United Methodists from throughout Wisconsin will unite for a Rally and Prayer Vigil for refugees and immigrants from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 1st at Waukesha: First United Methodist Church, 121 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186. Supporters of any faith or culture are welcome to participate. Join us inside the church at or before 9 a.m., and feel free to park in the church parking lot or on a nearby street. We urge participants not to carry any national flags or banners, discriminatory language placards, or other items that would give a negative impression about The United Methodist Church. However, we do urge participants to carry your respective church banners, and cross and flame banners.

Tips for a non-violent walk:

  1. Remember we are God’s people.
  2. Be careful as our walking pace will change.
  3. Two abreast only on the sidewalks is a city ordinance.
  4. Pray or visit with others. Make a friend.
  5. Obey traffic signals or directions.
  6. No one in the street except at directed crossings.
  7. Be friendly to media & the stranger. We witness to love.
  8. If there is trouble, call an organizer at 262.689.8020.
  9. Dial 911 for a medical emergency.

This event is sponsored by several Wisconsin United Methodist groups, including Ethnic Local Church Concerns Committee, Hispanic/Latino Caucus, Committee on Hispanic/Latino Ministries, and Board of Church and Society. Bishop Hee-Soo Jung will address the assembly concerning the current state of “welcoming the stranger” in and through the Wisconsin Conference. According to Rev. Sam Royappa, director of connectional ministries for the Wisconsin Conference of The United Methodist Church, “United Methodists are called to love our neighbors by welcoming all people, including refugees and immigrants, into our congregations and communities. Immigration policies recently developed and implemented in our nation are antithetical to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, and the gospel of radical hospitality,” he said.