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Episcopal Church Response to Administration’s Announcement on the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

April 16, 2021

On April 16, the President signed a determination that shifted allocations for refugee resettlement but did not increase the refugee cap for 2021. In response, The Episcopal Church put out a statement expressing disappointment and calling on the President to take action to raise the refugee cap above a historic low. The White House has […]

Climate Migration Abroad and At Home

April 15, 2021

EPPN Creation Care Series 2021 Part 3 Want to be a climate action advocate? You can still register for Ecumenical Advocacy Days next week from April 18th-21st! Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preach at the Sunday service.   Imagine waking up to water filling up your home. Imagine the panic setting in as your house […]

Statement on restoration of funding to UNRWA

April 9, 2021

The Episcopal Church applauds the Biden administration’s decision to restore funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). This agency provides vital humanitarian assistance such as health care, education, and emergency food assistance to Palestinian refugees throughout the Middle East. U.S. support of UNRWA is critical to providing many essential […]

Episcopal Church Statement on White House Refugee Resettlement Cap Decision

April 8, 2021

Published April 16 2021 Today the Biden administration announced it would not increase the refugee cap for Fiscal Year 2021 from a historic low of 15,000 refugees to 62,500. Given that President Biden campaigned on increasing the refugee cap in FY2021 and took the necessary steps to make these changes in February, we express disappointment […]

Wise Stewardship of Land

April 8, 2021

EPPN Creation Care Series 2021 Part 2 **After reading, don’t forget to use the link below to urge your Members of Congress to practice wise stewardship and permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge!** Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion […]

Protecting Voting Rights

April 6, 2021

Overview of Voting Rights The Office of Government Relations is working to maintain momentum from the 2020 U.S. election, where the country saw considerable interest and energy on voter education, voter registration, and getting out the vote. We want to harness that energy into civic engagement in the non-election years when hugely consequential decisions are […]

The Paris Agreement and 1.5 Degrees Celsius

April 1, 2021

Statement commending TPS designation for Venezuelans in U.S.

March 16, 2021

The Episcopal Church commends the Biden administration’s decision to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelans living in the United States. The status, which allows all individuals from a TPS-designated country to legally remain in the United States for renewable 18-month terms, will provide short-term relief for thousands of Venezuelans unable to return home due […]

Statement on President Biden’s Day One Actions

January 23, 2021

The Episcopal Church commends President Biden for his commitments to rejoin the Paris Agreement, rescind the Muslim travel ban, and rejoin the World Health Organization (WHO). Many of these policies uphold missional statements of our faith and contend for justice and peace. Since its creation in 2015, 197 countries have endorsed the Paris agreement. Biden […]

Resources for MLK Day and Inauguration

January 15, 2021

In this message, we want to share a quick guide to the coming days and offer a brief reflection on our incredible tradition of the transfer of power, the turbulent times we are living in, and the nonviolent legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Check out our Inauguration Resources including prayer resources for yourself and your congregation, information on vigils taking place in the coming […]

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