It's time to stand and support refugees

Posted Jun 26, 2017

[Episcopal Migration Ministries] On June 26, the Supreme Court released its decision on the “travel ban” Executive Order (EO). In short, it consolidated the two cases about the EO that were heard in the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts and agreed to hear oral arguments on the case in October. It also issued a stay on the injunction of both cases, which means that certain parts of the ban will now go into effect.

Even while we wait to learn the specifics about what this means for the families that we – along with our local affiliate partners, communities, churches, and volunteers – were planning to welcome, we must redouble our efforts to be voices of welcome and support for our refugee brothers and sisters, at home and abroad.

Here are three things you can do today to help:

  1. Stand To Support Refugees: Make a donation to our Stand to Support Refugees campaign, and plan to host a Stand to Support Refugees Sunday at your church. Materials, including prayers and worship resources, are here.
  2. Love God, Love Neighbor: Plan to join us for a future Love God, Love Neighbor experience, where we train Episcopalians to be advocates, allies, and ambassadors for the work of refugee resettlement and welcome. Sign up today to be the first to receive announcements about training dates and locations.
  3. Support your nearest local affiliate: Reach out to your nearest Episcopal Migration Ministries affiliate, or the affiliate of another national resettlement agency, to learn how you can help. Need help locating an office? Contact Allison Duvall, EMM Manager for Church Relations & Engagement.
We thank you for being partners, friends, and advocates in this ministry of refugee resettlement. Thank you for standing with Episcopal Migration Ministries and with refugees.