By now, most of you have heard the news that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of upholding President Trump’s travel ban on individuals coming from five majority Muslim nations. I have already said much about this ban, how it is based on fear and not based on the facts, and I have spoken at length about the decision to join the lawsuit blocking this ban. While I am saddened by the outcome, I do firmly believe that our efforts, along with the efforts of many others who stood with us in defense of the millions of refugees fleeing persecution, famine, and violence, helped to lessen the severity of the original Executive Order.
We will continue to be a church and a community that supports and welcomes the stranger with open arms. We will continue to be a community that stands for the rights and the dignity of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Our Refugee Resettlement Office continues to help individuals and families who have suffered unimaginable tragedy build new lives in our community. We will continue to speak out on these issues, love our refugee and immigrant neighbors, and share God’s love.
During his visit to the diocese, Presiding Bishop Curry encouraged us to find our voices and speak out. “Bankers count dollars, politician count votes,” he said throughout his visit. You can make your voice heard using the immigration advocacy resources my office has compiled:
You can support the Diocese of Olympia’s Refugee Resettlement Office here:
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