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Help Us Help Refugees

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In the last several days, there has been an outpouring of criticism of the Administration's new executive order on immigration from religious leaders around the country. Yesterday, Bishop Mariann Budde released a Statement on Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Restrictions in which she says: "I stand proudly with other Christians and interfaith leaders to protest this order, express solidarity with one another, and together call our nation to the highest of our common spiritual and civic values.  Scripture could not be clearer: we are called to welcome the stranger."
 
St. Dunstan's welcomes this strong restatement of our Christian values. 
 
Bishop Mariann also has advice for those of you wondering what you can do to make a difference:
 
"I commend to you a new advocacy initiative from the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN), which is part of our church's Office of Government Relations. If you join me in the 2x4 Fight for Refugees Campaign, you will commit to calling your national, state, and local elected officials four times during the next two months on behalf of refugees. You can learn more about the campaign and find a helpful script online. And, if you are of a mind, you can join the network to receive updates and alerts."
 
You can also join the St. Dunstan's Economic and Environmental Justice Working Group, informally known as the Justice League of St. Dunstan's.  We are meeting this Monday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the church.  We'll talk about this and other initiatives including how to continue our work on helping to resettle refugees in light of the new immigration and refugee policies.
 
Mark McCarthy
 


 

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