Advocating for immigration justice, mercy

Appeal to Shut Down Berks Family Detention Center “We oppose immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children.” (Social Principles, ¶162.H) The UMC’s General Board of Church & Society announced a …

UMs support sojourners seeking asylum

As “caravans” of several thousand Central American asylum-seekers join thousands more undocumented immigrants in their persistent quest for U.S. residency, many religious groups, among them United Methodists, are on the southwest border and beyond extending mercy and rallying to their …

2 immigrant families find sanctuary at Philadelphia church

Two immigrant families, both with children who are American citizens, have taken sanctuary inside First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) to resist deportation orders from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The families, from Honduras and Jamaica, recently had …

Protests help end border breakups of immigrant families

The Eastern PA Annual Conference contributed its voice to thousands of other organizations and countless individuals that brought an end to an admittedly heinous, new federal policy of separating undocumented parents and children immigrating here from Latin American countries. Many …

‘Pass the Dream Act Now!’ immigration advocates urge

Many of the approximately 700,000 young immigrants known as Dreamers were brought to the U.S. as children without proper documents; but they are trying to remain here legally to live productive, law-abiding, aspirational lives. They may have just won a …

Immigrant Welcoming Communities in the Eastern PA Conference

Immigrant Welcoming Communities is an invitation to a journey into a reciprocal missional experience alongside and among immigrant communities. The journey is open to all that wish to develop deeper, incarnational relationships among immigrant communities and who wish to engage in both …