Temporary Protected Status – A United Methodist Response

What is Temporary Protected Status?

Temporary Protected Status (TPS), established by Congress through the Immigration Act of 1990, allows individuals from certain countries to remain and work lawfully in the U.S. during a period in which it is deemed unsafe for nationals of that country to return home.  TPS is granted as a result of natural disaster, armed conflict, epidemic or other extraordinary conditions. Approximately 320,000 individuals in the U.S. from ten countries have TPS. In most cases, these TPS holders have lived here more than 15 years, during which time they have had U.S. citizen children, bought homes, built careers, and made the United States their home.

TPS does not provide a pathway to citizenship. Instead, it makes available the right to be in the United States legally which protects recipients from deportation. Those with TPS can also apply for a work permit, which gives the recipient the ability to pursue lawful employment. Also, individuals from the designated countries cannot come to the U.S. and then apply for TPS. The foreign national had to be in the U.S. at the time of the original TPS designation.

Where does TPS stand now?

 The Trump Administration has begun terminating this program. The majority of TPS recipients are from El Salvador (195,000), Honduras (57,000), and Haiti (50,000). El Salvador and Haiti have recently received 18-month terminations, meaning their status will be revoked in the summer and fall of 2019, respectively. Honduras has received a 6-month extension, so the next decision date for their TPS program is May 4, 2018. Nicaragua and Sudan have also been cancelled.  The majority of individuals with TPS are not eligible to apply for another form of relief. Thus, once their TPS is cancelled they will be considered undocumented, no longer allowed to work lawfully, and be subject to deportation. The financial cost to ending TPS is significant.  Not only would these individuals be no longer able to contribute to the U.S. economy, deporting TPS holders from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti alone would cost over $3 billion. See the attached chart for an overview of the ten countries that have TPS and where the program stands.

The Human Impact: Meet Marco

“The truth is, I feel very sad,” says Marco, a school custodian in Fairfax County, Virginia, upon learning that TPS was being terminated for El Salvador.  Marco is a longtime Justice for Our Neighbors client and TPS holder. “I left El Salvador nearly 30 years ago because of the Civil War, and I have lived here all these years,” he explains. “I work day and night so my two children can have a good future. They were born here and this is their country. I wasn’t born here, but I feel like this is my country, too.”

 Why Should This Matter for United Methodists?

The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.—Leviticus 19:34

We recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God. — United Methodist Social Principles, ¶162.H

While it is true that this program is couched as temporary, we cannot ignore that over 15+ years TPS recipients have become our family members, neighbors, friends, teachers and community members. Over 270,000 U.S. citizen children have been born to those with TPS. The termination of TPS means pulling longstanding residents from their jobs, homes, and families and deporting them to countries that are still unsafe.  For example, in El Salvador more than 20% of families have been the victims of gang-related violence. Haiti suffers from a cholera epidemic as well as the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, which has affected more than 2 million residents. As people of faith, we must lift our voices in support of our sisters and brothers with TPS and demand a permanent legislative solution that provides an opportunity to become naturalized U.S citizens. 

What Can We Do?

Contact Your Legislators. United Methodists can urge their members of Congress to enact legislation that would enable TPS recipients to remain in the United States lawfully and permanently, including the ability to attain U.S. citizenship.  Tell Congress to protect TPS holders and #SaveTPS. Please dial (202) 224-3121 and call three times (once for your Representative and once for each of your Senators). You can also tweet: “@SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE Declare your support for #TPS holders & legislation to protect them from deportation #SaveTPS #GreaterAs1”.

Spread the Word. Visit our partners at the Interfaith Immigration Coalition for sample social media messaging, as well as sample scripts for your legislative calls.

Volunteer. Serve at a United Methodist Justice for Our Neighbors clinic near you where you can assist TPS holders and other immigrants seeking immigration legal services.

