We Stand with Refugees

We Stand with Refugees

A statement from Bishop Michael:

On Friday the President of the United States, Donald Trump, issued an executive order banning individuals from seven countries from the United States. This order prevents refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from accessing the U.S. refugee resettlement program.

I oppose this policy that prevents access to this program for refugees from these countries. This order disqualifies refugees from protection based on their nationality or religion and is thus antithetical to the principals that the United States is built on. This order dishonors the legacy of our history as the land of the free and the home of the brave and it disregards our shared humanity as people of God, made in God’s image. My opposition is based on my Christian faith and the values I hold as a child of God and one who professes the baptismal promise to “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.” I believe that the President should rescind this order and legislators in the United States Congress should oppose this and other measures that divide and exclude individuals on the basis of religion or nationality.

In the Diocese of Oregon we are building bridges with our Muslim friends and we continue to deepen our commitment to our Latino brothers and sisters in ministry. Executive orders such as this and statements about building a wall between the United States and Mexico will damage lives and are not consistent with the values I hold as a faithful Christian. I stand with those who disagree with orders and tactics such as these.

Declaración del Obispo sobre Inmigrantes y Refugiados.

El Presidente de los Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, emitió el viernes 27 de Enero, 2017 una orden ejecutiva prohibiendo la entrada a Estados Unidos a personas de siete países. Esta orden evita que refugiados provenientes de Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, tengan acceso al programa del acuerdo para refugiados.

Yo me opongo a esta política exterior que evita el acceso de estos siete países a este programa de refugiados. Esta orden inhabilita a los refugiados de una protección en base  a la nacionalidad o religión de las personas, y esto es contra los principios en que los Estados Unidos ha sido edificado. Esta orden deshonra la herencia de nuestra historia como la tierra de libertad y la casa del valiente, ignorando nuestra humanidad común como personas de Dios, hechas a imagen de Dios. Mi oposición  está basada en mi fe cristiana y en los valores que tengo como hijo de Dios y quien profesa las promesas bautismales de “luchar por la justicia y la paz entre todos los pueblos y el respeto a la dignidad de todo ser humano.” Yo creo que el Presidente debería revocar esa orden, y los legisladores en los Estados Unidos deberían oponerse a esta y otras medidas que dividen y excluyen a las personas en base a su religión o nacionalidad.

En la Diócesis de Oregon estamos construyendo puentes con la comunidad de nuestros amigos Musulmanes y continuamos profundizando nuestro compromiso en el ministerio con nuestros hermanos y hermanas Latinos.

Ordenes ejecutivas como estas, y declaraciones sobre construir un muro fronterizo entre Estados Unidos y México, daña las vidas y no son consistentes con los valores que yo sostengo como Cristiano fiel. Esta es mi postura junto con aquellos que no están de acuerdo con órdenes y tácticas como estas.

A statement from clergy of the Diocese of Oregon:

“The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy.”
Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

On November 9th The Episcopal Diocese of Oregon released a statement in response to the rhetoric of the election. In part, our statement said:

As Christians we are called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ with clarity and conviction, particularly as that Gospel compels us to work alongside those in every faith tradition to confront forces that threaten the lives and safety of the most vulnerable.

We promised:

To protect and defend the human dignity of immigrants, refugees, and those who fear deportation. Our churches will be sanctuaries for those whose safety and security is threatened;

To confront bigotry, fear, ignorance and hatred whenever and wherever we encounter it. We will not be silent or passive in the face of language that harms the children of God.

To stand and work with those whose race or religion is threatened by the vitriolic and violent language and action in American society.

The time has come to act on these promises.

This past Sunday in churches across the world Christians proclaimed the Beatitudes of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. These proclamations affirm the blessedness of those on the margins of society and the belovedness of all God’s children.

It is sinful and against the teachings of Jesus for any government to insist that those whom God has declared to be blessed – and indeed, as we learn in Matthew 25, those in whom Christ has declared that we meet Christ Himself – are a threat to our sense of security. Our faith compels us to stand in the face of the recent unjust proclamations of our President and act in faithful opposition to any action that dehumanizes our brothers and sisters.

