EPPN: Post-election resources for refugee and immigration advocacy

Posted Nov 16, 2016

Dear advocates,

This week, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry wrote to the Church, reminding us that, “As a Church, seeking to follow the way of Jesus, who taught us, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ (Mt. 22:39) and to ‘do to others as you would have them do to you’ (Mt. 7:12), we maintain our longstanding commitment to support and welcome refugees and immigrants, and to stand with those who live in our midst without documentation.”

In this spirit, we recommit ourselves to strive for justice and peace for all people. Refugees and immigrants are woven into the fabric of our nation, and indeed, our Church is comprised of people of all backgrounds – including refugees and immigrants. As the body of Christ, we must speak out boldly for the dignity of every human being. I write you today offering resources for action to support our refugee and immigrant neighbors:

1. Express your support for refugee resettlement to your members of Congress

2. Download and share Know Your Rights resources and post-election information on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

3. Host a Refugees Welcome event in your congregation

4. Report Hate

As people of faith, we must not sit idly by. Instead, we will take action together. Please reach out with any questions or comments.

In peace,

Lacy Broemel, Refugee & Immigration Policy Analyst, lbroemel@episcopalchurch.org