Trump’s immigration policies force reduction of Episcopal Church’s refugee resettlement network

‘Strategic’ move will keep Episcopal Migration Ministries strong, director says

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Migration Ministries will reduce the size of its 31-member affiliate network by six in 2018 because of changing U.S. policy that will reduce the number of refugees to be resettled in this country annually by more than half. The affiliates, and the Episcopal dioceses in which they are located, are: Refugee One […]

Episcopal Migration Ministries to reduce network size

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] As a result of changing U.S. policy that lowers the number of refugees to be resettled in this country annually by more than half, Episcopal Migration Ministries will be reducing the size of its affiliate network by six sites in the next fiscal year. Currently, the Episcopal […]

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 […]

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. […]

Diocese of Olympia joins ACLU lawsuit to challenge Trump’s executive order on refugees

[Diocese of Olympia] The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia has joined with the ACLU to file a lawsuit against the federal government in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven predominately Muslim countries. While the words Muslim and Islam are never specifically mentioned in the executive order, references to “honor killings” […]

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 […]