Faith-based refugee assistance, resettlement work focus of UN panel

[Episcopal News Service] The American spirit of volunteerism, particularly it’s interfaith nature, is something that impressed Abdul Saboor when he first came to the United States as a refugee from Afghanistan, where he worked with the U.S. military in its operations there. “The community is willing to help people in need,” he said during a […]

Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries responds to judges’ actions to block Trump’s travel ban

[Episcopal Migration Ministries] The Rev. E. Mark Stevenson, director of Episcopal Migration Ministries, issued the following statement in response to two federal judges’ actions to block President Donald Trump’s travel ban limiting entry to people from six Muslim countries:  On behalf of Episcopal Migration Ministries, I give thanks that the courts have once again acted in defense […]

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 […]

Webinar on welcoming refugees slated for March 8

'Love in Action: Episcopal Churches Welcome Refugees'

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Episcopal Migration Ministries is hosting a one-hour free webinar, Love in Action: Episcopal Churches Welcome Refugees, on Wednesday, March 8 at 4 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. Central/2 p.m. Mountain/1 p.m. Pacific/noon Alaska/11 a.m. Hawaii). Participants will learn about community efforts born out of Episcopal congregations to create […]

Olympia diocese welcomes refugees, sues to keep resettlement efforts alive

[Episcopal News Service] The federal appeals court ruling Feb. 9 that blocked reinstatement of the Trump administration’s temporary ban on refugee admissions was welcomed by Episcopal Church leaders in Washington, where the Diocese of Olympia is pursuing a separate lawsuit against the president’s executive order. The diocese helps coordinate the resettlement of 190 refugees each […]

Executive Council supports Episcopal Migration Ministries in midst of Trump’s order

Refugee ministry budget snared in effort to halt, reduce refugee resettlement

[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council Feb. 8 pledged the Church’s solidarity with refugees in the face of President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending their entry into the United States. A federal judge on Feb. 6 temporarily blocked Trump’s action, leaving the State Department’s refugee admissions program in limbo. […]

Episcopal Migration Ministries announces new resettlement partner in West Virginia

[Episcopal Migration Ministries] I am so very pleased to know that the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration has approved the application for refugee resettlement in Charleston, West Virginia, submitted by Episcopal Migration Ministries on behalf of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia and West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry (WVIRM). West Virginia Interfaith Refugee […]

Episcopal Migration Ministries offers reflections throughout Advent

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Throughout December, Episcopal Migration Ministries is offering weekly Advent Reflection videos available here, with a focus on the refugee resettlement work of the Episcopal Church, “We invite you into the journey of Advent with us, as we reflect on this important season and the ministry of resettlement […]

West Virginia interfaith allies rally in favor of Syrian refugees, resettlement

[Episcopal News Service] An interfaith coalition of Christians, Muslims and Jews rallied in peaceful, prayerful solidarity in support of welcoming Syrian refugees and refugee resettlement in Charleston, West Virginia, on Nov. 15. “We believe [in], and we also want to encourage, the sense of welcome,” said West Virginia Assistant Bishop Mark Van Koevering, who attended […]

‘One United People’ focuses on resettlement in advance of UN events

[Episcopal News Service] Of the 21.3 million refugees in the world today, 1 percent might be resettled. It’s a lottery with dismal odds. In 2017, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that 1.19 million refugees will need to be resettled. Next week, during a historic summit of heads of state and government, countries […]