Passed by South Carolina Annual Conference
FLORENCE, S.C. — The South Carolina Annual Conference passed a resolution at its annual meeting last month that calls for reform of U.S. immigration policies. The resolution criticizes legislation being considered in the state senate and encourages every United Methodist congregation to study the biblical basis of hospitality to all.
The resolution was approved at the conference’s annual meeting, called the “The Wesleyan Way,” June 10-13 at the Florence Civic Center. The legislation, “A Resolution for Immigration Reform,” was proposed by the conference’s Hispanic/Latino Committee.
The resolution asserts that U.S. “immigration policy has not adapted adequately to changes to the global nature of the world.
The resolution encourages congregations to “welcome newly arriving people in their communities, to love them as we do ourselves, to treat them as children of God, to see in them the presence of the incarnated Jesus, and to show hospitality to all in our midst, believing that through their presence we are receiving the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” (more…)