Claremont United Methodist Church
Contact Our Pastors and Church Office
Our new toll-free phone number: 844-251-6335
New email addresses are now in use!
• Mark Wiley — firstname.lastname@example.org
—Lead Pastor, phone 909-624-9021 ext 224
• Martha Morales — email@example.com
—Associate Pastor, phone 909-624-9021 ext 231
• Jessica Johnston, MDiv — firstname.lastname@example.org
—Church Administrator, phone 909-624-9021
Our “.org” email addresses have been closed.
Sunday Worship on Sundays after Easter
• 9:30 a.m
• children leave from worship
• adults ~ 10:30 a.m.
Children's Music Program
• ~10:30 a.m.
Calling ALL Parents / Caregivers / Families / Others **
• ~ 10:50 a.m.
Other Weekly Events
•Choirs, Music, Dance & Theater programs for children & adults
•Study & Fellowship Groups
•Preschool for ages 2-5
•Service & Social Witness Events
** Calling ALL Parents/Caregivers / Families / Others!
Let’s gather on Sunday mornings at 10:50! All adults (those who have children and those who don't) are invited to join us on the patio (outside the Narthex) to eat, fellowship, discuss, chat, lament … COME and we will figure out together how to make our time together meaningful. Contact: Sara Swift Tharp email@example.com
United Methodist Board of Church and Society Opposes Military at U.S.-Mexico Border Click link to see full statement.
Board opposes military at U.S.-Mexico border—
calls on United Methodists to advocate against policy, stand with asylum seekers.
Oct. 29, 2018
Contact: Warren Gill, firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON — The board of directors of the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church adopted the following statement at its meeting Oct. 24-26, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas.
“We, the directors of the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church, are gathered this week in San Antonio, Texas. During our meeting, we focused on the impact of the U.S. government’s zero tolerance policy on migrant families seeking asylum and communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. A delegation of four of our members traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border to better understand the root causes of migration, the right to asylum and the criminalization of migrants.
"Our delegation heard stories of men, woman and children fleeing violence and corruption in their home countries of Honduras, Cuba and Zimbabwe. Traveling by foot across the International Gateway Bridge border from Matamoros, Mexico, to Brownsville, Texas, they passed through the metering checkpoint where, on a daily basis, migrants seeking asylum are turned away and forced to wait — a violation of the U.S. commitments under the Geneva Conventions. Our delegation met with the staff of the Federal Public Defenders office in McAllen, Texas and learned about the trauma inflicted on children who were separated from their families, as well as the massive taxpayer resources that continue to be used to prosecute the misdemeanor crime of crossing the border.
"All of the faith, nonprofit, and government leaders our delegation met shared great concern and fear about U.S. troops being deployed in response to the group of migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S.-Mexico border.
"We were, therefore, alarmed to learn that the administration will most likely send U.S. troops to the U.S-Mexico border.
"The United Methodist Church is resolved “as followers of Jesus, to work to eliminate racism and violence directed toward newly arriving migrants to the United States.” Further, we “denounce and oppose the rise of xenophobic, racist, and violent reactions against migrants in the United States, and support all efforts to build relationships among people, instead of building walls among diverse ethnicities and cultures.” (2016 United Methodist Book of Resolutions, 3281 “Welcoming the migrant in the US”)
"Guided by this social teaching of our church, empowered by the scriptural mandate to welcome the stranger and sojourner (e.g., Exodus 22:21, Leviticus 19:34, Matthew 25:35, and Hebrews 13:20), and emboldened by our shared experience at the border:
"— We oppose the decision by the U.S. government to send U.S. troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.
"— We call on our fellow United Methodists to contact their elected officials and the U.S. Department of Defense to express their opposition to U.S. troop deployment at the U.S.-Mexico border.
"— We call on our fellow United Methodist to prayerfully and peacefully rally, march and protest in solidarity with our brother and sisters seeking asylum and refuge.
"— We call on our fellow United Methodists to bear witness by being present in immigration courts and visiting immigration detention centers.
"— We call on our fellow United Methodists to pray for all those affected and build communities who welcome migrants with compassion and grace.”
The General Board of Church and Society is the social justice, advocacy and peace-building arm of The United Methodist Church.
