IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES & PARTNERSHIPS

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington voted to become a “Sanctuary Diocese” at its 123rd Diocesan Convention, held at Washington National Cathedral on January 27, 2018. In so doing, the people of the Diocese of Washington declared that as disciples of Jesus Christ, we “take seriously the biblical mandate to ‘honor the immigrant in our midst as one of our own’ (Lev. 19:34), and in faithfulness to our Baptismal Covenant, oppose policies that target undocumented immigrants for deportation while also placing undue restrictions on refugees seeking safe haven in the U.S.”

The resolution asks congregations and institutions in the diocese “to serve as places of welcome and healing, and to provide other forms of material and pastoral support” to immigrants, including “initiatives to engage in education, organizing, advocacy, legal direct action, and other methods as deemed appropriate in each context to ensure the safety and security of all immigrants and refugees.”

Download the full text and explanation of the resolution, as adopted, here.

Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon became just the second female bishop in the Episcopal Church when she was elected suffragan bishop of Washington.
Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon became just the second female bishop in the Episcopal Church when she was elected suffragan bishop of Washington.
Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon became just the second female bishop in the Episcopal Church when she was elected suffragan bishop of Washington.

AFGHAN REFUGEE RESPONSE TEAM

Mission: We will empower and support EDOW’s parishes in this work, working especially through our network of deacons and other established networks, with the hope that this will be made a sustainable ministry.

We will be the connective tissues, helping to connect the resources of EDOW parishes to the needs of organizations aiding and settling refugees, as well as supporting parishes who are new to this work.

Message from Bishop Budde 

A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

We are looking for volunteers (urgent need) or references to those willing to provide PRO BONO services in a variety of areas. If you can help, please sign up here.

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We are also assembling and will regularly share other valuable resources providing information congregations and individuals will find useful to get involved in this work, from many  excellent groups supporting refugee resettlement. We offer just a few below. If you want to stay up to date on information and action opportunities regarding refugee ministry, please sign up and join the EDOW Afghan Refugee Ministry Listserv.

HELPFUL RESOURCES

CONTACT

We welcome ideas, volunteers, connections, and resources from all of you, as well, as the team continues its work. Please contact the Rev. Anne Derse or Hazel Monae, ARRT Co-chairs, with your input or questions.

Sanctuary

EDOW has partnered with the Sanctuary Ministry of the Washington National Cathedral to equip congregations, clergy, and lay leaders to engage in the work of supporting immigrants. While no congregation is equipped to help in the same way, each is called to act in ways appropriate to local contexts, capacity, and discernment.

We’ve collected the following resources for individuals and congregations seeking to discern ways to help.

Immigrant Relief Fund

The Immigrant Relief Fund of the Diocese of Washington provides short-term crisis assistance to help immigrant families with the expenses of legal representation and to provide temporary emergency aid to a family who has been unexpectedly separated from a family member upon whom the family depends for financial stability. This fund is intended for members of the congregations of the Diocese of Washington. Learn More

Contact

For more information, or to seek assistance in discerning your congregation’s role, contact Hazel Monae, Missioner for Equity and Justice.