Host a Prayer Vigil. By hosting a prayer vigil, people of faith are given an opportunity to reflect on the deep scriptural, spiritual roots of our work to support immigrants’ rights and highlight the real-life consequences of policy decisions, like ending TPS. Prayer Vigils are part of a larger strategy to express to our elected officials in Congress that protecting our immigrant family members and friends is a priority for people of faith.

Current State of TPS in the US

MFSA seeks new Executive Director

The Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA), a 110 year old justice-seeking faith based policy and organizing network, seeks a full time Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for advancing the mission and vision of MFSA, working in collaboration with the Board of Directors and Program Council to build the strategy for MFSA’S future and lead/manage its grassroots organizing, administration, staff, and communication.

 Click here for more info and a detailed job description.

MARCHA 2018 | August 2-5, 2018 | Charlotte NC

MARCHA Statement on Current DACA Debate in Congress

1/29/2018  – “You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him(her), for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt” – Exodus 22:21

MARCHA, Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans, is deeply concerned with the inability of Congress to provide the just and necessary protection to the 800,000 youth who participated in the DACA Program. Young persons that were brought into the US by their parents at a very early age, through no choice of their own, who have lived most of their lives in the US and consider our country their nation. Young people who have grown up to be responsible members of society, many of them members of United Methodist congregations and transformational leaders in our denomination and the community.

MARCHA denounces the political game that plays with the lives of these young people, creating great anxiety and fear of deportation to a country that they do not know or claim as their own. The action of ending the DACA program without providing for a way to protect the 800,000 participants was mean and cruel. Such action made these law-abiding youth clear targets of ICE and the aggressive immigration raids now taking place across the nation.

We believe that when a country and its leaders are not willing to protect its children and youth, the most vulnerable persons of society, it represents a sign of moral decay that could lead to the moral bankruptcy of the nation.

MARCHA calls on all United Methodist and people of good will to contact their Representatives and Senators and demand they do what is right, ethical and moral and pass a DREAM Act that protects the lives of all DACA-eligible young people in the United States.

Click here for a DACA Action Toolkit and other resources on immigration.


Contact Person: Bishop Elias Galvan, Executive Director (galvan222@msn.com)


MARCHA x Puerto Rico – Aguinaldo Navideño

MARCHA is walking in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico, alongside the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, bringing hope and the joy of the Christmas/Epiphany Season to children from most impacted communities and all clergy of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico.

You can join us in this movement of agape love;

1. Pray for the people of Puerto Rico and the church

2. Sponsor a child in the island with a $20 gift for a Three Kings Day’s Toy

MARCHA invites you to be part of this toys drive.  Toys will be given to children of several Methodist churches in Puerto Rico well affected by Hurricane María. Select a name, pray for that child, send a message, and donate $20.  With your contribution, this child will receive your message and a toy for “Three Kings’ Day.”

Click here to make your $20 gift for a child

3. Sponsor a pastor of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico with a $30 gift as a token of appreciation 

MARCHA invites you to send an “aguinaldo” (Puerto Rican gift) to each of the more than 100 pastors of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico.   Members of MARCHA will go to Puerto Rico to give a “parranda navideña” (Puerto Rican Christmas Carols) to all the pastors affected by Hurricane Maria.  Select a name of a pastor, pray  for him or her, send a message and donate $30.  With your contribution, we will present a token of appreciation to each of the clergy who are working tirelessly to provide relief, spiritual and emotional support in their communities.

Click here to make your $30 gift for a pastor

4. Join a mission team that will travel to Puerto Rico to distribute gifts to children and pastors. 

MARCHA invites you to be part of a parranda navideña (Puerto Rican Christmas Carols) to bring joy to the pastors of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico and the children of several congregations affected by Hurricane María.  Each person must assume their travel expenses to arrive at the Luis Muñoz Marín Airport in San Juan.  The group will stay at the Los Angeles Methodist Church in Carolina – $15 per night. A work team in Puerto Rico will help with local transportation and logistics. A Registration of $50 is requested.  Select in which week (or weeks) you are willing to serve.

