Matthew 25 Movement Pledge:
“I pledge to stand with and defend the vulnerable in the name of Jesus.”
What is the Matthew 25 Movement Pledge?
A gathering in November 2016 of Christian organizers from around the nation came up with this pledge as a way to connect and support Christians seeking to respond to the plight of immigrants and other vulnerable people at this historic moment.
The message of Matthew 25 is rising up at the grassroots level and among faith leaders — within faith communities, congregations, denominations, seminaries, and faith-based organizations. It's the Gospel text where Jesus says: How you treat the most vulnerable is how you treat me.
The Matthew 25 Movement is a broad coalition of national faith-based groups, local churches, clergy associations, grassroots activists, heads of denominations, seminaries, Christian colleges, and more.
We are focusing on these three groups of people who are especially at risk right now: undocumented immigrants threatened with mass deportation, as well as refugees who are being banned despite rigorous vetting; African Americans and other people of color threatened by racial policing; and Muslims, threatened with banning, monitoring, and even registration.
We are also providing support and safe spaces for Christian activists who need spiritual support.
how to participate
We are asking churches, ministries, organizations and institutions who join the movement to:
Pray for people who will be vulnerable to being harmed if the new federal administration carries out all of its promises and threats.
- Provide opportunities for education and dialogue about the potential harm to vulnerable people.
- Place the pledge on your websites to offer your community a chance to pledge as an act of conscience and public witness. You keep their signatures in your own database.
- Offer resources and opportunities for effective methods for protection and advocacy.
- Collect, film, and publicize stories of vulnerable people hurt by these policies (protecting their identities, of course, per their desires).
- Let us know what you are doing to promote the pledge, to protect and to advocate
steering committee (more bios to come...)
Alexia Salvatierra is a Lutheran pastor who has worked on issues of social justice and immigration policy for over 30 years. She leads the Welcoming Congregations/Guardian Angels Network for the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. From 2000 to 2011 she worked for the California office of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice. CLUE was part of the New Sanctuary Movement, in which congregations around the country accompanied immigrant workers and their families facing deportation.
Robert & Erica Romero
Robert is an Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. in Latin American history from UCLA and J.D. (law degree) from U.C. Berkeley. He’s also an attorney. His book, The Chinese in Mexico, 1882-1940, received the Latin@ Studies Section Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association, and was recognized in Critical Mass: The Blog of the National Book Critics Circle Board of Directors, as one of the top ten small press books published in the United States in 2010. You can read more about The Chinese in Mexico here: http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/Books/bid2249.htm
As pastor, Robert co-directs the ministry of Jesus for Revolutionaries together with his revolutionary wife Erica Shepler Romero. J4R is a grass-roots organization (with a small budget, but a big heart) which trains and mobilizes students and christian activists in issues of race and social justice from a Christian perspective. J4R has been working in christian activism since 2006.
You can stay in touch with Robert on Twitter: @ProfeChaoRomero
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JesusForRevolutionaries
Or, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What We've Achieved
- Mobilized over 200 churches and Christian organizations in Los Angeles county for Immigration intervention and advocacy
- Hosted trainings and education summits for emerging Christian activists in Los Angeles
- Recruited multiple immigration lawyers and activists for deportee support
- Organized community outreach and support for DACA students in Los Angeles college campuses