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Message from the Presiding Bishop

How often Israel hears the prophetic word of God: “You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Deut 10:19); “You shall not deprive a resident alien or an orphan of justice” (Deut 24:17); and “You shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt” (Lev 19:34). Jesus himself echoes these words in Matthew (25:35): “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” 

Refugees and immigrants are the strangers and aliens of today’s world. Our duty to love and care for them is just as urgent. The Episcopal Church works to do just that. We equip our members to welcome the stranger, advocate for just governmental policies, collaborate with ecumenical and interfaith partners, and, through Episcopal Migration Ministries, do the practical work of resettling refugees in the United States.

Together, people of faith can discover and create a new and common home. That has a great deal to do with our ancient dream of a Promised Land. God’s promise to Abraham of land, descendants, and that his name would be a blessing is made real when Abraham’s descendants discover the best of one another’s traditions and work to build a more just community of shalom and salaam.

I continue to be reminded that Jesus and his family were refugees in Egypt. Will we recognize him when he wanders into our midst? Will we invite the stranger to join us, in full and exuberant welcome? Will we work together to build a home for all God’s children?

I remain

Your servant in Christ,

+Katharine Jefferts Schori
XXVI Presiding Bishop

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