American Baptist Home Mission Societies urges American Baptists to stand with refugees
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/19/18)—Concerned regarding the current global refugee crisis, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) urges American Baptists to join in solidarity with and speak out on behalf of refugees.
According to ABHMS partner Church World Service (CWS), the current U.S. administration will resettle only 20,000 refugees this fiscal year—falling short of its own low refugee-admissions goal of 45,000. By March 31, says CWS, the administration will have resettled less than 10,000 refugees.
ABHMS stands with CWS in its effort to hold the administration accountable to resettle at least 45,000 refugees this year. In addition, ABHMS backs CWS’ call for the administration to set next year’s admissions goal at a minimum of 75,000.
How you can help
American Baptists are encouraged to consider the “Top Five Ways to Take Action”:
- call your senators and representatives during National Call-in Day on March 28;
- host an interfaith #WhereRtheRefugees public witness event;
- visit members of Congress in district during their March 26-April 6 recess;
- write editorials and letters to the editor for local media outlets; and
- share on social media.
For detailed information, access the #WhereRtheRefugees toolkit online at bit.ly/WhereRtheRefugees.
American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.
American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.