Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
I will, with God’s help.
The current immigration policy of our government systematically creates a false narrative of immigrants as criminals while simultaneously creating dehumanizing situations, in the hope that this will serve as a deterrent to migrants.
Among the cruelest policies is the separation of children from their parents, detaining them in conditions no child anywhere should suffer, and certainly not children in the care of the American government. Independent observers have witnessed children sleeping on concrete floors in frigid, overcrowded cells, without soap or toothbrushes. Young children were caring for even younger children.
Human dignity is not a matter of political opinion or expediency. We cannot condone using human beings as bargaining chips in an effort to discourage people from crossing our borders. Border security is a legitimate goal for any nation, but as Christians we have a higher calling. We are called to treat and serve the foreigners among us as though they were our own citizens, our own neighbors, our own family (Leviticus 19:33-34).
(The Rt. Rev.) Thomas E. Breidenthal, D. Phil, Bishop of Southern Ohio
(The Very Rev.) Gail E. Greenwell, Dean, Christ Church Cathedral
Below we have included a variety of resources that you and your congregation can use to be directly and positively involved in advocacy and change.
- Read a recent faith leaders statement on children in detention that Presiding Bishop Curry joined here
- Educational Webinar: Sign up for Listen & Learn: Border Advocacy and Ministry webinar co-hosted with Episcopal Migration Ministries and featuring Bishop Michael Hunn of the Diocese of the Rio Grande. We’ll cover both advocacy and tangible ministry actions of the Church, along with ways to get involved. Registration is required, and it will be recorded. Time: July 2, 3:30pmET/1:30pm MT. Click here to join
- Advocacy resources in migration, refugees and immigration from the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations
- Episcopal Migration Ministries and their Partners in Welcome learning community and network
Information and resources from Episcopal dioceses at the border:
- Episcopal Diocese of Texas
- Diocese of West Texas
- Diocese of the Rio Grande
- Diocese of Arizona Border Ministry
- Diocese of San Diego