Episcopal Migration Ministries launches fundraising campaign

Stand To Support Refugees

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Episcopal Migration Ministries, the refugee resettlement agency of the Episcopal Church, invites participation in supporting its life-saving work through Stand To Support Refugees, a fundraising campaign to maintain a strong, viable ministry network to welcome those fleeing war, violence and persecution. Donations to Stand To Support Refugees will help strengthen important ministry to some of the most vulnerable throughout the world.

On March 6, President Donald Trump signed a revised executive order with elements that include: suspending refugee resettlement for 120 days; cutting the previously determined number of refugees to be resettled in the United States for the current year from 110,000 to 50,000; and prohibiting entry for most nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days.

“The executive order will disrupt the promise of hope and safety for the most vulnerable children, women and men,” noted the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, director of Episcopal Migration Ministries. “Episcopal Migration Ministries is committed to embracing the command of Jesus, and his definition of neighbor. We recognize that there is little to fear from those who have themselves fled violence for fear of their lives. We respect and value the dignity of every human being. Our interest is only in being ‘neighbor’ to those who need to know peace and comfort.”

Like other agencies that resettle refugees and assist them with housing, job training and other services, Episcopal Migration Ministries receives the bulk of its funding from federal grants. Stevenson explained, as a result of the executive order, funding is being dramatically reduced for the remainder of 2017, potentially resulting in significant negative impact to core ministries offered by Episcopal Migration Ministries.

“The Stand To Support Refugees campaign will fund ministries and will lay the groundwork for a strong future,” Stevenson said.  “At a time when the world is facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II, the United States can and should welcome more refugees, not less. Stand with Episcopal Migration Ministries and support our work as we care for and welcome our newest neighbors and advocate for refugees at home and abroad.”

Click here for more information and here to make a donation. 

“By making a donation to Episcopal Migration Ministries, we can continue to care for and welcome our newest neighbors,” Stevenson said. “Reach out to refugee or immigrant groups in your community and tell them that you are happy that they are here, that you are available to help – or simply that you are willing to be a friend. Pray for the victims of fear, jealousy and self-interest. And, pray for those who do this work.”

Episcopal Migration Ministries is a ministry of the Episcopal Church and is one of nine national agencies responsible for resettling refugees in the United States in partnership with the U.S. government. Episcopal Migration Ministries currently has 31 affiliate offices in 23 states.

Comments

  1. James Graham says:

    This is all wonderful, but when is our church going to think about the human need among its own congregations? People out of work, retired but struggling or hungry on so called Social Security benefits that won’t pay for much of anything, or the many people surviving AIDS, but who had their careers derailed and can’t find remunerative work? Why is it that none of our clergy or other well-intentioned folks ever give us any attention? It is a terrible error to think that so-called Social Service agencies are handling it. Next time you start collecting canned goods for outsiders, remember Mrs. “X”, sitting next to you on Sunday, who may be eating cat food on crackers. If anyone wonders why our Evangelical brethren have far greater numbers on church rolls, you will see that they take care of their own who are in need, as well as reach out to others.

  2. Bill Louis says:

    The EMM is panicking because the Administrations Executive order has effectively slowed the Federal subsidies to the EMM down to a trickle. The Episcopal Executive council just granted the EMM $500,000 to supplement the shortfall. When have we heard about the Episcopal church fundraising for homeless veterans, wounded warriors or any other domestic need. I know someone will reply with “there are many other programs” to support these ministries. If so then why are they still in need?

  3. John Miller says:

    This is just one of many programs of help and hope that the Church sponsors. Episcopal Relief & Development has a wide variety of programs…including those in the US. Every diocese that I know, has an outreach program Frankly, I feel that veterans should have adequate accommodations from the federal government that sends them into harm’s way.

  4. Max Niedzwiecki says:

    Thank you, EMM, for the work that you do to help refugees! In response to some of the other comments here, I don’t think this is an either/or issue. Some are called to aid refugees. Others are called to teach Sunday school, work in food pantries, help veterans, and do so many other important things. Many are called to more than one ministry, and the Episcopal Church is a home for all of that.

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