'Refugees' Tagged Posts

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Free webinar on refugee program updates

Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations are hosting a one-hour free webinar, Welcome in Action: Education, Advocacy and Outreach at 3 pm on Tuesday, August 15. This webinar will provide the latest updates on the travel ban, refugee funding, and upcoming opportunities to engage in advocacy and outreach in support of refugee resettlement. Lacy Broemel, Episcopal Church Refugee and Immigration Policy Analyst, and Kendall Martin, Episcopal Migration Ministries Manager for Communications will lead the webinar. Registration is required and is available here.  The webinar will…

Star-Telegram covers refugee family being helped by Episcopalians

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published a story on Friday, February 2, 2017, about the family of Syrian refugees who arrived late Wednesday night. Read excerpts from the story below. Syrian refugee family arrives in Fort Worth during pause in travel ban Fahmi Mousa Al Kazma has been looking for a safe place to raise his six children since 2011, when militias forced the farmer out of his village near Aleppo, Syria. The family’s new safe haven is a four-bedroom apartment…

WFAA Channel 8 covers Episcopalians helping refugees

Reporter Lauren Zakalik of WFAA interviewed the Rev. Tracie Middleton as part of her report on a refugee family settling in Fort Worth. Watch the news story and read the transcript below. Since 2011, the Mousa Al Kazma family has been looking for a place to call home because the place they called home isn’t safe enough to call home any longer. The family of eight, including two sets of twins, is from Aleppo, Syria. After years of living as refugees…

Faith leaders plead for refugees

On Wednesday, February 8, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram published an Op-Ed article from several local faith leaders opposing a religious test for admitting refugees and offering reasons for offering them succor. The signatories included Episcopalians: the Rev. Carlye Hughes, rector of Trinity, Fort Worth; the Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner, canon to the ordinary; the Rev. Gayland Pool, retired priest of the diocese; and the Rev. William Stanford, rector, St. Christopher, Fort Worth. You can read the article below or at…

Deputies invited to “Stand with Refugees”

The Rev. Gay Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, has issued a letter calling for deputies to General Convention and other Episcopalians to stand with refugees in the wake of the recent Executive Order instituting a travel ban on residents of seven Muslim-majority nations. She invited them to join in the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations new advocacy initiative called the 2×4 Fight for Refugees Campaign. Participants in the campaign will commit to calling national, state, and local elected…

All Episcopal bishops in Texas issue response to Governor Abbott

All the Episcopal bishops in all six dioceses in the state of Texas have issued a response to Gov. Abbott’s action regarding resettlement and aid to refugees. Read the entire statement below. Download the statement as a PDF to share in your congregations. episcopal-bishops-of-texas-respond-to-governor-abbott Read a statement from Episcopal Migration Ministries. statement-from-episcopal-migration-ministries Read a news release from Refugee Services of Texas. refugee-services-of-texas-press-release-9-21-16 Episcopal Bishops of Texas Respond to Gov. Abbott’s Action Texans are not known for being fearful, but for…