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Presiding Bishop and other Episcopal bishops support President Obama’s immigration executive action

Presiding Bishop and other Episcopal bishops support President Obama’s immigration executive action

In a show of support for a legal path to immigration, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and one hundred Episcopal Bishops have issued a joint statement in favor of President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

The action is less binding than the order that some pundits thought the President would enact. Instead of a set of directives, it’s a statement of intent and purpose, which may be adhered to with variations in exactitude.

The exact components are listed in an infographic on whitehouse.gov, and the Washington Post also provided an in-depth analysis in November.

The statement:

Together with families and communities across the United States, I give thanks for President Obama’s announcement that nearly five million undocumented immigrants will soon be eligible for relief from the threat of deportation. Too many families have lived for too long continually worried about parents being separated from children, wage-earners and caregivers from those who depend on them, and unable to participate fully in their communities and the nation’s economy. Permanent and comprehensive reform of our broken immigration system through congressional action is still urgently needed, but the President’s action is a constructive step toward a system that honors the dignity and intrinsic value of every human being. It will immediately strengthen our nation’s communities by allowing immigrant families much fuller participation in American civic and economic life.

The Episcopal Church will work with Congressional leaders and the White House to press for implementation of the President’s plan as quickly, fairly, and inclusively as possible. The President’s plan is not perfect. Some deserving persons and families are excluded, meaning that additional work lies ahead. All persons equally deserve the ability to pursue their dreams and contribute to their communities and families with liberty, dignity, and freedom. I pray that the President’s action will lead our nation toward a future in which those sacred possibilities are open to all.

The Episcopal Church issued a press release and the full list of signatories on their website.

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John Chilton

Jeff,

Our church certainly agreed with you prior to the Civil War.

Slavery was a taboo topic in the church North and South on the logic that discussion would harm church unity which was we worshiped above all else.

Because we chose not to talk about slavery we also chose not to weigh in on any other "political" issues. But political issues are at their heart about what kind of country we wish to be.

I myself have libertarian leanings and reservations about the scope of the role of government. But I also know I don't have all the answers. The church should find and keep its voice in "politics" not to support candidates, but to look at and sometimes take a position on issues. Always we can and must ask, what is the Christian response?

Our faith isn't merely about individual salvation. Bringing about the Kingdom of God is a process in which we are partners with God here and now.

I apologize if I overprojected on your brief statement attitudes or beliefs that you do not hold.

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Jeff Hall

The Church does not need to be involved in politics.

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Chaz Brooks

"The Episcopal Church will work with Congressional leaders and the White House to press for implementation of the President’s plan as quickly, fairly, and inclusively as possible."

Good Lord. Are our leaders really that deluded about the influence of our little sect?

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Ann Fontaine

Actually we do still have influence as many of our members are actively supporting their local legislators to do the right thing. The other piece is the message it sends to members of our church who are recent immigrants (a bright spot in TEC membership numbers). I know that at our church these members are excited to see the bishops supporting them and their families in this way.

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