Bishops file briefs on behalf of immigrants, refugees

[Episcopal News Service] Editor’s note: This post has been updated to include links to both briefs and the names of additional bishops who signed onto either one or both of the briefs.   Attorneys representing Episcopal bishops filed two friend-of-the-court briefs in support of immigrants and refugees, and in affirmation of two U.S. district court rulings, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Solidarity & sanctuary

[Diocese of Los Angeles] Matthew 25 makes it clear in the words of Jesus: “I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.” This is the spirit in which the Diocese of Los Angeles faithfully continues its outreach and advocacy on behalf of refugees and immigrants, working ecumenically through our IRIS program and also Diocesan Convention’s […]

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 […]