It’s time to stand and support refugees

[Episcopal Migration Ministries] On June 26, the Supreme Court released its decision on the “travel ban” Executive Order (EO). In short, it consolidated the two cases about the EO that were heard in the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts and agreed to hear oral arguments on the case in October. It also issued a stay on the injunction of both cases, which means that certain parts of the ban will now go into effect.

Even while we wait to learn the specifics about what this means for the families that we – along with our local affiliate partners, communities, churches, and volunteers – were planning to welcome, we must redouble our efforts to be voices of welcome and support for our refugee brothers and sisters, at home and abroad.

Here are three things you can do today to help:

  1. Stand To Support Refugees: Make a donation to our Stand to Support Refugees campaign, and plan to host a Stand to Support Refugees Sunday at your church. Materials, including prayers and worship resources, are here.
  2. Love God, Love Neighbor: Plan to join us for a future Love God, Love Neighbor experience, where we train Episcopalians to be advocates, allies, and ambassadors for the work of refugee resettlement and welcome. Sign up today to be the first to receive announcements about training dates and locations.
  3. Support your nearest local affiliate: Reach out to your nearest Episcopal Migration Ministries affiliate, or the affiliate of another national resettlement agency, to learn how you can help. Need help locating an office? Contact Allison Duvall, EMM Manager for Church Relations & Engagement.
We thank you for being partners, friends, and advocates in this ministry of refugee resettlement. Thank you for standing with Episcopal Migration Ministries and with refugees.


  1. Pjcabbiness says:

    I as an Episcopalian am pleased that the Supreme Court has voted to uphold our President’s travel ban in part and I look forward to the possibility of thoughtful immigration reform in the future and I am further encouraged to finally see the rigorous enforcement of our current immigration laws.

  2. David Horwath says:

    Did the Episcopal Church Leadership ever stop and think that maybe it is about time to extend an outreach to the “Irredeemable Deplorables” in your congregation whom you are driving out? Not everybody is thrilled by the cultural war and the thought police.

    • There are no “deplorables” in God’s kingdom, only deplorable actions. We can disagree with grace, but that does not mean we compromise the gospel and stop preaching the Good News. Jesus ticked off a lot of the economic elites by taking strong, uncompromising positions about the “dignity of every human being,” at it got him killed. Evil is when we are willing to go to any length to defend the lies that hold us hostage.

      • Patricia C Yeiser says:

        Christ had a difference of opinion with the Roman Empire – that is what led to his death. Read your history and please keep the touchp-feely lefty politics out of the Church.

  3. The Reverend Canon Susan Russell says:

    Grateful for your decades of work and witness on behalf of refugees and immigrants and for this strong, principled stand against this discriminatory effort to target immigrants based on religion.

    As we strive to become “a more perfect Union” it is no accident one of the lessons appointed for Independence Day is this reminder that we are all immigrants.

    Deuteronomy 10:17-21

    The Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You shall fear the Lord your God; him alone you shall worship; to him you shall hold fast, and by his name you shall swear. He is your praise; he is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things that your own eyes have seen.

    • Patricia C Yeiser says:

      We are not all immigrants. If you were born here of legal American parents, you are not an immigrant. It would be difficult today to find a country that isn’t full of immigrants: the trick is to enforce legal immigration and bar the illegals from our borders. You had noticed that the world is a dangerous place and the first role of the American government is to keep its citizens safe?

  4. The Venerable Canon Joanne Leslie says:

    Here in Los Angeles where I live, every day I experience the work ethic, the family values and the mind expanding cultural diversity that immigrants and refugees (documented and undocumented) bring to our neighborhoods, places of business and places of worship. As Jesus tells us over and over, we have nothing to fear. The travel ban was not based on credible fear but ill informed prejudice. Our strength and our humanity calls us to welcome the stranger.

  5. Cynthia Case says:

    I am also grateful for the work that our denomination has done to support
    immigrants and refugees. Our welcome is–and should continue to be–for
    all, regardless of immigration status.

  6. Rev. Dr. Greg Kimura says:

    Thankful and appreciative that the church is acting like the church, following the ethos of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. As an American and Episcopalian whose citizen family was locked up in “internment camps” because of prejudice and hysteria, we have to fight similar discriminatory policies today.

  7. Penelope Bridges says:

    Thanks be to God for faithful servants who are so dedicated to the struggle to uphold the dignity of all human beings, to welcome the stranger, and to break down the barriers that divide humankind. This ban breaks my heart and must make God weep.

  8. Pjcabbiness says:

    Reverend Russell. I am thankful that Charles Martel did not share your interpretation and application of Deuteronomy. Had he done so, there would be no Western Christian Church to be a Reverend in.

    • Extremely simplistic. That is a very limited view of both Martel and European history. But God only knows the what ifs and wherefores. We humans love to imagine that we have all the power to discern the truth, when what we most often wish to do is protect our gods.

  9. Refugees have blessed my family in ways nobody else could. In 1990 our church sponsored a Somali man and his young bride. They stayed in our house for 6 months while the church found them an apartment and job. Turns out they were Christians and he had been in prison for his faith in Ethiopia! Our family learned that when we welcome the stranger, we welcome God into our home. That Somali/Ethiopian couple have prayed for my kids, counseled them, loved them. To this day! Last Sunday, June 25, I attended the Eid celebration at the Pasadena Convention Center. As we were greeting one another at the end, one woman came up to me and hugged me. She thanked me for being there that morning. Turns out she is a Syrian refugee who arrived 6 months ago! She blessed me that morning! She was God to me. I really understand now the Scriptural mandate to welcome the stranger. It is for our own good. We are blessed beyond measure. I am so grateful that our church has recognized this! Thank you, Susan Russell, and all in our diocese!

  10. Kathryn Wright says:

    Rev Russell brings to mind a loving God and the actions of Jesus Christ to bestow love toward all, without prejudice. I am proud to attend her church where we are all hoping that love will prevail in this created climate of hate and fear. I am sorry that there are those who are offended by the lessons of love, but for most of the rest of us, these lessons give us hope and strength in this time of hate and division. I am happy to have found this inspiring church and it’s outstanding clergy.

  11. William Deitenbeck says:

    Those who try to repurpose the Episcopal Church into a leftist, globalist political advocacy organization are flying in the face of the balanced tradition of Anglicanism. They are joining forces with the Islamists and anarchists in the hope of destroying the Judeo-Christian tradition that built and empowered Christendom.

    • Patricia C Yeiser says:

      Thank you. Common sense seems to have deserted the two top denominations that sprang from the Roman Church. I once revered the Episcopal Church because it concentrated on faith and morals. Politics of the lefty variety seem to have replaced both in many parishes. And to have a Bishop Dee Dee (heaven help us) is really too silly. Cranmer would be whirling….

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