Delegates Pass Justice Resolutions, Including Emergency Resolution on Immigrant Children

By Tiffany Vail
Associate Conference Minister for Communications

June 16, 2018 - Delegates to the 151st Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Conference on Saturday passed five resolutions on justice issues, including an emergency resolution condemning the separation of immigrant children from their parents.

The last-minute resolution 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, and a kinder, more compassionate, and more just policy - one that reflects the 'better angels' of our national nature - must take its place." (Full text to be posted)

The Annual Meeting was held as part of the second joint Annual Meeting with the Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences in Springfield, MA.

At the meeting, delegates also approved a resolution calling on the Associations of the Conference to adopt a policy requiring all Authorized Ministers to receive at least a one-day racial justice training workshop every three years, and for all members in discernment to receive training prior to ordination.

The resolution also calls for expanded racial justice training for Christian Educators, youth leaders, music directors, organists, choir directors and other lay leaders, and asks that more anti-racism resources be made available.

Delegates also approved:

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