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The plight of immigrants of all types in the USA is well known and the public and political debate on immigration is filled with fear, anger, prejudice, and threat. Millions of immigrants are at risk of incarceration and deportation, splitting families and placing them into dangerous situations. We are called to demonstrate love and hospitality to the stranger, the immigrant, and those who live under the fear of deportation.
Bishop Hope Ward has called for a serious conversation to fully understand the call we have as United Methodists to help provide assistance to immigrants under threat, plus advocate for compassion, justice and a new set of laws that provide sanctuary to all immigrants. This Forum will be held on April 25 from 1.00 to 2.30pm at the Methodist Center Garner. (700 Waterfield Ridge Place Garner, NC 27529)
The keynote speaker will be Rob Rutland-Brown, Executive Director of Justice for our Neighbors (JFON), a United Methodist initiative formed to create immigration law clinics for the poor. JFON has its origins in UMCOR and the Board of Global Ministries He will speak about the current state of immigration law, the prevailing threats and actions being taken by ICE, the Federal Government’s immigration agency, and strategies that congregations can adopt to help immigrants regardless of their immigration status.
Rob Rutland-Brown is the Executive Director of JFON. He is a graduate of Emory University and also has a Master’s in Public Administration from Georgia State University. Rob has worked in public service at the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, at Just Neighbor’s, an immigration advocacy and legal aid services organization in Virginia and at JFON since January 2013.
We will hear from an immigrant whose personal story will reflect the plight of many whose immigration status is under threat. We will also discuss ways congregations can engage in helping all immigrants. Bishop Ward will provide some expectations for congregations to guide efforts to do education, and provide hospitality and advocacy for immigrants regardless of their legal status.
This Forum is organized by the NC Conference Task Force on immigration, the Refugee and Immigration Committee and the North Carolina Conference Board of Church and Society.