Adapted from the Office of Public Affairs
The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society will present a live 90-minute webinar Oct. 15 on the global refugee crisis, U.S. resettlement, and how Episcopalians can be involved in a ministry of welcome.
For more than 75 years, the Episcopal Church has welcomed refugees to the United States, helping them find safety, security, and new lives as American citizens. Now, with at least 60 million people displaced from their homes and lives, the global community is facing the largest refugee crisis since the end of World War II.
“We are all witnesses to this massive human suffering,” said Samuel McDonald, deputy chief operating officer and director of mission. “As Episcopalians in the United States, we are called ever more deeply into responding to this tragedy by engaging the life-saving ministry of refugee resettlement.”
“Episcopalians from across the church have been reaching out to us on a daily basis asking how they can be involved in mission and advocacy that supports refugees,” said Deborah Stein, director of Episcopal Migration Ministries. “We hope that this webinar will inspire individuals, congregations, and dioceses to engage this life-saving work in new ways.”
- Allison Duvall, manager for church relations and engagement, Episcopal Migration Ministries
- Lacy Broemel, manager for online communications and operations, Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s Office of Government Relations
- Patricia Kisare, legislative representative for international affairs, Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Jen Smyers, Associate Director for Immigration and Refugee Policy, Church World Service