Love and Support to Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters

2/16/2017

February 3, 2017

A Message of Love and Support to Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters

Beloved Ones,

We bring you greetings in the name of your brothers and sisters of the 370 United Methodist Churches that live and serve across Central and Northern California and Northern Nevada.  Our hearts are burdened by the discrimination that you our Muslim brothers and sisters have experienced in the last few days.  We recognize that recent Executive Orders signed by President Trump that have stopped the resettlement of refugees and prohibited the admission into the U.S. of persons from seven majority-Muslim countries have brought great suffering to you, your families and others.  We come to extend to you our love and support.

As people of Christian faith we condemn all overt and covert forms of religious intolerance.  We deplore acts of hate or violence against groups or persons based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, status, economic condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation.  We oppose immigration policies that separate family members from each other.  We recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God.

In you we see brothers and sisters for we know that we have all been created by the same Creator in whose sight we are all of equal value.  We believe that we are all created in the likeness and image of God, and that our Creator God calls us to love one another and care for each other. 

With humble hearts we come to extend to you a hand of friendship, brotherhood and sisterhood.  We stand with you in your suffering and ask that you stand with us as we advocate for others who today face discrimination, separation from their families and the land of their birth, and find themselves in a foreign land without a welcome. 

Here and now we commit ourselves as your Christian brothers and sisters to the achievement of a world community that is a fellowship of persons who honestly love one another.  Let us join our prayers and our actions that such a day may come.
 
Sincerely,

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño