After Bishop Will Willimon posted his weekly message entitled “An Open Letter” and Rev. Matt Lacey posted a Mission and Advocacy Blog entitled "In the World, But Not of the World," there has been much discussion about Alabama HB 56 (Alabama's new immigration law) through comments on the North Alabama Conference website.
In light of this active topic of discussion, there are some Immigration Discussions planned throughout the North Alabama Conference where United Methodists may gather face to face and further discuss the law.
Director of Mission and Advocacy Rev. Matt Lacey explained in a recent blog post “This will be a time of worship, discussion, and prayer as we seek to discern how we can respond to this law in light of our faith and denomination.” He added, “We hope this will be a civil, prayerful, and respectful exploration of the law among those gathered.”
Discussions are being planned in different geographical locations throughout the Conference.
The first discussion will be Tuesday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Highlands UMC in Birmingham.
Other discussions will be held throughout the summer. These include the following:
Bishop Will Willimon notes that over the last few weeks, this issue has brought together many religious groups. He told a reporter recently, “I had seen no issue on which more religious groups were joined than this one, with the lead given by the Catholics and the rest of us joining in. It's quite remarkable. A wide array of Alabama Christians have come together to challenge this new immigration law."
As further food for thought, Bishop Willimon notes, “I thought this was an interesting column by our Baptist friend, Jim Evans."