[Episcopal Public Policy Network action alert] “In the Book of Leviticus, God says to the people of Israel that, “the foreigner who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the foreigner as yourself, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.” Accordingly, we welcome the stranger. We love our neighbor. The Episcopal Church has long been committed to resettling refugees in our own communities fleeing violence and persecution.” Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry
Episcopalians around the world join together in expressing sorrow and grief for those who died, those injured, and those for whom peace has been shattered by the recent acts of terrorism in Paris and Beirut. In light of this tragedy, we recognize that only love can overcome hatred and evil.
As decisions are currently being made that will impact the lives of Syrian refugees and refugee resettlement in the United States, we ask you to raise your voice in support of the life-giving ministry of refugee resettlement.
As the current number of displaced people around the world exceeds 60 million, the international community must continue to care for refugees through international aid and refugee resettlement. The United States has long been a beacon of freedom and opportunity for all, especially those seeking safety and security from violence and extremism, and today we can be no less.
Episcopal Migration Ministries, the refugee resettlement service of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, has worked to assist refugees on their journey to safety and freedom for over 75 years. As Episcopalians, we are committed to upholding our nation’s tradition of welcome and to seeking and serving Christ in all persons. Take action today to urge your governor and members of Congress to continue to offer safety and freedom to those fleeing persecution around the world.