At the heart of our faith story is the immigrant:
a family in a boat in a flood,
a people wandering in the wilderness,
a people forced from their homes into exile,
an infant’s family fleeing the violence of an oppressive ruler.
Today, in light of the recent acts of terrorism and displacement of hundreds of thousands of refugees, your pastors invite you to claim our story, that:
Any immigrant who lives with you
must be treated as if they were one of your citizens.
You must love them as yourself,
because you were immigrants in the land of Egypt;
I am the LORD your God.
– Leviticus 19:34
As Christians living in challenging times, it is tempting to join the clamoring of fearful voices rather than extend God’s love and welcome our neighbor. Yet, when we trust in God, we begin to hear the chorus proclaiming the way of Christ.
We stand with this growing chorus and offer to you these leading voices of The United Methodist Church for your prayerful reflection. In the days ahead, as a church, we will seek ways to raise our voice and live out our call to welcome all refugees.
Texas Bishops’ Statements:
Bishop Dorff, Río Texas Conference (our annual conference)
Bishop Mike Lowry, Central Texas Conference
Bishop Scott Jones, Great Plains Conference
Bishop Janice Huie, Texas Conference (as part of an ecumenical group of Houston Christian leaders)
Denominational Leadership Statement:
The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary, Board of Church and Society of The UMC
Statement of the Bishop of France:
Bishop Patrick Streiff, Central and Southern Europe Conference (includes France)