United Methodist Church dismisses complaint from members against Jeff Sessions: report

Greg Nash

The United Methodist Church has reportedly dismissed a complaint from more than 600 members of the church against Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the Trump administration’s policy that separated migrant parents and their children at the border.

The Washington Times reported Wednesday that District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Debora Bishop wrote in a letter to members of the church that the complaint was dismissed because the church can only govern personal conduct of its members, not political conduct.

Sessions, who is a member of the church, was “carrying out the official policy of the President and/or the United States Department of Justice,” Bishop wrote, according to the Times.


Hundreds of members of the church, including clergy and church leadership, filed the original complaint in June. In the letter, they accused Sessions of child abuse, immorality, racial discrimination and “dissemination of doctrines contrary to the standards of the doctrine of the United Methodist Church.”

Sessions is a member of Ashland Place United Methodist Church, in Mobile, Ala., the letter notes.

The Trump administration sparked fierce bipartisan criticism for its “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting people who crossed the border illegally and, as a result, separating children from their parents while the parents faced prosecution.

Trump signed an executive order in June halting the separations, and the administration has since reunited more than 1,800 children and their parents. Hundreds of other children, however, remain separated from their parents in government shelters because their parents were deported, the government has said.

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