Click here to sign up for a mission team

For more information, contact Rev. Lyssette N. Pérez at lyssetteperez@yahoo.com 

MARCHA For Puerto Rico – Call to Action

The aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s passage through Puerto Rico has created a humanitarian crisis that aggravated existing problems in the island’s economy, health, and education systems. At the moment, 34 deaths related to this phenomenon of nature have been reported. This has been the worst catastrophe of the century leaving the Puerto Rican people without water, food, electricity, health services, transportation and communications. There are people who were stripped of their homes, their jobs and most of the people were in communication with their loved ones and the outside world. In addition, animal deaths and near total loss of crops have been reported. The Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, estimated that the total losses will ascend to more than $95 thousand million.

The US government has been criticized for not doing more to respond on time and serving the more than 3.4 million American citizens residing on the island. However, we have witnessed how the Puerto Rican people, the Puerto Rican diaspora, celebrities, government officials and countless supporters have come together to collaborate in the midst of this crisis.

The People of the United Methodist Church are people “rooted in our hope” and committed to our church being a “tree planted near the waters.”  The verse of Job 14: 7, which says: “For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that its tender shoots will not cease;” inspires us to labor knowing that our hope is that Puerto Rico will be reborn again. [Read more…]

Call to Action: Support for Dreamers & DACA

MARCHA supports and join the Immigration Task Force of the United Methodist Church in their Call to Action regarding President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which provides undocumented immigrants young employment authorization, which allows them to obtain a social security card, work and go to school. Rooted in our Hope, we will continue to work for a comprehensive immigration reform that provides a fair path to citizenship to undocumented immigrants and keep families together.

A Call to Action to The United Methodist Churches in the U.S.

September 5, 2017

We have learned that President Trump is considering rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which presently provides undocumented immigrant young people employment authorization.  Under DACA young people are able to obtain social security cards, work and go to school.

Since DACA’s inception in June 2012, almost 800,000 young people have received its benefits.  Many other young people who qualified for DACA did not come forth for a number of reasons.  Some did not trust that they would be safe if they came forward to request DACA, fearing deportation.  Others did not have the funds to pay for the fees or the legal help they needed to apply.  Some simply did not have the support systems to help them take the steps to apply for DACA.

DACA recipients have been able to work and support themselves and their families.  Economic studies have clearly shown that they have significantly contributed to the economy of the country. They have been able to go to school and prepare for their future, futures that have the potential of strengthening the well-being of the many communities where they live.   As DACA young people will share, they received hope and the opportunity to be useful and productive. [Read more…]

MARCHA 2017 – Enraizados en nuestra Esperanza (resumen)

8/15/2017, Dallas TX – Durante los días del 10 al 13 de agosto de 2017, tuvo lugar la 46ta. Asamblea Anual de MARCHA, el caucus oficial Hispano/Latinxs en la Iglesia Metodista Unida y la Iglesia Metodista (IMU) de Puerto Rico. El evento, el cual se llevó a cabo en el Hotel Magnolia Dallas en colaboración con la Escuela de Teología de Perkins/SMU y otros patrocinadores, celebró el 25to. Aniversario del Plan Nacional para Ministerios Hispano/Latinos de la Iglesia Metodista Unida (NPHLM), producto del trabajo de abogacía de MARCHA.

La actividad, a la cual asistieron 325+ personas provenientes de 38 conferencia y todas las jurisdicciones de la IMU, PR y CIEMAL, y en la que participaron, líderes conferenciales, pastores/as, laicos/as, superintendentes, directores de ministerios conexionales y 10 obispos/as, se desarrolló bajo el tema “Enrraizados en nuestra Esperanza / Rooted in our Hope”. El tema, sirvió como plataforma para reflexionar en los logros, realidades, retos y oportunidades del pueblo Hispano/Latino en la iglesia y sociedad.  [Read more…]

MARCHA Statement on Acts of Violence and Hate in Charlottesville, VA

08/15/2017 – MARCHA, Methodist Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans, condemns the senseless violence displayed in recent days in Charlottesville VA and that is erupting in other locations throughout the US. We mourn the death of a young woman and two police officers in VA, stands in solidarity with their families, and pray for the many injured in this despicable act of hate.

