Baptist Call in Day for Dreamers:

Baptists across the U.S. are encouraged to call, email, or write their elected Senators and Representatives on March 1, 2018, in support of passing a “clean” DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act – one that only addresses the status of “Dreamers” (undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors) without contingencies or riders related to other proposed legislation – that will protect Dreamers from deportation and provide them a pathway to citizenship. Current protections for Dreamers are set to end on March 5, 2018, based on President Trump’s Sept. 5, 2017, announcement that the Obama-era executive order DACA program would end in six months.

Joint Statement for Dreamers:

U.S. Baptist leaders issued on February 26, 2018, the following statement:

Baptists have a deep-seated faith and conviction that compels us to advocate for the powerless and marginalized. Following the teachings of Jesus Christ, Baptists champion the human rights of all people as to where divine justice may be sought after and enacted on behalf of the ostracized. Baptists across the United States are calling upon members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to pass a clean DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act, in order for Dreamers to remain in the United States, protecting them from deportation and providing them a pathway to citizenship, before the deadline of March 5, 2018.

Sponsoring Signatories,

Jackie Baugh-Moore, Vice President, Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation

Elijah Brown, General Secretary, Baptist World Alliance

Pam Durso, Executive Director, Baptist Women in Ministry

Brian Ford, Executive Director, Churchnet

Steve Graham, Coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Oklahoma

Jeffrey Haggray, Executive Director, American Baptist Home Mission Societies

Larry Hovis, Executive Coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina

LeDayne McLeese Polaski, Executive Director/Directora Ejecutiva, Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America ~ Bautistas por la Paz

Hannah McMahan, Executive Director, New Baptist Covenant

Suzii Paynter, Executive Coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

R. Mitch Randall, Executive Director,

Jesse Rincones, Executive Director, Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas

Lee B. Spitzer, General Secretary, American Baptist Churches, USA

Samuel C. Tolbert Jr., President, National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc.

John V. Upton, Jr., Executive Director, Baptist General Association of Virginia

Additional Signatories:

Alyssa Aldape, Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC

Leea Allen, Park Avenue Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia

Robin Anderson, Pastor, Commonwealth Baptist Church

Amy Armstrong, Watts Street Baptist Church

Aaron Ashlock, Pastor, Oak Knoll Baptist Church

April Baker, Pastor, Glendale Baptist Church

Lindsay Bergstrom, Director of Operations and Communications, New Baptist Covenant

Elaine Bleakney

Phaedra Blocker, Director of Programs, New Baptist Covenant

John Mark Boes, Partnerships and Advocacy Specialist, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Lauren Brown

Ryan Busby, Pastor, Bosqueville Baptist Church

Terri Byrd, Coordinator, Alabama CBF

Anyra Cano, Youth Minister, Iglesia Bautista Victoria en Cristo

Shauw Chin Capps, Moderator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Daniel Carro, Professor of Divinity, The John Leland Center for Theological Studies

Mia Chang, Senior Pastor, NextGen Church

Preston Clegg, Pastor, Second Baptist – Little Rock

Richard Clore, Retired Pastor, Orange Baptist Church

Janet Cole, Administrative Assistant, Crescent Hill Baptist Church

Robert Coleman, Deacon, Wilshire Baptist Church

Elizabeth Congdon, Reverend, Old First Church, Middletown, New Jersey

Matt Cook, Senior Pastor, First Baptist, Wilmington

Dorisanne Cooper, Pastor, Watts Street Baptist Church

Ruth Copley, First Baptist Church Birmingham, Michigan

Roberta Cordell, Friendship Baptist

Ronda Credille, Member, First Baptist Church, Bolivar, Missouri

Leah Grundset Davis, Pastor, Ravensworth Baptist Church

Jennifer Davidson, Associate Professor of Theology and Worship, American Baptist Seminary of the West

Emily Davis

Tyler Davis, Teaching Assistant, Baylor University

Zach Dawes Jr., Managing Editor,

Paula Dempsey, Director of Partnership Relations, Alliance of Baptists

Charles Draper, Pastor, Beacon Hill Baptist Church

Aubrey Ducker, Esquire, Attorney, Sperling Ducker PLC

John Dunaway, Pastor, Mt Pleasant Baptist Church

Russell Edwards, Pastor, Greenwood Baptist Church, Hewitt, New Jersey

Jonathan Elsensohn, Reverend, First Baptist Church, Freehold, New Jersey

Teresa Ely, Pastor, First Baptist Church

Sharon Felton, Faith Baptist Church

Mark Ferrin, Reverend, Keene First Baptist Church

Corey Fields, Senior Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church

John Finley, Executive Director, Baptist History & Heritage Society

Clark Frailey, Lead Pastor, Coffee Creek Church

Irene Gallegos

Josue Gomez-Menendez, President Board of General Ministries, American Baptist Churches, USA

Alice Greene, Interim Minister, Covenant Baptist UCC

Julio Guarneri, Lead Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, McAllen, Texas

