Bishop Urges Action on Immigration Reform

March 19, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcano, a leading denominational voice calling for reform of U.S. immigration policies, recently urged about 50 fellow advocates for racial justice to help bolster the movement for enacting new, more humane immigration laws this year.

At a March 12-14 meeting sponsored by the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race, the bishop advised regional church leaders to help organize prayer vigils, study denominational resolutions on migration and spur the growth of legal outreach services to help immigrants obtain residency or citizenship status.

"I recommend you hold prayer vigils in your churches and communities to call people together in one spirit to pray for a just resolution of this immigration situation," said Carcano, who is bishop of the Phoenix Area and vice president of the commission's board of directors.