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Multimedia: Immigration Rally

A collaborative effort featuring photos from Skyler Nimmons (Indiana Conference), Paul Jeffrey (United Methodist News Service), and audio from UMR managing editor Laura Harbert Allen. “It’s based on the mandate of Christ, to welcome the refugee,” said Bishop Minerva Carcano of the California-Pacific Conference. Today’s rally took place outside the Oregon Convention Center in downtown […]

New online atlas ‘heat-maps’ views on abortion, gay marriage, immigration

The latest edition of the American Values Atlas, released Wednesday (Feb. 25), allows users to “heat-map” views on those issues across all 50 states and 30 metropolitan areas to see where attitudes blow hot or cold.

Welcoming the stranger, even if it’s against the law (COMMENTARY)

A nonviolent uprising around immigration is growing in Philadelphia. Its faith leaders announced last week that they would welcome immigrant families even if it is against the law.

More than 100 religious, immigration activists arrested at White House

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 100 religious leaders and activists were arrested Thursday (July 31) in a White House protest aimed at halting deportations and aiding immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. The direct action sponsored by Church World Service and Casa de Maryland, an immigration advocacy group, brought leaders from New England to Hawaii to […]

Bishop on front lines of immigration battle

By Lilly Fowler, Religion News Service… PASADENA, Calif.—When United Methodist Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño talks about tussling with political bigwigs on the topic of immigration reform, she is poised, yet forceful. As the first female Hispanic bishop elected in the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination, Bishop Carcaño has had a lot of practice keeping her cool, […]

UMC’s immigration network changing

2013 might be “the” year for U.S. immigration reform, said Rob Rutland-Brown, new director of the United Methodist National Justice for Our Neighbors. Mr. Rutland-Brown becomes the director of the national office for the United Methodist network of legal clinics during a time when President Barack Obama has promised to make immigration reform a top priority. […]

Notable UM Newsmaker of 2012 – Lorenza Andrade Smith

The Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith stands just 4 ft. 11 inches, but she carries a high profile—and lifts the hearts of many—through her highly unusual ministry of living on the streets. For that, she’s a Reporter notable United Methodist newsmaker of 2012. Ms. Smith, 43 and a member of the Rio Grande Conference, lobbied for […]

UM response mixed on immigration law ruling

United Methodist advocates for comprehensive immigration reform see the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070, as progress. But they are disappointed by the upholding of a provision that allows police to check the immigration status of anyone detained if there is reasonable suspicion the person might in the United States illegally. […]