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United Methodist Bishops of Texas Call for Non-Partisan Solutions to Unfolding Humanitarian Crisis Along U.S. Southern Border

AUSTIN, Texas, July 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, 

We greet you in the name of our Lord. Together, we have watched with anguish the unfolding immigration crisis taking place along our southern border. Across our state, United Methodist churches are reaching out with compassion and aid to those who are suffering. We also count border patrol officers and those who work with agencies serving asylum seekers as members of our churches, and we know they are doing their best to respond to an overwhelming situation. 

Those seeking to enter the United States are children of God ?- people for whom Christ died. We call upon government officials, regardless of political party, to seek solutions that reflect caring and compassion. Surely, in the midst of this unfolding humanitarian crisis, it is time to lay aside partisan politics and seek solutions of love, justice and mercy, which best reflect our fundamental values as Christians and Americans. As we search for a common response, may we rise above fear and divisiveness, remembering the guidance of Holy Scripture: "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7). 

As Bishops of The United Methodist Church in Texas, we call on the people of The United Methodist Church of Texas as well as all people of goodwill to pray for and work toward:  

We ask all who follow Christ as Lord to remember that our Savior was himself a homeless refugee fleeing violence. Jesus taught us, "When you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me." (Matthew 25:40)  

May the Peace of Christ be with you and with the children and families who are suffering, 

The United Methodist Bishops of Texas

W. Earl Bledsoe, Northwest Texas & New Mexico Episcopal Areas
Scott Jones, Houston Episcopal Area
J. Michael Lowry, Fort Worth Episcopal Area
Michael McKee, Dallas Episcopal Area
Robert Schnase, San Antonio Episcopal Area
Robert E. Hayes, Jr., Retired
Janice Riggle Huie, Retired
Joel N. Martinez, Retired
John W. Russell, Retired
Ann Sherer-Simpson, Retired
E. Dan Solomon, Retired
D. Max Whitfield, Retired
Joe A. Wilson, Retired

SOURCE Texas Conferences of the United Methodist Church

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