Episcopal churches issue statement ‘of shared values about immigration and refugees’; encourage others to sign

[Church of the Heavenly Rest] Episcopal clergy are invited to sign a statement “of shared values about immigration and refugees.” More than 50 clergy members have signed as of March 15. Perfect Love Casts Out Fear A Statement of Shared Values about Immigration & Refugees Scripture and tradition call us to welcome the immigrant and the […]

Immigrants’ fears fuel outreach at Maryland church targeted by post-election racist graffiti

[Episcopal News Service] The four hate-filled words were gone almost as quickly as they were discovered, scrawled across a sign and a wall at Church of Our Saviour in Silver Spring, Maryland, on the first Sunday after November’s presidential election. The Rev. Robert Harvey said the church waited long enough that day for authorities to take […]

Conference brings together human rights ombudsmen, Anglican and Episcopal bishops

Bishops move toward creating a regional human rights commission

[Episcopal News Service – San Salvador, El Salvador] As Syrian refugees continue to risk death embarking on a dangerous journey to Europe in search of a better life, Central Americans forcibly displaced by an ongoing social conflict in the Northern Triangle also are fleeing, traveling both north and south in search of safety. The United […]

La Convención fortalece la posición de la Iglesia sobre la inmigración y los refugiados

[Episcopal News Service] La Convención General aprobó varias resoluciones destinadas a proteger los derechos de inmigrantes y refugiados a lo largo y ancho de la Iglesia Episcopal. La Resolución D069 le pide a la Iglesia que apoye la ciudadanía por derecho de nacimiento, particularmente en países donde tenga diócesis. En 2010, por ejemplo, la República […]

Convention further strengthens church’s position on immigration, refugees

[Episcopal News Service] General Convention passed a number of resolutions aimed at protecting the rights of immigrants and refugees throughout The Episcopal Church. Resolution D069 calls for the church to support birthright citizenship, particularly in countries where it has dioceses. In 2010, for instance, the Dominican Republic changed its constitution removing jus soli, the right […]

Roman refugee center petitions all to ‘Welcome the Stranger’

World Refugee Day resources include liturgy for Anglican Communion

[Episcopal News Service] The refugee experience is a fundamental part of the Christian story and “by welcoming a stranger, we are welcoming the very Christ and God that we proclaim,” says the Rev. Austin Rios, rector of St. Paul’s Within the Walls Episcopal Church in Rome, Italy. The crypt of St. Paul’s is home to the Joel […]

Pilgrims continue to #ShareTheJourney, become refugee advocates

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church has been resettling refugees for 75 years, working with local congregations and resettlement agencies across the United States to welcome some of the most vulnerable people in the world who’ve fled violence, war, political, ethnic and cultural oppression. In early March, eight Episcopalians traveled to Kenya and Rwanda to […]

Pilgrims study refugees, resettlement process in Rwanda, Kenya

[Episcopal News Service] A little more than an hour’s drive outside Rwanda’s capital Kigali, 14,500 Congolese refugees live atop and along a hillside in red mud huts safely nestled in the country’s interior, far from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province from which most of them fled armed conflict and violence in the […]

Refugee women, children rebuild lives in Arizona

[Episcopal News Service – Tucson, Arizona] Peace and security that let them close their eyes and sleep at night; the ability to work and provide for their families: These are the things that female refugees – most of them single mothers – say changed most dramatically in their lives after they were resettled in Tucson. “I’m […]

Bishops offer support to President’s Immigration Executive Action

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] One hundred Episcopal Church bishops have joined Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in welcoming President Obama’s decision to offer relief from deportation to millions of undocumented community members and to reform certain harmful immigration enforcement policies. “I give thanks for President Obama’s announcement that nearly five million […]