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. On Saturday, February 25, 2017, Director of Connectional Ministries Sam Royappa met with a number of ethnic clergy and laypersons to discuss immigration issues that are causing stress within our congregations and ethnic populations. The group decided to plan a Rally-Prayer Vigil on April 1st from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Waukesha: First United Methodist Church, 121 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186. This event is sponsored by The Ethnic Local Church Concerns Committee, the Hispanic/Latino Caucus, and the Committee on Hispanic/Latino Ministries, Board of Church and Society, and coordinated by The Director of Connectional Ministries. All are invited to actively participate. More details will be communicated soon. Read Resolutions #3281 and #3284, and Social Principles #162H and #163F to educate yourself on this subject. Let us renew our commitment to love and care for all people in the name of Jesus Christ, the One who has called us to be faithful witnesses of the gospel of love, justice and mercy.