United Methodist News Service features story about Rose Schneeberger and Claremont UMC.
The Power of One
Posted on October 5, 2018
A lesson in directing righteous anger into productive action
As reports of migrant children being forcibly separated from their parents dominated the news, the pulpit, and every conversation this past summer, Rose Schneeberger of Covina, California, grappled with her feelings of sorrow, bewilderment and anger.
“It was malicious. It was cruel,” Rose says, shaking her head. “I would never have imagined seeing something like this in America.”
Rose arrived in the U.S. in 1969 from Barranquilla, Colombia. She married an American, became a U.S. citizen, and was a proud and active member of her community. But Rose had a younger sister, an attorney in Colombia, at a time when the powerful drug cartels began targeting judges and attorneys for assassination. This sister sought asylum in the U.S. in 2005.
“My sister was lucky that she had family here, people who were able to help her financially and support her,” Rose says. “But now we are putting people in jail just for asking for asylum. They are not criminals. They are scared for their lives and the lives of their children.”
“I’m an immigrant myself,” says Rose Schneeberger. “This issue is close to my heart.” One day, as Rose sat in church, listening to the preaching, she suddenly decided she had heard enough. “Being angry was not helping anybody,” she says. “I had to do something.”
Although Rose has been a member of the United Methodist Church for 42 years, she did not know about the JFON network of immigration legal service providers—not until she began looking for the best way to help separated families at the border.
“Once I saw the cross and flame, I knew JFON was okay,” she says. “A project of UMCOR? Say no more.”
Rose called us this week to tell us she has raised $10,000 from her own congregation at Claremont United Methodist Church. She raised another $2,500 from her local Kiwanis club. And she’s reaching out to other congregations, other community organizations, and to anyone she can find. Rose is on a mission, an indefatigable force for good, and she’s not taking “no” for an answer.
I’m just getting started,” she says, smiling.
As of Monday, September 24, there are still 403 migrant children who remain separated from their parents.
Sixteenth Immigration Clinic — Saturday 17 November 2018
"#GiveUMC" — Tuesday, November 27
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, it kicks off the charitable giving season.
This year, consider a gift to Safe Communities Project (SACOP), United Methodist Advance Project no. 3021538. SACOP is directed by CST alum, and former member of Claremont UMC, Mazvita Machinga, PhD.
Your gift to this project supports children, youth, and young people living with HIV, albinism, and hydrocephalus in Mutare, Zimbabwe.
Visit [www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/ Search-for-Projects/Projects/3021538](www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/ Search-for-Projects/Projects/3021538) to give online, or you can write a check to Claremont UMC with “SACOP” in the memo line.
Thank you for your support. The congregation recently forwarded over $10,000.00 to NJFON for work with immigrants in detention.
Check out the work of National Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) in the midst of our current border crisis. UMCOR — United Methodist Committee on Relief is NJFON's primary partner. As an agency of The United Methodist Church, JFON works closely wth UMW — United Methodist Women , the Board of Church and Society aka "umcjustice" , and General Board of Global Ministires aka "umcmission" and with all units of the church.
An article about Virginia Raymond, legal director for Austin JFON, and what may be the first family reunification since the administration began separating migrant families at the border.
An article describing a Credible Fear Interview in which the government interviewer displays lack of awareness that chidren are being separated from their parents.
The following article from The Intercept describes the same case:
•An Abused Woman Came to the U.S. Seeking Asylum. The Government Took Her 5-year-old Son. This Is How She Got Him Back by Debbie Nathan for the Intercept.
•Separating Children and Parents at the Border — A heartfelt message from NJFON Executive Director Rob Rutland-Brown
United Methodist Church
Social Principles paragraphs relaeant to the current migration crisis:
The Social Community: Rights of Immigrants
2016 Book of Discipline, Social Principles ¶162.H
H) Rights of Immigrants
We recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God. We affirm the right of all persons to equal opportunities for employment, access to housing, health care, education, and freedom from social discrimination. We urge the Church and society to recognize the gifts, contributions, and struggles of those who are immigrants and to advocate for justice for all. We oppose immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children, and we call on local churches to be in ministry with immigrant families. Writing in Markdown format is a simple and fast way to add styled text to your web pages.
