Motion in Support of Extravagant Welcome to Immigrants and Refugees of All Faiths
Approved January 29, 2017 at the Congregational Meeting
The people of Westmoreland took a faithful, compassionate stance, voting unanimously in favor of a motion to oppose the executive order that bans travel to the United States by people from certain countries. The travel ban runs counter to the scriptural Christian call to love our neighbor, accompany the vulnerable, and welcome the stranger. Our motion outlines specific ways that church members can act on our call to show faith-based hospitality. In the coming days and weeks, the Westmoreland staff and leadership will be carrying out parts of this motion and suggesting ways that all church members may add their voices. Please read the motion and email Rev. Tutt with your feedback and action ideas.
Here's a first step for how you may be involved. Call your United States Senators or Representative in the U.S. House. Ask them their views on this executive order. If they agree with you, thank them for their views, and let them know of the stance your church has taken. If they disagree with you or have not yet made up their mind, kindly inform them of your views, and let them know of the stance your church has taken. You may find contact information for elected officials clicking the button below.
United Church of Christ on Immigration
In a world becoming increasingly globalized, more people are leaving their homelands to seek better lives and opportunities in new countries. Their reasons for leaving are diverse and complex: economic necessity, war, or persecution. The U.S. has long been a nation of immigrants and we have consistently been conflicted about this. We gratefully welcome immigrants and their contributions, and we exclude them, discriminate against them and, at times, inflict grave harm upon them.
As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. We will learn how to respond to these new sisters and brothers residing among us.
“Many of our congregations in the United Church of Christ are involved in welcoming refugees and aiding in the resettlement and integration process. It is part of our faith tradition and a moral imperative to serve those who have faced life threatening, trauma and extreme injustice. We cannot condone excluding people based on their nationality or religious background, but instead must work towards inclusivity and justice for all, no matter where they are on life’s journey. The UCC will continue to be in solidarity with refugees as we advocate for policies that welcome all people.”
- Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ
- See more statements from Church World Service, refugee leaders, and heads of communion of key religious denominations here.
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- Want to take action on the justice issues you care about, including immigration and refugees? Join UCC's Justice and Peace Action Network (JPAN) here.