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The Truth Behind Detention Centers

During my trip to the border, I spent one afternoon viewing an Operation Streamline court hearing. This program was started in 2005 by the Bish Administration to process migrants crossing the boarder illegally through the criminal justice system. The National Immigration Forum describes the program as follows: Operation Streamline forces undocumented... read more »

Posted by Elizabeth Murray on July 24, 2013

Ana: A DREAMer’s story

Children brought to the United States by undocumented immigrant parents can apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  An issue becomes more than an issue when you know someone who is affected by said issue. I started learning about the injustices in our immigration system and the trials... read more »

Posted by Elizabeth Murray on July 17, 2013

Deportations Create Issues for Mexican Border Towns

We do not always see it, but there are repercussions from the United States’ immigration policies for our neighbor, Mexico. In 2012 alone, the Obama Administration deported 409,849 undocumented immigrants, many of whom left behind U.S. American born children. More people have been deported during Obama's presidency than ever... read more »

Posted by Elizabeth Murray on July 10, 2013

Border Security and the Christian Faith

Duke Divinity students participate in communion at the U.S./Mexico border. One of the most common phrases you hear in the Senate immigration debate is “border security.” This is one of the few things that many Republicans and Democrats find common ground. They want to secure the... read more »

Posted by Elizabeth Murray on June 26, 2013

Safe Communities, Safe Schools, Ban Assault Weapons

On April 9 people of faith will come together and ask for something rare in Washington, DC: leadership. We want our Senators to lead us into a new day where our children and our communities are safe from senseless gun violence. But they will not lead unless they hear from you.... read more »

Posted by Bill Mefford on April 03, 2013

Is The Body Poisoned?

Yesterday, as we do every Wednesday, residents of the Methodist Building gathered to worship in the Simpson Chapel. Having celebrated communion, we had remaining consecrated elements with which we could extend Christ’s table. Across the street, the Supreme Court was hearing arguments on DOMA, the Defense of Marriage... read more »

Posted by Amee Paparella on March 28, 2013

Week(s) in Review Jan. 28 - Feb. 8

As Jim Winkler mentioned in his column last week, it's been a very significant two weeks for several justice issues. The Boy Scouts of America said Feb. 6 that it needed more time for a "deliberate review" of its policy banning gay Scouts and leaders. (UMNS file photo by Mike... read more »

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on February 11, 2013

Justice Matters Week in Review - January 14-21

The words and actions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were infused into all the activities of the last week. Here's what was going on: Jasmine's Story highlights how our broken U.S. Immigrations System is tearing apart families. January 21 was the official observance of Martin Luther... read more »

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on January 24, 2013

Gun Violence Must End!

When the gun shooting at Columbine High School happened in 1999, I was a pastor of a small United Methodist church in West Texas. Like many rural congregations, my church was filled with teachers and we spent the Sunday following the gun shooting and grieving for such unnecessary violence. My church... read more »

Posted by Bill Mefford on January 23, 2013

Torture does not work

I am grateful to Rich Killmer and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture for bringing us together today, the 11th anniversary of the day the first detainees were imprisoned at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. This occasion provides us an opportunity as a nation to reflect on our government... read more »

Posted by Jim Winkler, General Secretary on January 11, 2013

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