Immigration

Social Concerns
Local activists, religious leaders, and family members gather on the steps of the Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minn., in support of Nelson Pinos, who has been living in sanctuary at First and Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven, Conn. Photo by Mary Elizabeth Smith.

Church awaits decision on sanctuary guest appeal

After hearing, Connecticut United Methodists are praying that federal court will reopen immigration case of Nelson Pinos.
Social Concerns
Nelson Pinos sits with his son, Brandon Pinos, age 6, in the fellowship hall of First and Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven, Conn. Pinos, who has lived in the U.S. for 26 years, is currently living in sanctuary at the church. Image courtesy of the "Keep Nelson Home" Facebook page.

Hearing set for church's sanctuary guest

Nelson Pinos found support from United Methodists in Connecticut after facing immediate deportation from his U.S. family, despite a clean record and long relationship with immigration authorities.
General Church
Bishop Minerva Carcaño speaks to her fellow episcopal leaders about the work of the Immigration Task Force during the Council of Bishops meeting near Chicago. Photo by the Rev. Todd Rossnagel, Louisiana Conference.

Bishops seek special offering for migrants

The Council of Bishops wants to do more to help the record number of people around the world who have been forced from their homes.
Mission and Ministry
Asylum-seekers from Lebanon are greeted by Federica Brizi and Francesco Piobbichi of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy (center) upon their arrival in Rome in August 2017. The group obtained legal visas through the Humanitarian Corridors program of the federation, the Synod of Waldensian and Methodist Churches and the Community of Sant’Egidio, run by Mediterranean Hope. Photo courtesy of Mediterranean Hope.

Small churches play big role for refugees in Italy

Italian religious groups, including Methodists, have created a legal, safe pathway for Syrians and other vulnerable asylum seekers to resettle in Italy and the work is expanding.

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