On the Refugee Crisis

“As United Methodists, we know that fearful responses are not reflective of Christian life and witness. Instead, Christ calls us to a love for humankind and compassion for all.

States and governments have a responsibility to protect their citizens. At the same time, protecting and upholding human dignity and freedom for those fleeing terror, persecution, and economic deprivation is the common responsibility of everyone including the state and religious bodies.  The United Methodist Church has consistently supported humanitarian responses to crises. Christian witness should reflect the special care that Christ offers migrants, refugees and the vulnerable.  As United Methodists, we  know that fearful responses are not reflective of Christian life and witness.  Instead, Christ calls us to a love for humankind and compassion for all.

United Methodists affirm in the Book of Discipline that we ‘recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God. We affirm the right of all persons to equal opportunities for employment, access to housing, health care, education, and freedom from social discrimination.  We urge the Church and society to recognize the gifts, contributions, and struggles for those who are immigrants and to advocate for justice for all.' (Paragraph 162H)