Grave mistreatment of ethnic minorities, migrants, and refugees is on the rise both in the U.S. and globally in the midst of record migration across international borders. A group of Episcopal Church dioceses has responded by adopting Migration With Dignity resolutions. In light of our faith and of our church’s groundbreaking ongoing ministry to migrants, the resolutions call for a new positive framework to recognize and promote the dignity of refugees, asylum seekers, displaced persons, and those who cross borders seeking opportunity.
On December 13, the seminary hosted a panel to examine the background, the theology and the application of the Migration With Dignity framework.
- Carl Bruch – Senior Attorney, Director of International Programs at Environmental Law Institute
- The Rev. Cn. David Ulloa Chavez – Canon for Border Ministries at the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona
- Martin Dickinson – Co-chair, Neighbor-to-Neighbor at Washington National Cathedral
- The Rev. Ruth Meyers, PhD – Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific; Assisting Priest at All Souls Episcopal Parish, Berkeley, CA
These Migration With Dignity diocesan resolutions provide a needed positive general statement, reaffirming and updating the Episcopal Church’s overall, long-standing commitment to human rights as they pertain to just treatment of the world’s refugees, asylum-seekers, and all migrants. The key elements of the resolutions align with and can be derived from the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), whose lead author, Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, is recognized on the Human Rights Porch of the Washington National Cathedral. The Episcopal Church has strongly supported the Universal Declaration of Human Rights since it was proclaimed by the U.N. General Assembly in 1948.
The Migration With Dignity resolutions also accord with key positions of the Anglican Communion. As the Lambeth Human Dignity call (2022) sets forth, actions against the human dignity of God’s children, including those against migrants and refugees, are sin, and hospitality to all and faithfulness to each are key marks of a godly community.
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