CT and MA Delegates Take Stands for Immigrants

By Tiffany Vail
Associate Conference Minister for Communications

June 18, 2018 - SPRINGFIELD, MA - Meeting in a city where a Peruvian mother lived in sanctuary in a UCC church for 12 weeks, and as revelations surfaced of immigrant children being separated from their parents at the border, Connecticut and Massachusetts Conference Annual Meeting delegates took stands for immigrants this weekend.

The Connecticut Conference on Saturday passed an emergency resolution which declared that delegates to the meeting "condemn in the strongest terms possible the outrageous, inhumane, and unjust treatment of those 'strangers' seeking refuge at our southern border. The deliberate and cruel separation of infants and children from their parents must cease at once."

The resolution was brought by 21 delegates to the meeting who wanted to take an immediate stance against the current administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the border.

"For over 25 years now, I have been blessed to have traveled throughout Central and South America on mission and international service learning trips and worked, lived, and played with children and families in some of the most trying of circumstances," said Bruce Miller, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Meriden, CT. "As desperate families come to our border, I am not afraid of them. But I am now afraid for them. I am also afraid of any government official appropriating Scripture in an attempt to put God's fingerprints on unholy acts."

Miller was referring to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' use of a Bible verse to defend his department's policy of prosecuting everyone who crosses the border from Mexico, saying the Apostle Paul gave the clear command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government "because God has ordained the government for his purposes."

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