United Methodist Church Leaders Target Sessions On Border Policy

Posted at 4:11 PM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 16:11:40-04

(LEX 18) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions if facing a revolt from leaders of the United Methodist Church driven by his leadership and involvement in the divisive Trump administration policy to boost enforcement at the border with Mexico.

Nearly 650 leaders of the United Methodist Church have brought a formal complaint within the church against Sessions, who is a member of Ashland Place United Methodist Church in Mobile, Alabama, as well as a participant at Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington, Virginia.

Citing Sessions’ unique position and power along with "the severe and ongoing impact of several of his public, professional actions," the group says it is seeking "accountability." The group’s statement goes on to say Sessions’ "advocacy and actions … have led to harm against thousands of vulnerable humans."

The group is seeking to bring charges based on the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. They accuse Sessions of child abuse, immorality, racial discrimination and dissemination of doctrines contrary to church’s teachings.

The group urges reconciliation and the hope that Sessions will "step back from his harmful actions and work to repair the damage he is currently causing to immigrants, particularly children and families."

Read the full statement here: