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Monday, January 12, 2015

EPISCOPAL NEWS SERVICE: Bishops offer support to President Obama's Immigration Executive Action


[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] One hundred Episcopal Church bishops have joined Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in welcoming President Obama’s decision to offer relief from deportation to millions of undocumented community members and to reform certain harmful immigration enforcement policies.
“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,” the letter states.
In the statement, the Presiding Bishop and the bishops call upon the 114th Congress and the Obama Administration to work together to implement the executive orders quickly, fairly, and inclusively, and ask that Congress and the Administration continue to work together in pursuit of just and permanent solutions to our nation’s broken immigration system.
The statement will be sent to members of the 114th Congress and to the White House.
The statement and the signatories follow:
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 Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
The Right Rev. Stacy F. Sauls
Chief Operating Officer
The Episcopal Church
The Right Rev. James B. Magness
Bishop Suffragan for Armed Forces and Federal Ministries
Arizona
The Right Rev. Kirk Stevan Smith, Ph.D, D. D.
Bishop of Arizona
Arkansas
The Right Rev. Larry Benfield
Bishop of Arkansas
California
The Right Rev. Marc Andrus
Bishop of California
The Right Rev. J. Jon Bruno, D.D.
Bishop of Los Angeles
The Right Rev. Diane M. Jardine Bruce
Bishop Suffragan of Los Angeles
The Right Rev. Mary D. Glasspool
Bishop Suffragan of Los Angeles
The Right Rev. Frederick H. Borsch
V Bishop of Los Angeles
The Right Rev. Barry L. Beisner
Bishop of Northern California
The Right Rev. James R. Mathes
Bishop of San Diego
The Right Rev. David C. Rice
Bishop of San Joaquin
Colorado
The Right Rev. Robert O’Neill
Bishop of Colorado
Connecticut
The Right Rev. Andrew D. Smith
XIV Bishop of Connecticut
The Right Rev. James E. Curry
Bishop Suffragan of Connecticut (Ret)
Delaware
The Right Rev. Wayne P. Wright
Bishop of Delaware
District of Columbia
The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde
Bishop of Washington
The Right Rev. John Bryson Chane
VIII Bishop of Washington
Florida
The Right Rev. William H. Folwell
II Bishop of Central Florida
The Right Rev. Philip M. Duncan II, D.Min.
Bishop of the Central Gulf Coast
The Right Rev. Leo Frade
Bishop of Southeast Florida
The Right Rev. John L. Said
Bishop Suffragan of Southeast Florida (Ret)
The Right Rev. Rogers S. Harris
III Bishop of Southwest Florida
The Right Rev. J. Michael Garrison
Assisting Bishop of Southwest Florida
(X Bishop of Western New York)
The Right Rev. Barry R. Howe
Assisting Bishop of Southwest Florida
(VII Bishop of West Missouri)
Hawaii
The Right Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick
Bishop of Hawaii and the Episcopal Church in Micronesia
The Right Rev. Richard S.O. Chang
X Bishop of Hawaii
Idaho
The Right Rev. Brian Thom
Bishop of Idaho
Illinois
The Right Rev. C. Christopher Epting
Assisting Bishop of Chicago
(VII Bishop of Iowa)
Indiana
The Right Rev. Catherine Waynick
Bishop of Indianapolis
Kansas
The Right Rev. Dean E. Wolfe
Vice President of the House of Bishops, Bishop of Kansas
The Right Rev. William E. Smalley
VIII Bishop of Kansas
Kentucky
The Right Rev. David B. Reed
VI Bishop of Kentucky
The Right Rev. Douglas Hahn, D. Min.
Bishop of Lexington
Maine
The Right Rev. Stephen T. Lane
Bishop of Maine
Maryland
The Right Rev. Martin G. Townsend
IX Bishop of Easton
The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton
Bishop of Maryland
Massachusetts
The Right Rev. Bud Cederholm
Bishop Suffragan of Massachusetts (Ret)
The Right Rev. Douglas Fisher
Bishop of Western Massachusetts
The Right Rev. Gordon P. Scruton
VIII Bishop of Western Massachusetts
Michigan
The Right Rev. Todd Ousley
Bishop of Eastern Michigan
The Right Rev. Dr. Edwin M. Leidel, Jr.
I Bishop of Eastern Michigan
The Right Rev. Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr.
Bishop of Michigan
The Right Rev. R Stewart Wood, Jr.
IX Bishop of Michigan
