provides the biblical and United Methodist ground for civic engagement and essential tools to address public concerns. Topics include: claiming our story, connecting with decision makers (with tips for advocating through visiting, public witness, calling, writing and social media), and engaging in the electoral process.

“Ubuntu Day of Service Tool Kit” by United Methodist Women

An Ubuntu Day of Service isn’t a typical volunteer day or service project. This day combines the being and doing of mission. This toolkit guides you through planning an Ubuntu Day of Service with information about mission work that links service and action with justice. It includes helpful planning tips and fundamental concepts that are critical to understanding how the mission of being and doing intersect.

Board of Justice Archive 

Keep Making Peace Makes a Difference

Water Trials

American, Methodists, and Black History

JFON Michigan is in Tijuana

'Standing With'at the Southern Border

Where Does the UMC Stand? - 2018 MI Ballot Initiatives 

United Methodist deaconess Cindy Johnson (right) walks to buy medicine with Isabél who traveled with her daughter from Nicaragua to Matamoros, Mexico, hoping to request asylum in the U.S. Kassandra, 16 months, was suffering from fever and weight loss while she and her mother waited for their turn to approach the bridge leading to Brownsville, Texas. Johnson, who makes regular visits to the makeshift camp, brought members of the United Methodist Immigration Task Force for a firsthand look at the immigration situation. ~ umns photo/Mike DuBose

What you can do to respond to inhumane treatment of migrant children

Recent news stories are revealing the overcrowded, unsanitary, ill-provisioned, and fatal conditions migrants – especially children – are facing in detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Many of these children, families, and adults are asylum seekers, fleeing violence in their home countries.

The United Methodist Church opposes “immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children” (Social Principles, ¶162.H). For years, the Church has called on the government to eliminate “indefinite detention, [and the] incarceration of children” and to establish “an immigration system that is rooted in the inherent worth, dignity, value and human rights of migrants.” (Book of Resolutions, 3281)

Here’s what you can do in response. Use the resources to below to learn, give and act.

Consider gathering a group of at least 3-4 people (friends, family, neighbors, fellow church members, co-workers, etc.) who are concerned about the treatment of migrant children in detention.

Share these resources and make a plan with your group  to meet regularly. Learn together: Study the resources together. Give together: Donate personally or host a fundraiser for UMCOR Global Migration or JFON MI.  Act together: assemble hygiene kits, contact elected officials, and attend a rally or public witness event together. Invite others to join you.


 United Methodist Statements


United Methodist Social Teaching related to Migration:

Group Studies on Immigration:

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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)

JFON MI is a United Methodist related immigration legal services provider with locations in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and 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

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



Assemble UMCOR Hygiene Kits

While UMCOR is not allowed to distribute hygiene kits to the U.S. government holding centers, UMCOR is distributing hygiene kits at transitional shelters all along the U.S.-Mexico border. In the last three months, UMCOR delivered 46,128 hygiene kits to six church-run transitional shelters. Instructions on how to make and send these kits are available at UMCOR’s website ( Kits should be shipped to UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, Lousiana. Please contact staff at Sager Brown to make arrangements. 

Tell Congress and President Trump: End Child Detention and Child Separation

Church and Society, the UMC’s advocacy agency, is calling on United Methodists, especially children and youth, to write their members of Congress and President Trump. Instructions on how to write, email, or call elected officials are available at Church and Society’s website.

Meet with your members of Congress in person during the Summer Recess

Members of Congress are on recess August 5 to September 6. Assemble a group people and schedule a meeting with your U.S Representative and/or  our Michigan Senators at a local office to express your concerns and call for action. Instructions on how to set up and organize the meeting are available at the Interfaith Immigration Coalition's website. 

Support Sanctuary Churches 

There are ten United Methodist congregations providing sanctuary to migrants facing deportation. Please consider sending a note or postcard of support the churches and families in this ministry of compassion, justice, and hospitality. More information is available at Church and Society's website. 


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