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UMCOR provides lifeline at border

Jack Amick, UMCOR staff, at US-Mexico border

Church World Service advocates for rebuilding a humane immigration system in the U.S. A new $1.1 million grant from UMCOR will help them as they aid families seeking new lives.

JFON brings joy to neighbors

Staff of JFON Traverse Sity

This is the fifth in a series of stories celebrating the difference that Ministry Shares make in the lives of persons across Michigan. Meet some faithful United Methodists of the Northern Waters District.

Migrants look to Biden for reform

Migrants write letters to Joe Biden.

Deaconess Cindy Andrade Johnson cares for migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. She reports on their resiliency and hopes as a new administration comes to Washington.

JFON – MI assists flight to freedom

Flight into Egypt painting illustrates work of JFON - MI

The first in a series of stories featuring the work of JFON – MI (Justice For Our Neighbors – Michigan) and their clinics in Detroit, Dearborn, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Kalamazoo, and Ypsilanti.

Help dismantle the ‘invisible wall’

JFON invites people to tear down the "invisible"wall

While “the wall” at the U.S.-Mexico border is often in the news, there is an “invisible wall” that is also being built, block by block, to restrict legal pathways for those entering this country. Here’s how to help take it down.

Seeing differently

Pastor seeing and greeting children and parents at the border

Bishop David Bard asks God to give everyone new eyes; eyes for seeing beyond racism to respond to parents and their children at the U.S.-Mexico border in a new light.

Confronting the walls that divide us

People celebrate communion at border fence

With racial tension building across the U.S. and the world, the Rev. Brittney Stephan says that it’s time for people of faith to confront walls of hatred, injustice, and fear.

Poet shares psalm about sanctuary

immigrant man and son seek sanctuary in Catholic Church in McAllen TX

Jack Amick considers what it might be like to live inside the four walls of a church in search of safety and hope as Texas bishops call for a solution at the border. 

Ministry feature: Justice & Advocacy

Children Pray at migrant center in Tijuana. Advocacy needed.

The website of The Michigan Conference has a large resource section full of creative and practical ideas, programs, and materials. This week we feature what’s available about Justice and Advocacy.

They call Detroit Central UMC home

Rev. Jill Hardt Zundel advocating for the Albanian family living at Central UMC in Detroit where she pastors.

When Ded and Flora walked through the doors of Central UMC in Detroit in January 2018, little did they know they would still call the church home 18 months later.