Social Concerns

Immigration
The Rev. Joel Hortiales, a United Methodist missionary with the Board of Global Ministries, visits with Lizbeth and her three children, Bridgette, 3, Caleb, 4, and Alvaro Jose, 10, at the Hosanna Refugio Para Mujeres, in Mexicali, Mexico, in December 2018. The family was part of a migrant caravan from Central America. The United Methodist Immigration Task Force is urging support for migrants living in sanctuary churches who have been fined by the federal government. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Immigrant in United Methodist church fined $214,000

Maria Chavalan Sut has been in sanctuary at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church since Oct. 1, 2018. Sut is one of several immigrants who received fines from the federal government.
Racism
An engraving from 1830 depicts the slave trade in the United States. The U.S. Capitol is visible in the background.  To mark the 400th anniversary of the first African people being brought to the U.S. as slaves, a study guide and other resources have been prepared to help United Methodists better understand that haunting legacy. Engraving from the Library of Congress.

Slavery anniversary leads to new discussions

To mark the 400th anniversary of the first African people being brought to the U.S. as slaves, these resources can help United Methodists better understand that haunting legacy.
Annual Conferences
Clergy and lay members from the East Ohio Conference use their voting cards during the 2019 annual conference held at Lakeside Chautauqua. They use cards to cast votes for motions, resolutions and petitions but secret ballot for delegate elections. The conference elected a mix of delegates who support and oppose the Traditional Plan. Photo by Brett Hetherington, East Ohio Conference Communications.

US elections see shift in GC2020 delegates

U.S. annual conferences elected more delegates opposed to the Traditional Plan, but traditionalists say they still have the majority.
Social Concerns
A coyote, or smuggler, (right) uses his hands to paddle a rubber raft full of immigrants across the Rio Grande from Mexico to the U.S. side of the river in Roma, Texas, in August 2014. Recent reports of the suffering of children at immigrant detention centers and immigrants drowning calls for reform, say many United Methodist leaders. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Neglected children spark outcry for immigration reform

Recent reports of children suffering at immigrant detention centers and drowning of migrants trying to reach the U.S. mean reform is needed, many United Methodist leaders say.

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