The Social Community: Rights of Women
2016 Book of Discipline, Social Principles ¶162.F
F) Rights of Women
We affirm women and men to be equal in every aspect of their common life. We therefore urge that every effort be made to eliminate sex-role stereotypes in activity and portrayal of family life and in all aspects of voluntary and compensatory participation in the Church and society. We affirm the right of women to equal treatment in employment, responsibility, promotion, and compensation. We affirm the importance of women in decision-making positions at all levels of Church and society and urge such bodies to guarantee their presence through policies of employment and recruitment. We support affirmative action as one method of addressing the inequalities and discriminatory practices within our Church and society. We urge employers of persons in dual career families, both in the Church and society, to apply proper consideration of both parties when relocation is considered. We affirm the right of women to live free from violence and abuse and urge governments to enact policies that protect women against all forms of violence and discrimination in any sector of society.
The Social Community: Rights of Children
2016 Book of Discipline, Social Principles ¶162.C
C) Rights of Children
Once considered the property of their parents, children are now acknowledged to be full human beings in their own right, but beings to whom adults and society in general have special obligations. Thus, we support the development of school systems and innovative methods of education designed to assist every child toward complete fulfillment as an individual person of worth. All children have the right to quality education, including full sex education appropriate to their stage of development that utilizes the best educational techniques and insights. Christian parents and guardians and the Church have the responsibility to ensure that children receive sex education consistent with Christian morality, including faithfulness in marriage and abstinence in singleness. Moreover, children have the rights to food, shelter, clothing, health care, and emotional well-being as do adults, and these rights we affirm as theirs regardless of actions or inactions of their parents or guardians. In particular, children must be protected from economic, physical, emotional, and sexual exploitation and abuse.
The Social Community: Rights of Men
2016 Book of Discipline, Social Principles ¶162.G
G) Rights of Men
Because we affirm women and men to be equal in every aspect of their common life, we also affirm the rights of men. We affirm equal opportunities in employment, responsibility, and promotion. Men should not be ignored or lose opportunities or influence because they are men.
We recognize that men are also victims of domestic violence and abuse. We encourage communities to offer the same policies and protection as provided for women in similar situations. We affirm the right of men to live free from violence and abuse and urge governments to enact policies that protect men against all forms of violence and discrimination in any sector of society.
We recognize that men’s role in raising children is in equal importance to women’s and call for equal rights as women in opportunities for parental leave. When parents divorce, men often have less contact with their children. We call for equal access to child-custody, but emphasize that the best interest of the child always is the most important.
STATEMENT ON FAMILY SEPARATION
Thursday, June 7, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is joining other faith organizations in a statement urging the U.S. government to stop its policy of separating immigrant families.
Below is the full statement signed by dozens of faith organizations. Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, signed on behalf of the Council.
Recently, the U.S. Administration announced that it will begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. As religious leaders representing diverse faith perspectives, united in our concern for the well-being of vulnerable migrants who cross our borders fleeing from danger and threats to their lives, we are deeply disappointed and pained to hear this news.
We affirm the family as a foundational societal structure to support human community and understand the household as an estate blessed by God. The security of the family provides critical mental, physical and emotional support to the development and wellbeing of children. Our congregations and agencies serve many migrant families that have recently arrived in the United States. Leaving their communities is often the only option they have to provide safety for their children and protect them from harm. Tearing children away from parents who have made a dangerous journey to provide a safe and sufficient life for them is unnecessarily cruel and detrimental to the well-being of parents and children.
As we continue to serve and love our neighbor, we pray for the children and families that will suffer due to this policy and urge the Administration to stop their policy of separating families.
•His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian
Diocesan Legate and
Director of the Ecumenical Office
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America
•Mr. Azhar Azeez
Islamic Society of North America
•The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera
Bishop of Scranton, PA
Chair, Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs
•Senior Bishop George E. Battle, Jr.
