Migration

Local Church
A mural at the United Methodist Christ Ministry Center in San Diego illustrates part of the text of Matthew 25, the biblical basis of the center’s ministry among immigrants who have crossed the nearby border. Still frame from video by Joey Butler, UM News.

Haitian migrants bring vitality to declining church

Congregation changes from being a traditional church to a ministry center and opens its doors wide to those in need.
Social Concerns
This portrait from 1887 shows people from the Chiricahua band of Apache Native Americans about four months after their arrival at the United States Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pa. Native Americans were taken from their homes and enrolled in boarding schools for many years, separating students from both their families and their culture. Image courtesy of the Richard Henry Pratt Papers, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University via Wikimedia Commons.

Pastor reflects on abuses at Indian boarding schools

As the U.S. Interior Department investigates the Indian boarding schools that took young Native Americans from their families and tried to expunge their culture from them, United Methodists address the church’s role and their hopes for the future.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Susanne Nießner-Brose (right) listens while a 27-year-old Sudanese woman who asked that she be called Fatima relates her story of fleeing Sudan to seek religious freedom in Europe. She was taking asylum in 2017 at the United Methodist Church of the Redeemer in Bremen, Germany, where Nießner-Brose is pastor, and was later accepted as a refugee. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

A less welcoming place for refugees

As the migration crisis continues, Europe “is becoming a fortress” where desperate people are being turned away, says a United Methodist pastor in Germany.
Social Concerns
Cindy Andrade Johnson (center), a United Methodist deaconess, helps migrants living in a makeshift camp in Matamoros, Mexico, write letters to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden. Biden promised immigration reform during his presidential campaign. Photo courtesy of Cindy Andrade Johnson.

Migrants looking to Biden for immigration reform

President-elect Biden promised immigration reform during his presidential campaign. Migrants are writing to him asking that he keep those promises.

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