Support the Café

Search our Site

Churches uniting to resettle the Burmese refugees

Churches uniting to resettle the Burmese refugees

CBS news has a video post up that reports on how Burmese refugees (from modern day Myanmar) are being welcomed into communities in Kentucky by a broad coalition of congregations and denominations. The report was probably motivated by the US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s visit to Myanmar yesterday.

“Eh-Nay-Thaw is among several hundred refugees from Burma who have been embraced by Crescent Hill Baptist Church. Officially resettled as refugees, they come here with full legal status: Welcome to work, welcome to go to school, welcome to stay.

“God has sent a miracle for us and we have a chance to come here, which is good,” said Eh-Nay-Thaw.

Groups like Kentucky Refugee Ministries provide support with English classes, assistance with government paperwork, and job placement.”

More here.

While the video features the ministry of Crescent Hill Baptist in Louisville, a number of other congregations, including St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in the region have also been involved. And Kentucky isn’t the only state where Burmese refugees are being resettled. Our Cathedral here in Phoenix has been actively supporting a number of Burmese refugee families over the past two years as well.

Are there other places that you’re aware of that are practicing this sort of hospitality ministry?


Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Apps 55753818692 1675970731 F785b701a6d1b8c33f0408

Sorry, I meant to sign my name to the last comment.

-Cullin R. Schooley

Apps 55753818692 1675970731 F785b701a6d1b8c33f0408

St. Andrew’s, Des Moines, IA: We do a lot of work with Sudanese refugees. We’re currently renovating our old pre-school building which will be used as a community center and worship space for the local Muslim Sudanese community. There is also a Christian Sudanese community that uses our chapel for Sunday services.


San Diego–St Mark’s City Heights and the Episcopal Refugee Network both do work w/ some Karen refugees.

–Gillian Barr

Support the Café
Past Posts

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café