The plight of immigrants of all types in the USA is well known and the public and political debate on immigration is filled with fear, anger, prejudice and threat.
Bishop Hope Ward has called for a serious conversation to fully understand the call we have as United Methodists to help provide assistance to immigrants under threat, plus advocate for compassion, justice and a new set of laws that provides sanctuary to all immigrants.
The keynote speaker will be Rob Rutland-Brown, Executive Director of Justice for our Neighbors (JFON), a United Methodist initiative formed to create immigration law clinics for the poor. We will hear from an immigrant whose personal story will reflect the plight of many whose immigration status is under threat. We will also discuss ways congregations can engage in helping all immigrants.
Bishop Ward will provide some expectations for congregations to guide efforts in all immigration-related ministry.