As Christians, we denounce all acts of violence, discrimination and hate. As Hispanic/Latinx we are alarmed and concerned by the increase of white supremacist, neo-Nazis and alt-right groups that promote hate and violence against people of color and other social and religious minorities in the US. Racism, whether it manifests through hateful words or violent acts, is a sin and a destructive force in society.  [Read more…]

Conferencias Anuales 2017 Aprueban Resoluciones sobre Inmigración

En once de las conferencias anuales de la Iglesia Metodista Unida, entre los meses de mayo a junio del 2017, fueron aprobadas por unanimidad Resoluciones en apoyo al inmigrante. Uniendose a otras que en el pasado han echo lo mismo.

MARCHA, el Caucus Nacional Metodista Unido Representando la Causa Hispano-Latinoamericana encomienda y felicita la ardua labor que las 11 conferencias que a través de la nación trabajaron arduamente para que los derechos y la dignidad de las personas inmigrantes sean respetadas. [Read more…]

MARCHA 2017 | Dallas TX | Aug 10-13,2017


MARCHA 2017 will be a historic gathering as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the National Hispanic/Latino Plan of the United Methodist Church, and rooted in God’s hope, together set a prophetic vision for the future of the Hispanic/Latino community, congregations and leaders in the United Methodist Church and beyond.

When: August 10-13, 2017

Where: Perkins School of Theology, Dallas Texas

Click the link below to see detailed information about speakers and the agenda.

(This link will redirect you to the event website hosted by the NHLP)


 Registration Fee

Early Bird (5/20 – 6/1): $200 / $100 (Seminarian/Youth)

Regular (6/2 to 7/11): $250 / $125 (Seminarian/ Youth)

Late (7/12 – 8/1): $300 / $150 (Seminarian/ Youth)

On Site: $350 / $175 (Seminarian/ Youth)

The registration fee includes participation in all plenaries and small group work, materials and one (1) ticket to the Leadership Celebration Banquet. Additional tickets can be bought during registration.

MARCHA Membership

During the registration process, participants will have the opportunity to become a member of MARCHA. The members hip fee give persons the right to vote in all matters pertaining our caucus, and support the advocacy and leadership development ministries of MARCHA.

Official Hotel for MARCHA 2017

The Magnolia Hotel Dallas Park Cities is the newest addition to the Dallas/SMU area. Their central location provides easy access to Downtown Dallas, Southern Methodist University, Fair Park/Cotton Bowl, American Airlines Center and so much more. Stroll down Greenville Avenue, through Victory Park, or shop till you drop at North Park Mall. Mockingbird Station is walking distance from the hotel and provides plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment. MARCHA has secured a special price for our event of $118 per night – double occupancy. The special group rate will be available only until 7/11/2017. After this date, you can still make a reservation at the hotel rate calling: 214-750-6060.

Hotel provides a shuttle that runs within a 3 mile radius of the hotel plus Love Field Airport from 6:30 am until 10:00 pm. Each guest is invited to call the main number of the hotel at 214-750-6060 and request pick up.



 Best airports for MARCHA 2017

There are two main airport options for MARCHA 2017

  • DFW – has less expensive and more airlines. Requires a $30-35 Uber ride to the MARCHA hotel.
  • Love Field – has Southwest Airlines, but limited other airlines. Requires a $15-20 Uber ride to the MARCHA Hotel. Magnolia Hotel Hotel provides a shuttle to/from Love Field Airport from 6:30 am until 10:00 pm. Each guest is invited to call the main number of the hotel at 214-750-6060 and request pick up.

