Ministry in a Minute: United Methodists join rally to protest treatment of migrant families
Lay and clergy members of the Oklahoma Conference were present during a rally held outside US Senator James Lankford’s office on July 3. The rally was organized by Women in Action for All, a community group based in Norman. Rev. Jennifer Ahrens-Sims, associate pastor at Norman-St. Stephen’s, said several who attended has spent the previous week working in respite centers on the US/Mexico border. “Several UM clergy and laity spoke about the need for reform in the treatment of migrant families and children at the US/Mexico border,” Ahrens-Sims said. “We all got to enter the office and speak more candidly about how we would like to see Lankford lead us to reform.” The Oklahoma Conference first addressed family separation when Bishop Jimmy Nunn shared support for a Faith Leaders Statement issued by the Council of Bishops and leaders of other faith traditions. The statement can be found by searching “Faith Leaders Statement” on the Conference website at okumc.org or by clicking on this link. Photos by Jennifer-Ahrens Sims.