Episcopal, Lutheran leaders in the U.S. and Canada issue Ash Wednesday message on refugees

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry joined March 1 with Anglican and Lutheran leaders in North America in issuing an Ash Wednesday message titled “Remember the Refugees and Migrants.” Curry joined Anglican Church of Canada Primate Fred Hiltz, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and Evangelical Lutheran Church […]

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” […]

Episcopalians in Baltimore ‘walk in prayer’ for refugees

[Diocese of Maryland] For many of the more than 300 people who marched through downtown Baltimore on Feb. 4 to support refugees, the issues at play are not personal. But for Amer Omar, 22, the issues are real and painful. When he describes the day in 2009 when the police stormed into his family’s home in […]