Presiding Prelate, Piedmont Episcopal District
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
•Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
President, Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church
•The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Episcopal Church (United States)
•The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer
General Minister & President
United Church of Christ
•The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
•The Rev. David Guthrie
President, Provincial Elders’ Conference
Moravian Church Southern Province
•Mr. Glen Guyton
Mennonite Church USA
•The Rev. Teresa Hord Owens
General Minister and President
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
•Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Union for Reform Judaism
•Mr. Anwar Khan
Islamic Relief USA
•The Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller
President, Provincial Elders’ Conference
Moravian Church Northern Province
•The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II
Presbyterian Church (USA)
•Rabbi Jonah Pesner
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
•The Rev. Don Poest
Interim General Secretary
•The Rev. Eddy Alemán
Candidate for General Secretary
Reformed Church in America
•Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick III
Presiding Bishop, The 8th Episcopal District
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
•The Rev. Phil Tom
International Council of Community Churches
•Senior Bishop McKinley Young
Presiding Prelate, Third Episcopal District
African Methodist Episcopal Church
Successful Immigration Clinic — 16 June 2018 at the church
The next clinic is scheduled for Saturday, November 17, 2018
Thanks for your successful support of our Spring Missions Emphasis!
All programs were fully funded.
All programs were fully funded.
Click image below to connect to CORR/COSROW page!
Council of Bishops speaks out against President's Racism
January 12, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued a statement today on behalf of the Council concerning remarks reported to have been made by President Donald Trump regarding immigrants. The statement follows:
We are appalled by the offensive, disgusting words attributed to President Donald Trump who is said to have referred to immigrants from African countries and Haiti, and the countries themselves, in an insulting and derogative manner. According to various media accounts, President Trump made the remarks during a White House discussion with lawmakers on immigration.
As reported, President Trump’s words are not only offensive and harmful, they are racist.
We call upon all Christians, especially United Methodists, to condemn this characterization and further call for President Trump to apologize.
As United Methodists, we cherish our brothers and sisters from all parts of the world and we believe that God loves all creation regardless of where they live or where they come from. As leaders of our global United Methodist Church, we are sickened by such uncouth language from the leader of a nation that was founded by immigrants and serves as a beacon to the world’s “huddled masses longing to be free.”
Thousands of our clergy, laity and other highly skilled, productive citizens are from places President Trump has defamed with his comments. The fact that he also insists the United States should consider more immigrants from Europe and Asia demonstrates the racist character of his comments. This is a direct contradiction of God’s love for all people. Further, these comments on the eve of celebrating Martin Luther King Day belies Dr. King's witness and the United States’ ongoing battle against racism.
We just celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ, whose parents during his infancy, had to flee to Africa to escape from the wrath of King Herod. Millions of immigrants across the globe are running away from such despicable and life-threatening events. Hence, we have the Christian duty to be supportive of them as they flee political, cultural and social dangers in their native homes.
We will not stand by and allow our brothers and sisters to be maligned in such a crude manner. We call on all United Methodists, all people of faith, and the political leadership of the United States to speak up and speak against such demeaning and racist comments.
Christ reminds us that it is by love that they will know that we are Christians. Let’s demonstrate that love for all of God’s people by saying no to racism; no to discrimination and no to bigotry.
Bishop Bruce R. Ough
Council of Bishops
The United Methoidst Church
Jim Wallus of Sojourners challenges us as Americans and world citizens to turn our attention to addressing issues of racism and poverty as a sign of our unity.
"Bread for the World" offers devtional
The U.S. political advocacy group for the hungry, Bread for the World, offers the following devotional guide for the year as a free download. Clickl on the title to download "In Times Like These ... A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement" by The Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith, Senior Associate for Pan-African and Orthodox Church Engagement, Bread for the World, directly from the program's website.
The Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan Scholarship
Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan has been called “an empowerer of people; a tireless human-rights advocate; and a doer of the Word.” For decades, he led local churches, global initiatives, and various general boards of the United Methodist Church. After serving as resident bishop of the Iowa Area for eight years, Bishop Jordan retired from active episcopal assignment, and joined Claremont School of Theology as Bishop-in-Residence until May 2016. With his blessing, CST is establishing the Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan Scholarship. Bishop Jordan has been a leader among leaders, yet remained grounded in his deep passion for lifting up others. For 15 years at CST, he empowered future pastors and through them he will continue to shape our future churches. With your generous contribution, the Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan Scholarship will be awarded yearly to an African American student who intends to go into pastoral ministry. The minimum amount needed to endow the scholarship is $50,000; our goal is $150,000.
