Offering sanctuary, churches put words into practice

Jul 29, 2019 by and

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As delegates passed a “Churchwide Statement on the Abuse of Child Migrants” at the Mennonite Church USA convention July 6 (page 11), congregations and organizations shared ways they...

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Germantown becomes sanctuary

Dec 28, 2018 by and

Another congregation has joined the ranks of Mennonite churches publicly giving sanctuary to individuals facing U.S. deportation orders. Germantown Mennonite Church in Philadelphia welcomed Carmela Apolonio...

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Washington Witness: Today’s scapegoats

Oct 22, 2018 by

We have a long history in the United States of blaming immigrants — whether German, Irish, Catholic, Chinese or, more recently, Hispanic and Muslim — for society’s ills. Immigrants are called criminal...

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MCC tries to keep family from being torn apart

Oct 8, 2017 by and

Mennonite Central Committee is supporting a mother and father who face deportation after U.S. Border Patrol agents initiated removal proceedings at a Texas hospital where the couple sought emergency care for...

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Ohio church offers sanctuary

Oct 5, 2017 by and

Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church opened its doors the morning of Oct. 2 to a 39-year-old mother of three children from Mexico, offering sanctuary to her after it became clear federal officials would seek to...

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Kennel-Shank: Places of sanctuary

Jan 2, 2017 by

Sharing my faith story with the church small group I’m part of, I described myself as a broken-hearted person. One person responded that she’d usually heard people describe themselves as tender-hearted...

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Felons or families?

Jul 4, 2016 by

Political rhetoric around immigration sometimes creates categories of good and bad immigrants — those who should be welcomed into the United States and those who should be kept out. President Obama embraced...

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Deported pastor’s supporters press for his return

Apr 11, 2016 by

Advocates for deported Iowa Pastor Max Villatoro were hopeful after meeting with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., March 20-21, the one-year anniversary of his deportation. When he was deported on March 20, 2015,...

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MCC aids deportees in Haiti

Nov 2, 2015 by

As thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent face deportation from the Dominican Republic, Mennonite Central Committee is offering humanitarian aid and calling on people to pray and advocate on...

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Friends rally for deported pastor, immigration reform

Aug 3, 2015 by

IOWA CITY, Iowa — An advocacy group to support a Mennonite pastor deported in March has been formed. “Friends of Pastor Max” supports Max Villatoro, co-pastor with his wife of Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower)...

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Deported Iowa pastor holds on to hope

Jun 29, 2015 by and

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Father’s Day was set to be difficult for the Villatoro family. Father and children, husband and wife were separated by thousands of miles and a 10-year ban on re-entry to the United...

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Iowa pastor detained, faces deportation to Honduras

Mar 11, 2015 by and

Mennonite Church USA officials are requesting support for the Honduran pastor of a Mennonite church in Iowa City facing deportation after being arrested by immigration agents March 3. Max Villatoro, pastor of...

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Israel deports MCC worker

Jun 23, 2014 by and

Mennonite Central Committee service worker Rachelle Friesen of Swift Current, Sask., was deported from Israel in late May and is banned from entering the country for a decade. She was returning from a regional...

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Don’t deport my dad

Jun 9, 2014 by

“Don’t deport my dad.” That is the slogan many immigrant rights groups will be using on Father’s Day this year. It follows the “Don’t deport my mom” slogans used in May. But, some say, we live in...

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MCC helps immigrants regain freedom, fight deportation

Mar 3, 2014 by and

MIAMI — A day of construction work complete, Rene Ticas was driving his crew home on Palmetto Highway when the ladder on the van roof blew off and spun around on the highway, grazing another car. Ticas...

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