PHOENIX (UCC) - United Church of Christ churches, clergy and congregants are reaching out with hope and in faith to migrants at our borders and immigrants across the country. Many more are asking what they can do to respond to the government policies that detain and separate families. The Southwest Conference UCC, acting with Justice and Local Church Ministries, is calling each member of the denomination to build on that immigrant-welcoming effort this fall as one Church to Keep Families Together.
“We hope to shift the thinking of the whole Church toward understanding that border ministry is not geographically focused but is taking place in every community where migrants live, whether that is in detention or in the community waiting for their cases to be processed,” said the Rev. Bill Lyons, Southwest Conference Minister. “That means taking down the walls in our own hearts and preparing ourselves to live into the welcome we proclaim to migrants who are trying to enter our communities as well as our country.”
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