Statement on Separation of Immigrant Families

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Yesterday, a broad coalition of leaders from across all faith traditions, including The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, released a statement (below) calling upon the U.S. government to end its policy of separating immigrant families. We Bishops of Virginia strongly support this statement and commend it to your attention.
 
Please join us in making your voice known to your congressional representatives. 
 
The Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston 
Bishop of Virginia
The Rt. Rev. Susan Goff
Bishop Suffragan of Virginia

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is joining other faith organizations in a statement urging the U.S. government to stop its policy of separating immigrant families.
 
Below is the full statement signed by dozens of faith organizations. Bishop Kenneth H.  Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, signed on behalf of the Council.
 
 
FAITH LEADERS’ STATEMENT ON FAMILY SEPARATION 
 
Recently, the U.S. Administration announced that it will begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. As religious leaders representing diverse faith perspectives, united in our concern for the well-being of vulnerable migrants who cross our borders fleeing from danger and threats to their lives, we are deeply disappointed and pained to hear this news. 
 
We affirm the family as a foundational societal structure to support human community and understand the household as an estate blessed by God. The security of the family provides critical mental, physical and emotional support to the development and wellbeing of children. 
 
Our congregations and agencies serve many migrant families that have recently arrived in the United States. Leaving their communities is often the only option they have to provide safety for their children and protect them from harm. Tearing children away from parents who have made a dangerous journey to provide a safe and sufficient life for them is unnecessarily cruel and detrimental to the well-being of parents and children.  
 
As we continue to serve and love our neighbor, we pray for the children and families that will suffer due to this policy and urge the Administration to stop their policy of separating families.
 
His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian
Diocesan Legate and Director of the Ecumenical Office
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America
The Rev. Teresa Hord Owens
General Minister and President
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Mr. Azhar Azeez
President
Islamic Society of North America
Rabbi Rick Jacobs
President
Union for Reform Judaism
The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera
Bishop of Scranton, PA
Chair, Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs
Mr. Anwar Khan
President
Islamic Relief USA
Senior Bishop George E. Battle, Jr.
Presiding Prelate, Piedmont Episcopal District
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
The Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller
President, Provincial Elders’ Conference
Moravian Church Northern Province
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
President, Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church
The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II
Stated Clerk
Presbyterian Church (USA)
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop
Episcopal Church (United States)
Rabbi Jonah Pesner
Director
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer
General Minister & President
United Church of Christ
The Rev. Don Poest
Interim General Secretary
The Rev. Eddy Alemán
Candidate for General Secretary
Reformed Church in America
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
 Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick III
Presiding Bishop, The 8th Episcopal District
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
The Rev. David Guthrie
President, Provincial Elders’ Conference
Moravian Church Southern Province
The Rev. Phil Tom
Executive Director
International Council of Community Churches
Mr. Glen Guyton
Executive Director
Mennonite Church USA
Senior Bishop McKinley Young
Presiding Prelate, Third Episcopal District
African Methodist Episcopal Church
 
 
 
 
 
The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera
Bishop of Scranton, PA
Chair, Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs
 
Senior Bishop George E. Battle, Jr.
Presiding Prelate, Piedmont Episcopal District
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
 
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
President, Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church
 
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop
Episcopal Church (United States)
 
The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer
General Minister & President
United Church of Christ
 
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
 
The Rev. David Guthrie
President, Provincial Elders’ Conference
Moravian Church Southern Province
 
Mr. Glen Guyton
Executive Director
Mennonite Church USA
 
The Rev. Teresa Hord Owens
General Minister and President
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
 
Rabbi Rick Jacobs
President
Union for Reform Judaism
 
Mr. Anwar Khan
President
Islamic Relief USA
 
The Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller
President, Provincial Elders’ Conference
Moravian Church Northern Province
 
The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II
Stated Clerk
Presbyterian Church (USA)
 
Rabbi Jonah Pesner
Director
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
 
The Rev. Don Poest
Interim General Secretary
 
The Rev. Eddy Alemán
Candidate for General Secretary
Reformed Church in America
 
Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick III
Presiding Bishop, The 8th Episcopal District
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
 
The Rev. Phil Tom
Executive Director
International Council of Community Churches
 
Senior Bishop McKinley Young
Presiding Prelate, Third Episcopal District
African Methodist Episcopal Church

 

 

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