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Border Thoughts 3 — Mission, Mutuality and Justice

My heart and head are full after a long day of visits on the border witnessing amazing ministries with migrant communities. We have seen how United Methodist churches, often working ecumenically and with the broader community, are responding to long-term needs as well as to the surge of Central American refugee families this past summer. […]

Border Thoughts 2 — MBMN and the UMC Immigration Task Force

Some background on our meetings this week: The UMC Immigration Task Force is mandated by General Conference to bring together church leaders to shape church response on immigration. United Methodist Women has been a member since its creation in 2007. The Task Force has been a table to share the work of agencies, conferences and […]

Border Thoughts 1—El Paso

This week I have the privilege of spending a week on the US/Mexico border representing United Methodist Women. My visit begins in El Paso, Texas, where I am attending a joint meeting of the Mexican Border Mission Network (MBMN) and the United Methodist Immigration Task Force. I am joined by my wonderful UMW colleagues, Cindy […]

50th Anniversary of March on Washington: Remembering My Father

I had a family commitment and could not be in Washington DC this week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for civil rights.  Instead, I found myself at my family home in Vermont, remembering being here with my mother as my father headed to DC for that historic march.  Serendipitously, I […]

Postcard on Immigration for your Representative

Here is a postcard to mail to your representative on immigration.

Contact your Representatives for Just Immigration Reform!

The immigration reform process has moved from the Senate to the House of Representatives, where it has stalled.  This Fall, advocates for just immigration reform are letting their Representatives know that we want a just immigration reform this year with a pathway to citizenship and without massive enforcement and border militarization measures.  United Methodists are […]

Misplaced Blame in Immigration Debate

Carol Barton, Executive for Community Action and Coordinator, Immigrant & Civil Rights Initiative May 23, 2013 The United Methodist Book of Resolutions reminds us that migration is fundamentally about the distribution of wealth, resources and jobs in the world.  Our Social Principles (para 163E) state that “In order to provide basic needs such as food, […]