The Immigration Task Force for the California-Nevada Annual Conference hosted bishops, directors of connectional ministry, clergy, laity, and others from across the Western Jurisdiction, Jan. 21-22 in San Francisco for "A Call to Radical Hospitality," a jurisdictional immigration training event.
Bishop Minerva Carcaño, resident bishop for the Desert Southwest Annual Conference, was keynote speaker for the Friday evening session, which kicked off a day of workshops and worship services on Saturday.
Cal-Nev Communcations has produced an 11-minute highlight video of the Friday evening session, which now is available to view on REEL Witness, the video library on the Cal-Nev Conference website (click on the link to REEL Witness found under "Areas of Interest" in the menu on the right side of the Home Page at cnumc.org).
The video features worship led by the Rev. Schuyler Rhodes, pastor of Temple United Methodist Church in San Francisco, and includes soundbites from California-Nevada Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. and Bishop Grant Hagiya of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, in addition to a portion of the talk by Bishop Carcaño.
The entire speech by Bishop Carcaño will be available soon in the REEL Witness library (watch for a notice in the Instant Connection).
Workshop leader has book available
"We have migration from the very beginning of our story as the people of God ... It's there in Genesis," said one Saturday workshop leader, Helene Slessarev-Jamir – Mildred M. Hutchinson Professor of Urban Ministries at Claremont School of Theology.
While acknowledging that there are "multiple voices in Scripture," making it possible to develop arguments in support of varying concepts, Slessarev-Jamir pointed out that early Hebrew texts do refer to the rights of immigrants: She said the concept appears 37 times, in fact, in the first five books of the Bible (the Books of the Law). "Clearly this was a fundamental perspective that God wanted the Israelites to understand," she reasoned.
Slessarev-Jamir has a book available, to use as a resource, at a discounted price of $21.60.
While designed to counter religious conservatism, the book also "shows that Evangelicals, too, have become increasingly active, with crucial biblical interpretation," according to Glen Stassen of Fuller Theological Seminary.