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. […]

Statement from East Tennessee Bishop George D. Young, III: Refugees, Citizenship, and Action

[Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee] Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry said that refugee resettlement work is a ministry that the Episcopal Church and other churches and faith-based organizations cherish. “The work of Episcopal Migration Ministries is God’s work, and we show the face of God through the care and compassion in that work,” Curry said. […]

March for Refugees: Pray, Act and Walk

A statement from Maryland Bishop Eugene Sutton

[Episcopal Diocese of Maryland] March for Refugees: Pray, Act and Walk February 1, 2017 “Cursed is the one who withholds justice from the alien, the fatherless or the widow. Then all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’” Deuteronomy 27:19 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Do you know what it feels like to be rejected – not for […]

Episcopal Church expands its stand with refugees, immigrants and the undocumented

Country-wide groundswell of moral, sacred resistance expands

[Episcopal News Service] Even before President Donald Trump upended a major part of U.S. immigration policy, many Episcopalians were recommitting to support refugees and finding new ways to extend their advocacy. And those efforts are expanding. The Diocese of Los Angeles overwhelmingly approved sanctuary status in early December after an impassioned plea by the Rev. […]

La Iglesia Episcopal expandirá su solidaridad con refugiados, inmigrantes e indocumentados

Se expande por todo el país la oleada de resistencia moral y sagrada

[Episcopal News Service] Aun antes de que el presidente Donald Trump suspendiera una parte importante de la política migratoria de EE.UU., muchos episcopales estaban comprometiéndose de nuevo a apoyar a los refugiados y a encontrar nuevas vías de extender su labor de promoción social. Y esos empeños se están expandiendo. La Diócesis de Los Ángeles aprobó por […]

Northern Indiana: ‘I Was a Stranger and You Didn’t Welcome Me’

 [Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana]  “I was hungry and you didn’t give me food to eat. I was thirsty and you didn’t give me anything to drink. I was a stranger and you didn’t welcome me. I was naked and you didn’t give me clothes to wear. I was sick and in prison, and you […]

Michigan: Statement on President Trump’s executive order regarding refugees, travel from seven majority-Muslim countries

[Episcopal Diocese of Michigan] President Trump’s order to ban all refugees and travel from seven majority-Muslim countries is facing significant legal challenges and vehement public opposition. We believe his actions to be unjust, unconstitutional and out of sync with basic human respect. However, it is not our intention to draw attention to the particular flaws […]

Massachusetts bishops join church leaders opposing refugee restriction

[Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts] Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Gayle E. Harris of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, together with Bishop Douglas J. Fisher of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, have signed a joint letter from 17 church leaders, issued today by the Massachusetts Council of Churches, opposing the White House executive action […]

California Bishop Andrus makes statement about President’s executive orders

[Episcopal Diocese of California] The following is a statement from the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of California. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”  Matthew 25:35 Over the last week, President Trump has […]