Episcopalians Call for Hospitality for Refugees, Justice for Immigrants
Statement Clarifies What the Church Can Do
May 2, 2017 [Springfield, MA] – The Social Justice Commission of the Episcopal Diocese has issued a joint statement with the Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher, IX bishop of Western Massachusetts. This is the second statement on US immigration policy and the mandates of the Gospel. The first statement arose from the mass influx of women and children from Central American at the southern US border in 2015. This statement addresses the precarious status of immigrants and refugees under the Trump administration. It is the work of the Church to call civil authorities to right action on behalf of the most vulnerable in our society and the global community. With respect to that call the following statement was released this morning to local and Episcopal news outlets.
Bishop Fisher and the members of the Social Justice Commission encourage congregations and faith communities to use this document as a springboard for holy conversation, collaboration and action. It contains questions for reflections, local resources and a list of concrete things the Church can do to advocate for the refugee and the immigrant. The Great 50 Days of Easter provide the perfect context for this challenging and hope-filled work.