Learn About United Methodist Church Policy on Immigration
United Methodist Women's work for immigrant and civil rights is based on United Methodist policy as affirmed by General Conference in 2008. The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church (2008), which guides our actions, includes Resolution 3281, "Welcoming the Migrant to the United States," and Resolution 6028, "Global Migration: A Quest for Justice."
These resolutions can be found on the Web, with group study questions, from the website of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church.
These resolutions are also available on the website of the Desert Southwest Conference, along with statements by the Council of Bishops and by individual bishops on this topic.
Find out what YOU can do!
- You can host a film night and show the film Made in LA and then follow up with study of the United Methodist resolutions. To organize a film event, see an organizer's toolkit at the General Board of Global Ministries' website.
- Consider studying these resolutions in Sunday school or in a study series in your church hosted by United Methodist Women, or study a resolution as part of a United Methodist Women circle or unit program. Use study questions as a reference.
- Contact your conference office to see if your annual conference has taken any actions on immigration. If so, get copies of the resolution to study and discuss. If not, consider working with other groups in your conference to petition for a resolution at your next annual conference meeting. Contact Carol Barton, Women's Division, for information on what other conferences may be doing legislatively and for possible draft resolutions.
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