Our Partners





MARCHA provee recursos sobre el Movimiento Santuario para Inmigrantes

MARCHA respalda el movimiento de santuarios para inmigrantes que esta re-emergiendo en los Estados Unidos. El mismo, es una respuesta fiel al llamado divino a cuidar al inmigrante y abogar en favor de los más vulnerables y marginados por la sociedad, eclesiástica y civil. Visite esta página frecuentemente para recursos actualizados.

FIRME – Haga un compromiso con el movimiento de Resistencia y Santuario para Inmigrantes.

TOOLKIT – Movimiento Santuario (Inglés) cortesía de GBCS

TOOLKIT – Como organizar su congregación Como “Immigrant Welcoming”- cortesía de GBCS

TOOLKIT – Respondiendo a las Redadas Migratorias

TOOLKIT – Como organizar una Coalición para el Movimiento Santuario

HANDOUT – Como convertase en una iglesia Santuario – (from Beloved Community) – added 3/2/2017

LITURGY – Inmigración y Refugiados/as – (from Beloved Community) – added 3/2/2017

TOOLKIT – Paquete Informativo para Familias Inmigrantes Indocumentadas – añadido 3/29/2017


MARCHA urge al Concilio de Obispos y Agencias de la IMU a brindar apoyo a comunidades minoritarias

Recientemente, el Consejo Directivo de MARCHA se dirigió al Concilio de Obispos de la Iglesia Metodista Unida y los Secretarios/as Generales de las principales agencias de nuestra denominación para urgirles a proveer liderato ante el ambiente hostil que se ha desatado en contra de las comunidades minoritarias y étnicas durante y después del proceso eleccionario en los EEUU.

En su comunicación, MARCHA invitó a los obispos a apoyar el ministerio de “santuarios” en las iglesias locales de sus respectivas áreas episcopales. Además, pidió a los secretarios generales de las agencias metodistas unidas a coordinar sus esfuerzos para producir recursos prácticos que empoderen a las iglesias locales que están y desean hacer ministerio con estas comunidades. MARCHA está comprometida a caminar con el pueblo como un agente catalítico de justicia, paz y equidad.

Puede leer las cartas a continuación:

–          Carta de MARCHA a concilio de obispo – movimiento santuario.

–          Carta de MARCHA a secretarios generales IMU

Jesús el Inmigrante: Dios con nosotros/as

Por Rev. Héctor A. Burgos – En la medida que nos vamos adentrando en los últimos meses del año, mucha gente comienza a planificar cómo celebrarán las fiestas navideñas. Algunos se preguntan dónde pasarán la Noche Buena y el día de Navidad. Otros cómo van a decorar sus casas o qué regalos comprarán. Durante este mismo tiempo, los cristianos alrededor del mundo nos preparamos para celebrar el nacimiento de Jesús, el Mesías. La época de Adviento, que significa “llegada” y precede a la Navidad y la Epifanía, nos provee de una oportunidad muy especial para renovarnos y prepararnos para recibir al Cristo y celebrar su presencia en nuestro medio.

La mayoría estamos bastante familiarizados con los acontecimientos que la Biblia menciona sobre el nacimiento de Jesús. Conocemos las profecías sobre su nacimiento, el anuncio del ángel a María y a José, el censo, el pesebre, los pastores, el niño envuelto en un pesebre y la visita de los Sabios de Oriente. Estos son todos eventos importantes y conocidos en la tradición cristiana.

Sin embargo, el Evangelio según Mateo nos relata un momento en la vida de Jesús que pocas veces escuchamos en nuestras iglesias durante la Navidad, a pesar de que dicho relato es sumamente pertinente para el pueblo cristiano de hoy.

