Texas Bishops Respond to Border Crisis in Letter to All Texas Methodists

July 17, 2014

The bishops of the five Texas Annual Conferences have issued the letter below to all United Methodists in Texas in response to the humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border. You can read the letter below or download a version in English by clicking on the images below. To access a Spanish translation of the letter, click here.
 
The Bishops' prayer is that the letter be shared with local churches throughout the state in myriad ways - such as:
  1. included in local church newsletters and on websites and social media pages;
  2. incorporated  into sermons and/or worship liturgy; and
  3. offered up to small groups and Bible studies to focus on the cited texts.
There is also the hope that church mission teams will find it helpful in planning a faithful response to the needs of these children at our doorstep. All churches and members of the Central Texas Conference are invited to share this pastoral letter and engage in holy conferencing with your church and community.
 
To learn more about the ongoing crisis along our southern border, visit ctcumc.org/missionsupport-bordercrisis and/or see Bishop Lowry’s July 11 blog post, A Christian Response to the Border Crisis.
 
 
 
A digital version of the letter in English is available here for those who wish to download and save/print and/or link it to on your website and/or social media pages. To access a Spanish translation of the letter, click here. The  Exccutive Committee of the Council of Bishops has also issued a statement calling for compassion and prayer in response to the border crisis. You can access the Council of Bishops' statement here.