We pray that this administration will repent of these actions and stop using fear and division to hurt the people of God’s creation.

As priests and deacons, we too hunger and thirst for righteousness and justice. Policies which tear apart the people of God lead to division and self-protection. As Christians we are called to see the whole body of Christ, all the people of the world, as our primary identity.

We call on all people of faith who hold out hope for a more just society, to join us in committing to offering safety, support, and solidarity to those most threatened by the dangerously divisive rhetoric and action of this administration.

Declaración por los clérigos de la Diócesis de Oregon:

“La última medida de una persona es no su postura en momentos de bienestar y comodidad, sino en su postura en momentos de reto y controversia.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

El 9 de Noviembre del 2016, La Diócesis Episcopal de Oegon publicó una declaración en respuesta a lo relacionado con la elección. En parte, nuestra declaración dice:

Como Cristianos estamos llamados a proclamar con claridad y convicción el Evangelio de Jesucristo, particularmente cuando el Evangelio nos obliga a trabajar junto con aquellos en toda tradición de fe para confrontar las fuerzas que amenazan las vidas y la seguridad de los más vulnerables.

Prometemos:

Proteger y defender la dignidad humana de los inmigrantes, refugiados, y aquellos que temen ser deportados. Nuestras Iglesias serán santuarios para todos aquellos cuya integridad y seguridad se vea amenazada;  

Enfrentar la intolerancia, el miedo, la ignorancia y el odio, siempre y en donde se encuentren. Nosotros no guardaremos silencio o estaremos pasivos ante la cara de un lenguaje que hace daño a los hijos de Dios; 

Defender y trabajar con quienes su raza o religión es amenazada por el lenguaje mordaz, intolerante y violento, activo en la sociedad Americana;

Ha llegado el momento para poner en acción estas promesas.

Este domingo pasado en nuestras iglesias atreves del mundo, los cristianos proclamaron las Bienaventuranzas de Jesucristo como están escritas en el Evangelio de Mateo.

Estas proclamaciones afirman las bendiciones sobre los marginados de la sociedad y el amor hacia todos los hijos de Dios.

Es un pecado y contra la enseñanza de Jesucristo, que cualquier gobierno insista en que a los que Dios ha declarado estar bendecidos – y en verdad, como vemos en Mateo 25, aquellos en quien Cristo ha declarado, podemos ver a Cristo mismo – son una amenaza para nuestro sentido de seguridad.

Nuestra fe nos obliga a tomar una posición ante la cara de recientes proclamaciones injustas por parte de nuestro Presidente, y actuar en completa oposición contra cualquier acción que deshumanice a nuestros hermanos y hermanas.

Oramos para que esta administración se arrepienta de sus acciones y pare de usar el miedo y la división, que hiere a la gente, creación de Dios.

Como sacerdotes y diáconos, también tenemos hambre y sed de rectitud y justicia. Posiciones políticas que desgarran al pueblo de Dios, solo llevan a la división y protección egoísta. Como cristianos estamos llamados a ver a todo el cuerpo de Cristo, la gente de todo el mundo, como nuestra primera identidad.

Hacemos un llamado a toda la gente de fe que sostiene una esperanza por una sociedad más justa, a que nos unamos y comprometamos a ofrecer seguridad, apoyo, y solidaridad hacia aquellos más amenazados por las declaraciones y acciones divisivas tan peligrosas de esta administración.

