On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, 2018

A federal judge in Texas struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act a few short days before many communities, and several states, celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day this year. This confluence of events prompted some good questions and this reflection from Kristina Gonzalez, Director of Innovation for an Inclusive Church for the Greater Northwest Area of The United Methodist Church.

Listening for God’s Call

"It started with an invitation by the Church Council of Greater Seattle, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the ACLU..." Theresa Greco, a member of Edmonds United Methodist Church's the Immigration Ministries Committee, shares how offering hospitality to immigrant women released from detention has blessed 'guests' and church members alike.

8 ways Churches can respond to the separation of asylum-seeking families: Choose (at least)...

Sharing how she can get "overwhelmed by feelings of anger and sadness" as she hears the stories of families who were separated as they entered the US, Rev. Lyda Pierce reminds us of the importance of action in countering such feelings. She also shares a new toolkit with 8 ways faith communities can respond.

Declaración Pastoral en Apoyo a las Familias Detenidas y Separadas

La misión del Comité de Trabajo de Inmigración es ayudar a equipar a nuestras Conferencias Anuales que estén en ministerio con los inmigrantes y...

Statement in Support of Ministry with Detained & Separated Families

The Western Jurisdiction Immigration Task Force’s mission is to help equip our Annual Conferences to be in ministry with their immigrant and migrant neighbors.At...

Immigration Ministry This Month

The arrival of 200 immigrants to the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, extreme enforcement which separates children from parents, and House Speaker Paul Ryan's announcement of immigration debate offers us new incentive this month to educate, speak out, and organize on behalf of our neighbors.

What can Methodists learn from Starbucks?

A well-publicized incident at a Starbucks in Philadephia left the Seattle-based business reassessing its policies and considering the impact of unconscious bias on the hospitality it offers. Kristina Gonzalez reflects on the company's response, including a company-wide closure and training this week, and considers what we might learn from it.
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Video: Get to know a Dreamer

Jose Enrique Hernandez is a member of Dios Viviente United Methodist Church in Seattle and a 'Dreamer.' In this video, Jose reflects on what the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program means for him and his friends and family.

Where are the Refugees?

Rev. Lyda Pierce, director of Hispanic/Latino Ministries for the Pacific Northwest Conference, asks a hard question. "In a time of such great need [a record 22.5 million refugees globally], why are so few of these refugees arriving in this country?" She also invites her fellow United Methodists to lift up their voice during a National Call-in Day on Wed., March 28.

As Senate debates DACA fate, United Methodists encouraged to speak up for Dreamers

By the Rev. Lyda Pierce The General Board of Church and Society is encouraging all United Methodists to contact their senators and congressional representatives urging...

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