Immigration Task Force

Who We Are

In 2019,  a committee of Christians at Brentwood United Methodist Church became concerned about the needs of immigrants and refugees in the U.S. This group came together with a desire to respond to the plight of migrants in order to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our mission is to develop a structure and process for BUMC members to promote compassionate care for immigrants.

Our Baptismal Vow

When we are baptized into Christian community, we promise to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves​. As the body of Christ, ​we are called to stand with those who are victims of such injustice and work for peace and reconciliation. This includes recognizing, embracing, and affirming all persons, regardless of their country of origin or immigration status. To read the full vow, click the button below.

Want to get more involved with the Immigration Task Force or have a list of more in-depth resources? Contact Stephanie Smith at ssmith@bumc.net.

Monthly Lunch + Learns

Occurs every fourth Wednesday of the month at noon

The United Methodist Church has Social Principles on Immigration and seeks to care for persons who migrate to the United States of America.

Join us for our monthly interactive and informative lunch and learn as we explore some of the intersections between our faith and immigration issues in our current world. We hear lived experience stories – perhaps from a perspective that differs from our own – as well as have opportunities for Q&A discussion. These Lunch + Learns are an hour of fellowship, learning and hope.

Get Connected

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Organizations and Churches that have Volunteer Opportunities

  • Conexion Americas - Their mission is to build a welcoming community and create opportunities where Latino families can belong, contribute and succeed.
  • Iglesia Metodista Ebenezer
  • Legacy Mission Village - Founded by refugees for refugees, Legacy's mission is to provide hope and healing to refugees in the Middle Tennessee area by empowering refugees with education and skills to achieve stability and thereby facilitating successful integration into American society.
  • Nashville International Center for Empowerment - Their mission is to ensure refugees and immigrants achieve their full potential now and for generations to come.
  • Siloam Health Clinic - Siloam Health’s mission is to share the love of Christ by serving those in need through health care.
  • Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition - A statewide, immigrant and refugee-led collaboration whose mission is to empower immigrants and refugees throughout Tennessee to develop a unified voice, defend their rights, and create an atmosphere in which they are recognized as positive contributors to the state.
  • Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors - provides compassionate immigration legal services to our neighbors seeking humanitarian relief.

Partner With Us

Interested in learning more about Immigration Task Force? Use the button below to connect with us.

Watch Past Lunch + Learns

Miss a conversation? You can go back and watch any past Lunch + Learn below.

Each video is categorized by the topic of conversation: Policy, Christian Perspective, and conversations with Local Partners.

 

Policy
Christian Perspective
Local Partners

Resources

 

Articles and Methodist Publications 

The General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church

Documentaries

Frontline Series on Immigration and Children

Netflix

Opinion Pieces

Movie Recommendations

Books

Podcasts

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in."

Matthew 25:35