To our North Carolina legislators and Governor Roy Cooper, From June 12-15 we in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church had our annual business meeting in Greenville, and among other things we voted on resolutions: sharing the current climate, heartbeat, and opinion of our Annual Conference. Some things we disagreed on and… Continue Reading→
The NCCUMC Refugee and Immigration Committee serves newcomers to the United States from all over the world. We help churches welcome these new neighbors, and we have special services to assist them as they flee violence, and use their education, training and skills to benefit our society. Leviticus 19:33-34 says, “When a stranger sojourns with… Continue Reading→
I invite you to join me in a Bishop’s Forum on Support for Immigrants and Families. As actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increase, many immigrants and families in our United Methodist churches and surrounding communities are being deeply traumatized.
Luis Y Mia / Mia and Luis is a new children’s book written in both English and Spanish. This flip-over book tells the story of a cross-cultural friendship from each child’s perspective. Luis is the child of Mexican immigrants and Mia is a White American child. Their story begins when Mia makes a culturally insensitive remark to… Continue Reading→
Ministries with Immigrants “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it” Hebrews 12:2 This call to show hospitality and welcome strangers, is echoed throughout the biblical narrative. How do we do that?? There are many ways to show hospitality to immigrants and make them… Continue Reading→
Bishop Ward shares her thoughts on immigration and The United Methodist Church in this article by journalist Martha Quillin.
No matter where we go, it is true that when we arrive there, we will realize, if we keep our eyes open, that God was already there. If we are not careful, we may fall into the trap of either having “savior complexes” or wanting to “colonize” the people to whom and with whom we… Continue Reading→
On Sunday, December 10, 2017, Samuel Oliver-Bruno entered protective sanctuary at CityWell United Methodist Church in Durham. Samuel is the fifth undocumented immigrant to enter sanctuary in North Carolina. “Receiving Samuel into sanctuary at CityWell has everything to do with our wanting to receive the ways of Jesus as our way of life,” explains Pastor Cleve… Continue Reading→
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday, October 5, 2017 United Methodist bishops call for a ‘Clean Dream Act’ WASHINGTON – United Methodist bishops are urging the United States Congress to pass a Clean Dream Act that would allow undocumented young people the opportunity to work, receive an education and serve in the U.S. military. In statement… Continue Reading→