Episcopal Church statement on Texas Gov. Abbott’s decision to reject…

first_img Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Back to Press Releases Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Episcopal Church condemns Gov. Abbott’s decision to reject refugee resettlement in 2020. Texas has long served as a strong partner in the work of welcoming some of the most vulnerable individuals in the world to peace, safety, and a bright future. Texas Episcopalians have also given generously of their time, talents, and treasure to help our refugee brothers and sisters rebuild their lives in the Lone Star State.Texans have long been known for their southern hospitality and generosity of spirit. Additionally, many Texans are people of strong faith who take seriously the Gospel call to welcome the stranger and to help those who are fleeing religious persecution and violence. The Episcopal community in Texas shares these values. Through Refugee Services of Texas (RST) and Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IMGH), both affiliates of Episcopal Migration Ministries, our church serves refugees, asylees, individuals with Special Immigrant Visas, Cuban-Haitian entrants, Central American minors, survivors of human trafficking, and other vulnerable populations. In addition, RST and IMGH work to facilitate partnerships with host communities to build a welcoming environment.Refugees bring immense value to communities throughout Texas. They have invigorated the economy, brought innovation to small towns, and made communities stronger through their contributions to public life and cultural institutions. Refugees in Texas are students, entrepreneurs, dedicated employees, customers, elected officials, and community leaders – just like us. They are us.The Episcopal Church urges Gov. Abbott to reconsider his decision and express support for continuing Texas’s long tradition of welcoming refugees. Refugee resettlement embodies the Texan spirit and our faithful commitment to assisting the least among us. We encourage all people to stand in the breach for our refugee brothers and sisters who seek a haven of peace and renewal in the United States.About Episcopal Migration Ministries:Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) lives the call of welcome by supporting refugees, immigrants, and the communities that embrace them as they walk together in The Episcopal Church’s movement to create loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships rooted in compassion. EMM’s desire to honor the inherent value of human connection brings communities together to love their neighbors as themselves.To directly support EMM and its life-changing work, visit www.episcopalmigrationministries.org/give or text ‘EMM’ to 41444 (standard messaging and data may rates apply).About the Office of Government Relations:The Office of Government Relations represents the policy priorities of The Episcopal Church to the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. We aim to shape and influence policy and legislation on critical issues, highlighting the voices and experiences of Episcopalians and Anglicans globally. All policy positions are based on General Convention and Executive Council resolutions, the legislative and governing bodies of the Church. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Church statement on Texas Gov. 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PM Says Gov’t Committed to Strengthening International Co-Operation

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the Government is committed to strengthening international co-operation, even as it continues to work towards national development. “Guided by our commitment to multilateralism as the cornerstone for peace and development, we will continue to engage with all countries, to explore opportunities for foreign direct investment, tourism growth, expanded trade and technical and cultural co-operation,” she said. The Prime Minister was addressing members of the Diplomatic Corps at Jamaica House, on February 5, as part of activities to observe Diplomatic Week. Mrs. Simpson Miller noted that Jamaica’s foreign policy has always been characterised by mutual respect and territorial integrity. “In our external affairs, Jamaica has forged, enhanced and advanced cordial and fruitful relations with our traditional partners as well as with emerging economies,” she said. “We are a sovereign nation that seeks to expand opportunity for our people and foster respectful relations with any State that wishes to partner with us in our quest for growth and development, with job creation,” the Prime Minister added. Mrs. Simpson Miller said that Jamaica will continue to strengthen its ties with traditional partners in the East and West, as well as in North America and Europe, even as it explores opportunities in the Latin American region. In the meantime, the Prime Minister said the country also remains committed to multilateral engagement and action on a number of globally relevant issues, such as: global warming; achievement of the Millennium Development Goals; and controlling the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, “which continue to have a destabilising negative impact on societies like ours.”On the matter of human rights, the Prime Minister informed that of particular concern is the issue of the rights of children.“Here in Jamaica, we are addressing the matter through legislation; improved management of, and service delivery to those in the care of the State; and initiatives to encourage greater parental responsibility,” she said.Diplomatic Week 2013 is being celebrated from February 3 to February 8. The week’s activities began with a Service of Thanksgiving at the Swallowfield Chapel, in Kingston, on Sunday, February 3, while on Monday, February 4, Jamaica’s cultural heritage was highlighted at a special cultural evening, held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.On Wednesday, February 6, the diplomats will be addressed by Ministers of Finance and Planning; National Security; Science, Technology, Energy and Mining – Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, Hon. Peter Bunting, and Hon. Phillip Paulwell, respectively.The highlight of the week will be the black tie reception and diplomatic dinner hosted by their Excellencies, Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen on Thursday, February 7, at King’s House.The week culminates on Friday, February 8, with a tour of the National Gallery in downtown Kingston and an excursion to Maiden Cay, a small uninhabited island located off the coast of Port Royal.last_img read more