Pandemic tests church’s justice commitments

May 07, 2020

Editor's note: The following article includes detailed comments from Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño around the pandemic's impact upon migrants around the globe. Bishop Carcaño serves as the chair of the denomination's Immigration Task Force. 

Click here to read the full Immigration Task Force report and Bishop's Immigration Task Force presentation.  

Click here to read the full Immigration Task Force report

Click here for Bishop's Immigration Task Force presentation


By Heather Hahn
May 5, 2020 | UM News

For something that can’t be seen with the naked eye, the coronavirus has a way of magnifying longtime injustices around the world.

The impact of the virus is visible in the nursing home resident isolated from loved ones and in the migrant laboring to put food on people’s tables. It’s in the long lines of cars at food banks and the disproportionate death toll among racial minorities.

Bishops spent much of their online meeting May 1 discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic aggravates problems The United Methodist Church has long sought to alleviate. Those problems include poverty, racism and mistreatment of migrants.

“COVID-19 has made our world more vulnerable,” Bishop Minerva Carcaño said.

She and other bishops discussed how United Methodists could show love of their neighbors and relieve suffering.

Specifically, bishops pointed to the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s “Sheltering in Love” COVID-19 response fund. UMCOR is using the fund to address the heath concerns, food insecurity and other pressing needs of vulnerable populations worldwide.

The fund had raised about $200,000 as of May 1, said Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, who leads the bishops’ missional engagement team. However, he and other bishops said much more is needed from those who can afford to give.

Carcaño, who leads the California-Nevada Conference, is the chair of the denomination’s Immigration Task Force. She spoke about how the pandemic was affecting migrants around the globe.

She noted that under the cover of COVID-19, the United States has deported thousands of migrants “without any due process of law or any thought for their health and well-being or that of anyone else.” Some of those deported were sick with COVID-19 and have carried the disease to countries with already strained health care systems.

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