Rachel Gunter Shapard, Associate Coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida

David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University

Elizabeth Hagan, Pastor, Palisades Community Church

Mary Elizabeth Hanchey, North Carolina Council of Churches

Harriet Harral, Deacon, Broadway Baptist Church

Colin Harris, Member, Smoke Rise Baptist Church

H. William Hausler, First Baptist Churh, Madison, Wisconsin

J. Henry Hawkins, First Baptist Church of Greenwood

Daniel Headrick, Associate Pastor, Northside Drive Baptist Church

Neil Heath

Carrie Houston, Minister to Students, First Baptist Church, Austin, Texas

Lydia Hoyle, Associate Professor, Campbell University Divinity School

Erin Hutchison, Reverend

Charles Johnson, Founder and Co-Pastor, Bread

Charles Jones

Michael Joseph, Mission Co-worker to Colombia, Global Ministries

Brian Kaylor, Editor & President, Word & Way; Associate Director, Churchnet

Gerald Kersey

George Kimsey, Member, First Baptist Church, Indianapolis, Indiana

Stuart Lamkin, Pastor, Hickory Rock Baptist Church

Rick Lane

Jeff Langford, Executive Director, CBF Heartland

Michael Leathers, Copy Editor,

Bill Leonard, Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Church History, Wake Forest University

Jennifer Lessard, Minister and Seminarian, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Joe Lewis, Pastor, Second Baptist Church of Petersburg, Virginia

Susan Marshall, Administrative Support, Richmond’s First Baptist Church

Trisha Miller Manarin, Executive Coordinator, Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Mary Beth Mankin, Reverend

Michael-Ray Mathews, Director of Clergy Organizing, PICO National Network

Rebecca May, Pastor, Celebration Fellowship

Lauren McDuffie, Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church, Morehead, Kentucky

Craig McMahan, University Minister, Mercer University

Jennifer McMahan, FBC of Christ Macon, Georgia

Lester Meriwether, Executive Director, Literacy Connexus

Michael Mills, Pastor, Agape Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas

Bert Montgomery, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Starkville, Mississippi

Nancy Moore

Bob Mulkey, Pastor, New Covenant Baptist Church

Kristopher Norris, Calvary Baptist Church

Mae Dean Northam, First Baptist, Mooresville, North Carolina

Rubén Ortiz, Latino Field Coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Bryan Partridge, Student Minister, NorthHaven Church

Wendy Peacock, Pastor, Fellowship Baptist Church, Americus, Georgia

Brandon Pendry, Minister of Youth and Missions, First Baptist Church of Athens

Julie Pennington-Russell, Senior Minister, First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC

Marshall Peters, Executive Minister, Mid-American Baptist Churches

Bill R. Phillips, Nashville First Baptist

Brandon Pierson

Justin Pierson, Student, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

Lawrence Powers, Triangle Area Campus Minister, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina

Stephen Reeves, Associate Coordinator of Partnerships and Advocacy, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Randy Ridenour, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Oklahoma Baptist University

Sheri Ridenour, Executive Ministry Associate, NorthHaven Church

Susan Rogers, Pastor, The Well at Springfield

Kimberly Salico-Diehl, Transitional Pastor, American Baptist Church, Fort Collins, Colorado

Kelly Sasser, Watts Street Baptist Church

Karen Selig, Reverend, Royersford Baptist Church

Nancy Skidmore

Greg Smith, Director, Immigration Legal Services, LUCHA Ministries, Inc.

Jason Smith, Congregational Engagement Specialist, Alliance of Baptists

Susan Snellings

Gary Snowden, Missions Mobilization Team Leader, Churchnet

Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist, Richmond, Virginia

Stephen Stacks, Reverend, Greenwood Forest Baptist Church

Scott Stearman, Pastor, Metro Baptist Church of New York City

Sean Story, Green Hills Church

Justin Thornburgh, Reverend, Emerson Avenue Baptist Church

Bill Tillman, Coordinator, Center for Congregational Ethics

Pat Turner

Cliff Vaughn, Media Producer,

Mary Vaughn, First Baptist Church

David Vaught, Member, McGregor Baptist Church

Doug Weaver, Professor of Religion, Baylor University

Natalie Webb, Pastor, Covenant Baptist Church

Susan West/Colding

David Wheeler, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Portland, Oregon

Ashley Williams, First Baptist Church, Savannah

Quan Williams, Minister, Mosby Memorial Baptist Church

Baptist Resources on Dreamers:

DREAMer — Itzayana’s Story from Cooperative Baptist Fellowship on Vimeo.

DREAMer — Jemima’s Story from Cooperative Baptist Fellowship on Vimeo.

Additional Resources:

Alliance of Baptists: Sanctuary and Immigration Resources

American Baptist Home Mission Society: Immigration and Refugee Ministries

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship: Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Articles and Documentary

Evangelical Immigration Table: An Evangelical Coalition Seeking Immigration Reform A World Relief – National Immigration Forum Partnership

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