The Right Rev. Rayford Ray
Bishop of Northern Michigan
Minnesota
The Right Rev. Brian N. Prior
Bishop of Minnesota
Missouri
The Right Rev. Hays Rockwell
IX Bishop of Missouri
The Right Rev. Martin S. Field
Bishop of West Missouri
Montana
The Right Rev. Charles I. Jones, DD
VIII Bishop of Montana
Navajoland Area Mission
The Right Rev. David E. Bailey
Bishop of Navajoland Area Mission
Nebraska
The Right Rev. Joe Goodwin Burnett
X Bishop of Nebraska
New Hampshire
The Right Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld
Bishop of New Hampshire
The Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson
IX Bishop of New Hampshire
New Jersey
The Right Rev. Mark M. Beckwith
Bishop of Newark
New Mexico
The Right Rev. Dr. Michael Louis Vono
Bishop of the Rio Grande
New York
The Right Rev. Gladstone B. Adams III
Bishop of Central New York
The Right Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano
Bishop of Long Island
The Right Rev. Chilton Knudsen
Assisting Bishop of Long Island
(VII Bishop of Maine)
The Right Rev. Prince G. Singh
Bishop of Rochester
The Right Rev. Jack M. McKelvey
VII Bishop of Rochester
North Carolina
The Right Rev. Michael Bruce Curry
Bishop of North Carolina
The Right Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple
Bishop Suffragan of North Carolina
The Right Rev. J. Gary Gloster
Bishop Suffragan of North Carolina (Ret)
The Right Rev. G. Porter Taylor
Bishop of Western North Carolina
The Right Rev. Robert Johnson
V Bishop of Western North Carolina
North Dakota
The Right Rev. Harold A. Hopkins, Jr.
IX Bishop of North Dakota
Ohio
The Right Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr.
Bishop of Ohio
The Right Rev. David C. Bowman
Assisting Bishop of Ohio
(IX Bishop of Western New York)
The Right Rev. William D. Persell
Assisting Bishop of Ohio
(XI Bishop of Chicago)
The Right Rev. Arthur B. Williams, Jr.
Bishop Suffragan of Ohio (Ret)
The Right Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal
Bishop of Southern Ohio
Oregon
The Right Rev. Bavi Edna Rivera
Provisional Bishop of Eastern Oregon
The Right Rev. William O. Gregg, Ph.D.
VI Bishop of Eastern Oregon
The Right Rev. Michael J. Hanley
Bishop of Oregon
Pennsylvania
The Right Rev. Robert R. Gepert
Provisional Bishop of Central Pennsylvania
The Right Rev. Nathan D. Baxter
X Bishop of Central Pennsylvania
The Right Rev. Charlie F. McNutt, Jr.
VIII Bishop of Central Pennsylvania
The Right Rev. Clifton Daniel
Bishop of Pennsylvania
(VII Bishop of East Carolina)
The Right Rev. Charles E. Bennison, Jr.
XV Bishop of Pennsylvania
The Right Rev. Allen Bartlett
XIV Bishop of Pennsylvania
The Right Rev. Rodney R. Michel
Assisting Bishop of Pennsylvania
(Bishop Suffragan of Long Island (Ret))
The Right Rev. Edward L. Lee, Jr.
Assisting Bishop of Pennsylvania
(VII Bishop of Western Michigan)
Rhode Island
The Right Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely
Bishop of Rhode Island
South Carolina
The Right Rev. W. Andrew Waldo
Bishop of Upper South Carolina
Tennessee
The Right Rev. George D. Young, III
Bishop of East Tennessee
The Right Rev. Don E. Johnson
Bishop of West Tennessee
The Right Rev. James M. Coleman
II Bishop of West Tennessee
Texas
The Right Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr.
Provisional Bishop of Fort Worth
The Right Rev. J. Scott Mayer
Bishop of Northwest Texas
The Right Rev. C. Andrew Doyle
Bishop of Texas
Vermont
The Right Rev. Thomas C. Ely
Bishop of Vermont
Virginia
The Right Rev. Frank Neff Powell
V Bishop of Southwestern Virginia
The Right Rev. Susan E. Goff
Bishop Suffragan of Virginia
Washington
The Right Rev. Gregory H. Rickel
Bishop of Olympia
The Right Rev. Sanford Z. K. Hampton
Assisting Bishop of Olympia
The Right Rev. James E. Waggoner, Jr.
Bishop of Spokane
West Virginia
The Right Rev. William Klusmeyer
Bishop of West Virginia
Wyoming
The Right Rev. Bob G. Jones
VII Bishop of Wyoming
Europe
The Right Rev. Pierre W. Whalon
Bishop of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
Haiti
The Right Rev. Jean Zache Duracin
Bishop of Haiti
For more information contact Katherine S. Conway, Immigration and Refugee Policy Anaylst,kconway@episcopalchurch.org

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