Social Justice

Social Concerns
Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan poses with the Rev. Eller Ordeniza, a United Methodist pastor in the Philippines, after Ordeniza was released from jail. The local pastor was among those arrested and detained for two and a half days after trying to rescue tribal children who were fleeing from a village that has been a target of military operations. Photo courtesy of Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan.

Filipino pastor arrested ‘rescuing’ Lumad children

Eighteen people, including the Rev. Eller Ordeniza, a United Methodist, were detained and charged with kidnapping and human trafficking by local police.
Social Concerns
Bishop Felipe Ruiz-Aguilar (center) and United Methodist Global Ministries missionary Yabes Manokaran (left) share communion with migrants during a worship service at El Faro: The Border Church. Photo by Misael Ruiz Lara, Methodist Church of Mexico.

Mexican church helping migrants in Tijuana, Apaxco

Methodist churches are helping provide food, shelter for members of the migrant caravan camped out in Tijuana, Mexico.
Social Concerns
Bishop Felipe Ruiz Aguilar of the Methodist Church of Mexico (front) and Roberto Casares of El Divino Redentor Methodist Church help serve dinner to migrants and others living on the street at Mariachi Plaza in Mexicali, Mexico, in August 2018. Ruiz was among six bishops of the Methodist Church of Mexico who signed a statement urging better treatment of refugees. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Mexican bishops urge better treatment of migrants

Be “water and manna in the desert” to migrants, six Mexican bishops exhort in a statement.
Social Concerns
The Revs. Joel Hortiales (center, in blue blazer) and David Farley (to Hortiales' right) join parishioners of the Border Church in Tijuana, Mexico, as they lift their arms skyward beneath the fence that marks the border with the U.S.

God’s grace flows freely over wall between nations

The Methodist Church of Mexico and The United Methodist Church in the U.S. share communion each Sunday on beach divided by a border wall.

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