Mateo 2:13-18 nos relata que, luego del nacimiento de Jesús, el rey Herodes propuso en su corazón matar al niño. Pero Dios, en su deseo de protegerlo, mandó a un ángel para que le dijera a José que huyera junto a su familia para evitar la furia del rey. Luego de escuchar la advertencia del ángel, José “se levantó cuando todavía era de noche, tomó al niño y a su madre, y partió hacia Egipto” (2:14, NVI) [Read more…]

Declaración de MARCHA Post Elecciones: “Un Pueblo Constructor de Puentes”



A tan sólo unos días de la elección del nuevo presidente de los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica, hemos sido testigos de un sinnúmero de incidentes negativos muy preocupantes. Un niño hispano/latino nacido en New Jersey y de apenas 6 años, fue acosado en la escuela por sus compañeros cuando le preguntaron: “¿Cuándo es que te vas para tu país?” En Tennessee personal de algunas de nuestras agencias generales y sus familias han sido víctimas de intimidación. En Texas, una mujer paseaba a su bebé por el parque y un camionero pasó por su lado gritando en alta voz: “Poder Blanco”.  Un trabajador indocumentado en New York no recibió el pago de $600 por dos semanas de trabajo, porque su empleador le dijo que ahora él iba a ser deportado.  Jóvenes metodistas unidos hispanos/latinos de la Conferencia de Carolina del Norte, participantes del evento de la juventud Pilgrimage 2016, fueron acosados por otros participantes con expresiones no hospitalarias y después de expresar su descontento fueron recriminados y culpados por lo sucedido.  Además, diversas congregaciones hispanas/latinas en nuestra denominación, ya han comenzado a reportar un incremento de hostilidad y falta de compasión por nuestro pueblo.  Todos estos casos se unen a los más de 437 incidentes de acoso de odio e intimidación reportados por el Southern Poverty Law Center.  Más del 30% de estos acosos fueron dirigidos hacia la comunidad inmigrante, y el mayor número de casos están ocurriendo en las escuelas de primaria y secundaria.  Como cristianos y metodistas unidos no podemos hacer caso omiso de este asunto.

Reconocemos que vivimos en una democracia con perspectivas políticas diversas que buscan, en diferentes maneras, lograr el bienestar del pueblo.  En medio de nuestras diferencias políticas e ideológicas, ahora estamos confrontando un conflicto mayor de intolerancia, persecución, discriminación, odio, en donde pareciera imposible crear una unidad nacional a nivel político, espiritual y teológico.  ¿Será posible crear una nueva realidad según está enmarcado en el sello oficial de los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica escrito en latín E pluribus unum, que literalmente significa “De los muchos, uno”? Y desde la perspectiva cristiana, ¿será posible reclamar que somos un solo pueblo que se compromete a vivir el mandamiento de Jesucristo y a cumplir nuestros votos bautismales de renunciar a las fuerzas espirituales de maldad y a los poderes malignos del mundo en una iglesia en que quepamos todos? Podemos ser “Un Pueblo”, si dejamos que la voluntad de Dios se encarne en nosotros y comencemos a sembrar paz, esperanza y vida, especialmente en todas las personas a quienes se les ha pisoteado su dignidad.

Los profetas en los tiempos antiguos instaban al pueblo a volver a Dios. De igual manera, los profetas de nuestros tiempos están llamados a resistir el mal y dejar que la gracia de Dios se impregne en nuestros corazones.  Nuestros jóvenes de MARCHA sienten miedo y ansiedad, aun dentro de la iglesia en donde han encontrado el amor de Dios.  Nos hacen un llamado para que la que iglesia sirva de instrumento para construir puentes de hermandad en lugar de construir murallas de división que surgen de todas las formas de discriminación, opresión y exclusión.  La joven Stacy Guinto-Salinas dijo en el evento Pilgrimage 2016 en Carolina del Norte: “¿Cómo podemos darle la bienvenida al Espíritu, cuando nosotros no nos hemos dado la bienvenida unos a las otras?”  Al expresar esto, Stacy nos confronta con el mensaje en 1ª Juan 4:20-21, que dice: “…quien no ama a su hermano, a quien ha visto, no puede amar a Dios a quien no ha visto… quien ama a Dios, ame también a su hermano”.

