At the 2017 Annual Conference Session, the South Georgia Conference approved a resolution, a statement that represent the position of the conference on a subject, called the “Resolution in support of a Coordinated Action on Behalf of Undocumented Neighbors.” This resolution was written and submitted by South Georgia Hispanic pastors and allies. It called on the presiding bishop to form a task force to develop a strategy to educate clergy and laity about the history of immigration and human and civil rights concerning undocumented members of society and to encourage South Georgia United Methodists to engage in works of piety and mercy towards their undocumented neighbors.
“This declaration was to give awareness and be more intentional to love our neighbors as we love ourselves,” said Rev. Daniel Medina, a co-author of the resolution and pastor of Nueva Vida United Methodist Church in Macon and associate director of Connectional Ministries for Hispanic Ministries. “This resolution includes an education program and a system of advocacy and representation. We are pleased that this resolution passed and prayed that this will represent an opportunity to build bridges of Christian love and care among God’s people here in South Georgia.”
Members of the Task Force include: Elaine Chavez, David Diaz, Brett Maddocks, Daniel Medina, Ivelisse Quinones, Isaac Salgado, Angelyn Tripp, Moises Velez, Earnestine Campbell (Staff/Liaison)
The following are resources this Task Force has put together.