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Presiding Bishop Urges Support for Refugees

Episcopalians asked to advocate for resettlement

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Earlier today, Presiding Bishop Curry issued a statement asking President Trump to continue accepting refugees into the United States. Late yesterday, the president signaled that he was considering severe restrictions on refugee resettlement.

"Refugee resettlement is a form of ministry," said Bishop Curry, "and one that we, and many 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. I ask President Trump to continue the powerful work of our refugee resettlement program without interruption, recognizing the long wait and screening process that means refugees wait months and sometimes years to enter the country. We ask that we continue to accept as many refugees as we have in the past, recognizing the need is greater than ever. We ask that refugees from all countries receive consideration to come to the U.S. and not to ban those who come from countries most in need of our assistance.

Episcopal Public Policy Network has asked Episcopalians to take these actions on behalf of refugees:

Local, state and national faith leaders are also invited to add their names to a sign-on letter supporting refugee resettlement sponsored by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition. Bishop Lee has signed the letter; to join him, use this form.


Photo by Beth Crow, Youth Missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and coordinator of Lift Every Voice, CC BY-SA 4.0