Immigration

Social Concerns
Local activists, religious leaders, and family members gather on the steps of the Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minn., in support of Nelson Pinos, who has been living in sanctuary at First and Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven, Conn. Photo by Mary Elizabeth Smith.

Church awaits decision on sanctuary guest appeal

After hearing, Connecticut United Methodists are praying that federal court will reopen immigration case of Nelson Pinos.
Social Concerns
Nelson Pinos sits with his son, Brandon Pinos, age 6, in the fellowship hall of First and Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven, Conn. Pinos, who has lived in the U.S. for 26 years, is currently living in sanctuary at the church. Image courtesy of the "Keep Nelson Home" Facebook page.

Hearing set for church's sanctuary guest

Nelson Pinos found support from United Methodists in Connecticut after facing immediate deportation from his U.S. family, despite a clean record and long relationship with immigration authorities.
Evangelism
Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr. preaches the closing sermon during the Liberia Annual Conference meeting in Harper, Maryland County, Liberia, in 2018. Quire said The United Methodist Church in Liberia is ready to welcome home its members living in the United States if they are deported after losing their temporary protection status when it expires March 31. File photo by E Julu Swen, UMNS.

Future uncertain for Liberians living in US

While some fear deportation when their temporary protection status expires March 31, The United Methodist Church in Liberia is preparing to welcome its brothers and sisters back home.
Mission and Ministry
Asylum-seekers from Lebanon are greeted by Federica Brizi and Francesco Piobbichi of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy (center) upon their arrival in Rome in August 2017. The group obtained legal visas through the Humanitarian Corridors program of the federation, the Synod of Waldensian and Methodist Churches and the Community of Sant’Egidio, run by Mediterranean Hope. Photo courtesy of Mediterranean Hope.

Small churches play big role for refugees in Italy

Italian religious groups, including Methodists, have created a legal, safe pathway for Syrians and other vulnerable asylum seekers to resettle in Italy and the work is expanding.

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