'A Place to Call Home': UMW Legislative Event Focuses on Immigration

February 09, 2011

"Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt" (Ex. 22:21) "For I was a stranger and you welcomed me" (Matt. 25:35b)

Immigration reform is the focus for the California-Nevada Annual Conference United Methodist Women's legislative event, "A Place to Call Home," taking place Monday, April 11 at First United Methodist Church in Sacramento.
Speakers include the Rev. Brenda Vaca, Chair of the Conference Immigration Task Force; Belinda Robinson, Board Chair of the Bay Area Immigration Task Force; and Elizabeth Sholes, Director of Public Policy for the California Council of Churches. They will address the issues and results of our broken federal immigration laws, and offer faith-based alternatives for prayer and action. 
Check-in will be between 8 and 9 a.m., with refreshments available. The program is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch. After lunch, participants will be invited to be part of a public witness to their faith on the steps of the State Capitol building, and visitations to the offices of state legislators. The event will end at approximately 3 p.m.
Cost of the event is $30 (includes lunch) and scholarships are available if needed.
"We hear the cries of our neighbors – undocumented workers whose families are being torn apart by inhumane federal immigration policies and procedures," said Connie Jones, Mission Coordinator for Social Action. "How are we as followers of Jesus to respond? We must speak up and act for justice for our neighbors. Much of what is happening to people is kept quiet and not reported in the news. People are removed from their families, taken to far-away detention centers, held indefinitely, not allowed to contact loved ones. The place for us to start helping is to get ourselves educated about this multi-faceted problem. This legislative event is a beginning."
First UMC is located at 2100 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816. (Need directions? You may plot your journey by using the built-in Google Maps feature on the Sacramento FUMC page at cnumc.org.)