Please prayerfully consider joining his family, colleagues, churches, and friends in honoring Bishop Jordan and empowering future generations of students who will continue his legacy of bold pastoral ministry. Contact Sharalyn Hamilton at email@example.com or (909) 447-2535 to make a gift to Bishop’s Scholarship or contribute online: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/bjordan
UMCOR stands ready to help those facing disaster.
•Use this link to provide relief for victims of wild fires and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
•This link is for international relief, e.g., damage from Mexico's earthquakes, the Carribean hurricanes or West African mudslides.
By identifying your church by zip code and name, your gift can be credited back to Claremont UMC and the California Pacific Annual Conference.
Check out the article UMCOR is there for the long haul after disasters!
UMCOR Update as of last Board meering
As hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and wild fires devastate people and communities around the globe, UMCOR responds through disaster response coordination efforts, assessment, training, and relief and recovery grants. Below are just a few of the grants approved by the UMCOR board.
• Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church $1,000,000
• Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church $500,000
• Methodist Church of Puerto Rico $100,000
• Rio Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church $816,418
• Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church $1,000,000
* Further information about UMCOR Board decisions
UMCOR is also working with Bishop Hector Ortiz, episcopal leader of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico and Global Ministries board member, to assess the relief and recovery work needed. Learn more here
ICUJP invites you to watch a video about Peace Kids: A Youth Leadership and Peace Education Camp in South LA. (Click on image below.)
The ICUJP Peace Kids Internship has been created for students from South Los Angeles between the ages of 15 and 18 to give them an opportunity to learn and grow their community organizing skills while being directly mentored by ICUJP members. Youth interns also receive a small stipend, some scholarship funds, work experience, and recommendations for college and careers.
Partnered with landmark institutions such as the Peace Kids/Peace Camp/Youth Leadership, the ICUJP Peace Kids program strives to uplift students while providing comprehensive education from a peacemaking perspective: a global peace education with an emphasis on developing the next generation of community change agents.
It is related to the United University Church in LA, a joint United Methodist / Presbyterian congregaiton. Thr congtregation is both a "More Ligiht" Presyberian church and a United Methodist Reonciling Congregagion.
Contact Jim Dwyer 347-213-5029 for further information.
The Church Council recently voted to support internships at the Peace Center. Churh and Society and Missions Commission will be working on a presentation to the ongregatoin for funding.
You can view provisions of new state law SB54, the" California Values Act", to protect undocumented immigrants (and others mistakenly identified as such) from certain police and ICE procedures. The law was signed by the governor on October 5, 2017.
Information on The United Methodist Church's views on contraception
• An article from UM Communications at the time of the Obama administration's insurance mandate: "Religious liberty, the church and the pill"
• From the Social Principles — The Nurturing Community — a sentence from the discussion of abortion: "The Church shall encourage ministries to reduce unintended pregnancies such as comprehensive, age-appropriate sexuality education, advocacy in regard to contraception, and support of initiatives that enhance the quality of life for all women and girls around the globe."
Keep up with California IMPACT and Calfornia Council of Churches emails ON THIS PAGE!
SOJOURNERS appeals to us: "Tell Congress: Save DACA and support the DREAM Act" and offers this opportunity to register our concern thorugh their weblink.
"We decry the maddening uncertainty that the DACA rescission revives for vulnerable immigrant youth." The webpage offers a call to specific actions each United Methodist Woman —and man! — and take.
Among a long list of faith leaders, these two Uinited Methodist voices:
•The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, The General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church:
“God calls us to welcome the migrant. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a critical first step to fixing our broken immigration system and loving the sojourner. The recent halt to this policy, and any efforts to rescind these protections, are not only unconscionable but contrary to moral work and witness. Any reforms to the U.S. immigration system must affirm the worth, dignity, and inherent value and rights of migrants. The United Methodist Church stands with DACA recipients, their families, and the entire immigrant community, and we will continue to work for just and compassionate immigration policies that acknowledge the dignity of all people.”
•The Rev. John L. McCullough, United Methodist Clergy and President and CEO of Church World Service:
“It is deeply disappointing and hurtful to see that our President has decided to turn his back on hardworking and deserving immigrant youth and members of our congregations. Communities of faith believe in our call to welcome our immigrant brothers and sisters. By rescinding DACA, President Trump has done the exact opposite. CWS calls on the faith community to condemn this shameful and unacceptable position and work side-by-side with DREAMers to realize the welcome God commands us to fulfill.”