The Very Rev. Nathan LeRud
Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
The Rev. Christopher Craun
Rector, St. Michael and All Angels
The Rev. James Joiner
Associate Rector St. Michael and All Angels
The Rev. Kerlin Richter
Rector, St. David of Wales
The Rev. Jeremy Lucas
Rector, Christ Church Episcopal Parish
The Rev. Alison Schultz
Associate Rector, Christ Church Episcopal Parish
The Rev. Caroline Litzenberger, Ret.
Associate Priest Christ Church Episcopal Parish
The Rev. Martin Elfert
Rector, Grace Memorial Episcopal Church
The Rev. Heather Wenrick
Associate Rector, St.  John the Baptist Episcopal Church
The Rev. Josh Kingsley
St. Matthews Episcopal Church
The Rev. Dn. Maureen Hagen
Deacon, Christ Church Episcopal Parish
The Rev. Ann Fontaine
Associate Priest, St. Catherine Episcopal Church
The Rev. Brad Toebben
Assistant Priest, St. Mary Episcopal Church
The Rev. Dn. Thomas English
Jail and Prison Ministry
The Rev. Chris Hertlein
Rector, St. James Episcopal Church
The Rev. Dn. Nancy Mulheim
Deacon, St. Mary Episcopal Church
The Rev. Stephen Schneider
Priest, Retired
The Rev. Amy Cox
Associate Priest, St. Michael & All Angels
The Rev. Dennis james Sagun Parker
Chaplain, Legacy Hospice Services
The Rev. C. Phillip Craig, Jr.
Head Chaplain, Oregon Episcopal School and Rector, Ascension Episcopal Parish
The Rev. Phillip Ayers
Associate Priest, Trinity Cathedral
The Rev. Dn. Cindra Gray
Deacon, St. Michael/San Miguel
The Rev. Jennifer B. Cleveland
Upper School Chaplain, Oregon Episcopal School
The Rev. Canon Robert H. Bryant
Rector, St. John the Baptist
The Ven. Carter Hawley
Archdeacon, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon
The Rev. Christy Close Erskine
Rector, Emmanuel
The Rev. Chris Laing
Assistant Priest, St. John the Baptist
The Rev. Steve Tyson
The Rev. Dr. Constance Hammond
Interim Rector, St. Paul
The Rev. David Perry
Associate Priest, St. Michael & All Angels
The Rev. Dn. Linda Goetz
Deacon, St. David of Wales
The Rev. Mary Piper
The Rev. JoAnne Bennett
The Rev. Dn. Bonnie Stewart
Deacon, St. Michael & All Angels
The Rev. Dr. Patti Hale
Rector, St. Matthew
The Rev. Doug Hale
Chaplain, Episcopal Campus Ministry at the University of Oregon
The Rev. Canon Roberto Arciniega
Canon for Latino Ministries
The Rev. Esme Culver
Priest-in-Charge, St. Aidan
The Rev. Georgia DuBose
Priest-in-Charge, St. Philip the Deacon
The Rev. Canon Joseph Dubay
Adjunct Clergy, Trinity Cathedral
The Rev. Edgar Shippey
The Rev. Morgan Silbaugh
The Rev. Anne K. Bartlett
Assisting Priest, Trinity 
The Rev. Wilson Ferreira Sandoval
Vicar, Todos los Santos
The Rev. Wes Sedlacek
The Rev. Canon Carol W. Sedlacek
Canon for Christian & Leadership Formation, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon

56 thoughts on “We Stand with Refugees

  1. Please add my name. Thank you.
    The Rev. Jennifer B. Cleveland
    Upper School Chaplain – Oregon Episcopal School

  2. I stand with my Bishop and fellow clergy in opposing this mean spirited position from the President. He does not speak for me.

  3. I would like to add my name to the statement. From Fr Phillip Ayers, Associate, Trinity Cathedral,Portland.

  4. My hope is that we come at this as loving Christians first, and be inclusive and loving also of those with different political views from our own, many of whom are also good and living Christians who happen to have a different world view. Peace.

  5. I am proud of the Bishop, the clergy, and concerned members of our Diocese who oppose Donald Trump’s divisive comments.

  6. Please Add our names:
    Rev. Dr. Patti Hale, OPA
    Rector, St. Matthew’s Eugene
    Rev. Doug Hale
    Episcopal Campus Ministry UO, Chaplain

  7. Actions speak louder than words. It is time for people of faith to be seen and heard! Start with prayers for the guidance of the Holy Spirit – then act! Thank you, Bishop Michael. Please add my name and my pledge of support,

  8. Please add my name:

    The Rev. Georgia C. DuBose
    Priest-in-charge
    St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church, Portland

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