refugees term image

Dispatch From The Front Line

  by Rev. Wes Magruder A group of men and women in high-res yellow vests huddle around a fire in a barrel on the beach as the wind picks up off the Aegean Sea. Suddenly, someone shouts and there is a flurry of activity, as people rush to their cars and take off screaming down […]

No More Excuses

by Liz Herrick We’ve all seen that picture. You know the one, of Obama saying “We must find homes for 10,000 Syrian/Muslim refugees…” followed by a picture of a man lying on the ground with a caption that says “…1 of 50,000 homeless veterans.” If you haven’t seen it, go look it up for yourself, […]

Recently Read: Amid hysteria, a call for hospitality

by Bishop Roy I. Sano A Japanese-American couple was murdered on a farm next to ours, and a Filipino American was wounded in a drive-by shooting for being too friendly with Japanese Americans. Amidst the turbulence, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, to remove us to the camps. On the same day, FBI hauled away […]

Recently Read: At least 35 congregations UMC congregations in Kansas, Nebraska ready to help refugees

United Methodist Church congregations across Kansas and Nebraska stand ready to assist refugees from Syria once they are allowed to enter the United States. That was the message shared Friday morning at First United Methodist Church in Topeka, Kansas, by Bishop Scott J. Jones, episcopal leader of the Great Plains Conference, which includes 1,032 congregations […]

Should Christians welcome Syrian refugees into the United States?

  *by Rev Dr. David F. Watson Greg Abbott, the governor of my home states of Texas, recently tweeted the following: BREAKING: Texas will not accept any Syrian refugees & I demand the U.S. act similarly. Security comes first. — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 16, 2015 Abbott also recently tweeted this meme: For you were […]

Commentary: We must recognize we are engaged in a cultural war

*by Bishop Scott Jones We are all horrified by the terrible violence committed in Paris the evening of Nov. 13. We should be praying for the victims and their families and for the people of France who suffered this evil action. At the same time, we must pay attention to the larger context in which […]

10 Reasons Why United Methodists Should Ignore the Republican Governors

By Rev. Dr. Wes Magruder* How about that backlash, eh? The general goodwill that has been building the last few months toward Syrian refugees all but disappeared faster than you can say, “Bon jour” after the horror in France over the weekend. Apparently, compassion is one of the first victims of terrorism. Add a mixture […]

N.C. church welcomes refugees

By Carol Fouke-Mpoyo, Special Contributor… Faith calls us to keep our hearts open, trust God and take the next step, even though we don’t quite know where to put our foot down next. That certainly has been the experience for Rhems United Methodist Church in New Bern, N.C. When encouraged to get involved with refugees, […]