The American Friends Service Committee
challenges us to offer "Sanctuary Everywhere"
Reconciling Minstries Network publishes conference-by-conference report on gender-related issues and RMN presence at all U.S. annual conferences.
We are encouraged to see a group from all five U.S. jurisdictions describing iself as "the Methodist middle" calling for a church which allows room for people to hold divergent points of view on vital issues whiie still unting to bear witness to a traditonal Methodist stance of inclusion and service in he world. You can find their call in this article from United Methodist News Service:
U.S. Independence Day
Reconciling Ministries' Presence at Calremont 4th of July Parade
Reflections on the 4th of July in the light of the U.S President's recent reference to Frederick Douglass.
"Blow-by-Blow" from the 2017 Session of the California-Pacific Annual Conference.
You can read the minutes of each of the four days of the Annual Conference Session (or download them) by clikcking the links below to the "U.M.Daily." If you would prefer to downlaod (or read) a single file, a compilation is also available with the same content.
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Videos of Conference Worship, including the ordination of Martha and Robin, are or will soon be available at the conference website.
New from "Religion and Race": Religion and Race Announces 2017 CORR Action Fund Grant
United Methodist Women acknowledge guns factor into domestic violence
Our Mission Statement
- We nurture one another on our spiritual journeys.
- We work for peace and justice.
- We serve others and God’s creation.
—Adopted by CUMC Church Council, 2009
We are part of the CalPac Conference
We are a Sanctuary Congregation
Since we are called by God to seek justice for all people and to provide food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, hospitality for the sojourner, and aid for those in great need;
Since large numbers of persons from war-torn lands are now seeking refuge in our country from persecution, imprisonment, or death;
Since the right[s] of such refugees are recognized by the highest ideals of this nation as expressed in the 1968 ratification by the United States Senate of the United Nations protocol relating to refugees, and again in our Refugee Act of 1980;
Since the 1984 General Conference of the United Methodist Church stated, "We will...be supportive of and encourage churches in the United States that provide sanctuary;"
And since, in speaking of Christians engaged in the sanctuary movement, our own bishop, Jack M. Tuell, said. "We believe these brothers and sisters are acting out of Christian love and compassion. They are doing this service in non-violent and open ways, and we fully support them;"
Therefore, we stand with churches throughout the country in publicly declaring that it is the policy of the Claremont United Methodist Church to provide sanctuary, insofar as we are able, to refugees who are recommended to us by denominational or ecumenical agencies, and who are fleeing from persecution or violence in Central America and elsewhere. We define sanctuary for such refugees as providing shelter, sustenance, and assistance in other personal and family problems they may face in relationship to their new environment and the regulations of our government This we consider an obligation laid upon us by the Christian faith we profess.
We uphold the right of individuals within the church to follow their consciences in either going beyond or dissenting from the stand here taken by the church as a whole. We hold all such individuals in love and respect and we rejoice in the deeper ties that unite us in Christian devotion.
(Resolution passed by the membership of the Claremont United Methodist Church on April 21, 1985.)
We are a Reconciling Congregation
We Affirm God’s Covenant with the Jewish People
Furthermore, we state that anti-Judaism in ail forms should be universally condemned. We ask forgiveness for past sins and persecutions against the Jewish people. We pray that old barriers to communication and understanding will be removed and that the relationships of this church with the congregation of the local Jewish community will be enhanced.
Approved by the Administrative Board, 1/19/1993.
As part of the United Methodist Church we Respect Islam and Oppose Discrimination against Muslims.
- To oppose demagoguery, manipulation, and image making that seeks to label Arabs and Muslims in a negative way;
- To counter stereotypical and bigoted statements made against Muslims and Islam, Arabs and Arabic culture;
- To increase knowledge of neighbor by study and personal contact that yield a greater appreciation of the Muslim and Arabic contributions to society;
- To act decisively to include Arabs and Muslims in interfaith and community organizations;
- To pray for the perfection of community among us and to participate fully in the process of bringing it into being; and
- To publicly denounce through statements from the Council of Bishops and the General Board of Church and Society current practices that discriminate against this community.”