Below is a compilation of resources and actions from The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations and Episcopal Migration Ministries in response to the needs at the border and the unaccompanied children in detention.
Presiding Bishop Michael E. Curry’s statements:
- Presiding Bishop’s Statement on the Crisis at the U.S. Border
- Presiding Bishop Curry joins faith leaders’ statement on children in detention 6/6/2019
- The Episcopal Church Response to the Border Crisis
- The Episcopal Church signed on to a letter to Congress regarding funding for border and asylum issues that supported positive investments in humanitarian solutions.
Resources from The Office of Government Relations:
- The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations resource page on migration, refugees, immigration
- The Episcopal Public Policy Network and Episcopal Migration Ministries hosted Listen & Learn: Border Advocacy and Ministry webinar on Tuesday, July 2. View here. Listen to the webinar recording on the Hometown podcast.
- The Episcopal Church blog post on ways to accompany undocumented immigrants can be found here.
Resources from Episcopal Migration Ministries:
- Join Partners in Welcome, the online learning and networking community from Episcopal Migration Ministries, and engage with others across the Church who are committed to the work of supporting refugees and asylum-seekers.
- Download a shareable PDF of ‘Ways to help refugees and asylum-seekers’
- Download a social media graphic of ‘Ways to help refugees and asylum-seekers’
Diocesan statements and opportunities to engage:
- The Diocese of the Rio Grande has a breakdown of their donation availability & items that they need. It can be found here. A statement from Bishop Hunn in the Diocese of Rio Grande.
- Diocese of Arizona’s Cruzando Fronteras has information and collects donations here.
- The people of the Diocese of Texas are organizing a response to humanitarian need at the border. Information here.
- Diocese of West Texas information on getting involved can be found here.
- Texas bishops’ statement decrying conditions at border detention camps
- The Diocese of Maine is working ecumenically to respond to the arrival of Congolese asylum-seekers in Portland. Information here.
- A statement from Bishop Lee in the Diocese of Chicago
- A statement from Bishop Scarfe in the Diocese of Iowa
- A statement from Bishop Budde in the Diocese of Washington
- A statement from Bishop Waldo in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina
- A statement from the bishops of the Episcopal Church in California
- A statement from Bishop Rickel of the Diocese of Olympia
- A joint statement from Bishop Breidenthal of Southern Ohio and the Dean Greenwell of Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati
- A statement from Bishop Reddall in the Diocese of Arizona
- A statement from Bishop Wright in the Diocese of Atlanta
- A statement from Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York
- A statement from Bishop Brown in the Diocese of Delaware
- A statement from Bishop Gates in the Diocese of Massachusetts
- Fourteen hundred clergy and other mandated reporters sign Grace Cathedral’s letter to US officials on child detention
- Forward Movement Immigration Resources can be found here.
Opportunities for engagement and advocacy:
- Medium article from Jennifer Quigley, Director of Refugee Advocacy at Human Rights First
- NY Times Editorial Board ‘Ways You Can Help’
- Want to provide sanctuary to an undocumented person? This is what it takes.
Please contact us if you have more opportunities or information to add to this list.