I write to you this day broken-hearted. Vulnerable people, especially children are being mistreated, neglected, and are, tragically, even dying at our nation’s border. What is happening at detention centers is inhumane, deplorable and counter to the teachings of Jesus Christ, who tells us, “just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
Since being called as your bishop, I have gathered with so many of you. As we have renewed our baptismal promises, I am often indicted by the words “will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” I have been struck by your commitment to the communities you serve and your generosity of spirit. I imagine as you see news of these tragedies occurring within our own country that you may be confused, hurt, and seeking ways to ensure all people, and especially vulnerable children, are safe, secure, and receiving the care that they need. I encourage you to get involved in any of the following ways:
- Partner with the Diocese of Texas to send supplies to the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX.
- Support Immigration Ministries in the Diocese of West Texas.
- Join Partners in Welcome, an online learning and networking community from Episcopal Migration Ministries that works to support refugees and asylum-seekers.
- Learn more about immigration and refugee resettlement from the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations.
And I also encourage you to pray–pray for the people who are being detained, especially the children. Pray for those who are entrusted with providing care. Pray for the people who are ministering to them. Pray for our country and its leaders.
Let us continue to reach out in love and strengthen the bonds that unite us.
The Rt. Rev. Kevin D. Nichols
Bishop of Bethlehem
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