Metodistas Asociados Representando la Causa Hispano/Latina Americana (MARCHA), hace un llamado a nuestra denominación para que sirva de instrumento de paz con justicia y de unidad en medio del ambiente que violencia y odio que permea en la sociedad.

MARCHA recomienda las siguientes acciones concretas, como el comienzo de una respuesta fiel y efectiva a toda esta realidad.

A nuestra denominación:

  • Solicitamos a nuestros obispos y obispas que como líderes espirituales ofrezcan apoyo y cuidado a todos los inmigrantes, refugiados y personas que están siendo acosadas, intimidades y violentadas con actitudes y crímenes de odio en sus respectivas conferencias anuales y en la nación.
  • Invitamos a nuestras agencias generales a que trabajen en colaboración con los caucus raciales y étnicos y otros grupos en nuestra denominación, proveyendo más recursos para combatir el racismo, el clasismo, la xenofobia, la homofobia, la misoginia y toda forma de discriminación, opresión y exclusión.
  • Solicitamos a la Conferencia Anual de Carolina del Norte a que trabaje en colaboración con la Comisión General de Religión y Raza, la Junta General de Iglesia y Sociedad, MARCHA, el Plan Nacional para el Ministerio Hispano/Latino, el Caucus Hispano/Latino de la Jurisdicción del Noreste y el Comité Hispano/Latino de la Conferencia Anual de Carolina del Norte para erradicar toda forma de discriminación, buscar maneras para proteger y apoyar a la comunidad hispana/latina de su conferencia anual y evitar que se repitan situaciones lamentables como las sucedidas en el Pilgrimage 2016.

Al pueblo metodista unido:

  • Afirmamos y celebramos las iniciativas de respuesta compasiva provenientes del liderato pastoral y el laicado hispano/latino aliados, comunidades de fe, iglesias locales, organizaciones de trabajo ecuménico, centros comunitarios de desarrollo para responder en medio de esta crisis. Y urgimos que se continúen y se fortalezcan esas iniciativas de respuesta compasiva.
  • Instamos a las iglesias locales que sirvan a quienes sufren persecución y a convertirse en santuarios para inmigrantes, refugiados y otras víctimas de persecución.
  • Llamamos a todos los metodistas unidos a ser MARCHA en donde quiera que estén sirviendo, trabajando localmente con grupos comunitarios y organizándose para responder a las necesidades del pueblo.
  • Solicitamos a nuestras congregaciones hispano/latinas y grupos comunitarios que comuniquen a MARCHA incidentes o casos de abuso discriminante que experimenten .(https://www.marchaumc.org/comunique-un-incidente/).
  • Animamos a trabajar con todos los caucuses jurisdiccionales, conferenciales, grupos comunitarios, coaliciones y aliados a luchar sin cansancio por la dignidad de nuestro pueblo.
  • Promovamos el diálogo, mediante el cual podamos encontrarnos la una con el otro y descubrir en nuestra diversidad al Dios que nos hace pueblo.
  • Nos unimos con la familia ecuménica e interreligiosa en oración de intercesión y en compromiso desde la fe a través de gestos y actitudes solidarias frente a estod nuevos desafíos.

Al presidente electro Donald Trump:

  • Le urgimos a que utilice su poder con responsabilidad para crear un ambiente de solidaridad en nuestro país, de modo que reemplace el ambiente creado en la campaña política, el cual ha engendrado la división, animosidad y miedo en nuestro pueblo.

Jesús oró por nosotros, los discípulos de todas las eras, para que fuéramos “uno” siendo este el mejor testimonio de vida para el mundo. Jesús oró: “…para que todos sean uno; que como tú, oh Padre, estás en mí y yo en ti, también ellos estén en nosotros, para que el mundo crea que tú me enviaste” (Juan 17:21).

Seamos un pueblo diverso y constructor de puentes, no de muros.


Rev. Lyssette N. Pérez                    Obispo Elías Galván

Presidenta de MARCHA                      Director Ejecutivo de MARCHA


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