United Church of Rogers Park

1545 W. Morse Avenue

Chicago, IL 60626

773.761.2500


Sunday Worship Services at

 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.


6 p.m. Service of

           Song, Scripture & Prayer

God, as known to us in Jesus Christ, welcomes all.
We welcome people of any race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, social or economic status, employment status, or life situation; including people with physical or mental illness or disability. 
We practice loving acceptance of each person and respectful discussion of our differences.
What We Believe

God, as known to us in Jesus Christ, welcomes all.
We welcome people of any race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation,
age, social or economic status, employment status, or life situation;
including people with physical or mental illness or disability.
We practice loving acceptance of each person and respectful discussion of our differences.

Vision/Mission/Purpose


Vision:  As followers of Jesus, living in a multicultural community, we seek to love kindness, seek justice, and to walk humbly with God. – Micah 6:8


Mission: As Christians, we are called to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


Purpose: United Church of Rogers Park seeks, by thinking globally and acting locally, to make known God’s love for persons of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, physical and mental abilities and economic classes.


A Pastoral Letter to the Northern Illinois Annual Conference

A Response to Executive Orders on Immigration


From: Bishop Sally Dyck, Resident Bishop of Northern Illinois Conference


Who is Our Neighbor?


What does the Bible say?

“Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one of your citizens. You must love them as yourself, because you were immigrants in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.” (Lev. 19:34, CEB)


What does the United Methodist Church say?

“We recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God. . .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.” (Social Principles, par. l62H)


What does our country say?

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! --Emma Lazarus’ poem on the Statue of Liberty.


What does the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church say?

“The very soul of our country is at stake. When we abandon strangers who are at risk of bigotry, Xenophobia, and violence, we not only destroy their hope, we destroy our own souls... Christ calls us to tear down the walls around our souls that we might live fully and abundantly."

-- Bishop Bruce Ough, President of the Council of Bishops ® The United Methodist Church


But What do you say?

While I stand firmly within the traditions and values listed above on welcoming the immigrant, I understand that some United Methodists disagree with those principles and resolutions. Nevertheless, I call all of us to Action:

Study what the scriptures say about welcoming the immigrant. I recommend that you do

so with the Common English Bible which translates words like “alien” or “foreigner” as

“immigrant.”

www.relevantmagazine.com/god/what-bible-says-about-how-treatrefugees

Study the United Methodist Book of Resolutions on immigration. (see below)

Have a conversation with someone who disagrees with your opinion by telling the story of

how your family came to the US (unless of course, you are Native American and/or African-

American—these are other painful stories that reveal what happens when we don’t regard

our neighbor as ourselves).

♦ Attend the Northern Illinois Annual Conference’s Summit on “Who Is My Neighbor?”

hosted by our Hispanic/Latinx leadership on April 22, 2017 at Schaumburg: Our Saviour’s

UMC. More details to come. It will be an opportunity to learn more about immigration

policies as well as our biblical and UM traditions, how to be supportive of immigrants (of all

nationalities), what it means to be a sanctuary church, how Justice for Our Neighbors is

helping, etc. Most of all, I hope it will be a time when we truly build relationships across our

cultural divide.

♦ Pray! Pray! Pray! Pray for our President, our country, and the communities of immigrants

who are uncertain and afraid.

♦ Support Justice for Our Neighbors with a monetary gift. Our two lawyers, Jenny Ansay and

Megan Davis, are working diligently to provide free legal advice to people in critical

situations. I am providing a list of resources that you can access online to begin studying and

talking with one another.


As you do, I trust that the prayers of our people will begin to rise on behalf of our neighbors.


Keep the faith!


Bishop Sally Dyck



CHICAGO AREA EPISCOPAL OFFICE

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Suite l82O

Chicago, Illinois 60602

Office: (312) 346-9766 ext: 702

Fax: (312) 214-9031

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