Episcopal Diocese of TN Resolution

180th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee
A Resolution Regarding Immigration

Whereas The Episcopal Church has claimed a particular place in seeking to build the divine vision of a just society through engagement with our political, economic and social structures, it is imperative for us to address the issue of immigration;

And whereas Our biblical tradition speaks prophetically about God’s intent for a healed society in which distinctions based on nationality or ethnicity are transcended [thirty-eight times in the Hebrew Bible (e.g., “Don’t obstruct the legal rights of an immigrant or an orphan” Deut 24:17)];

And whereas in the gospel of Matthew we are called by Jesus to welcome the stranger and to practice hospitality and to bring the light of Christ to bear on our communities [25:35 and 43 (among others)];

And whereas We in our diocese are enriched by the Korean, Burmese, Hispanic, Sudanese and other immigrants in our diocese whose gifts and talents contribute to our economic and spiritual health and well-being;

Therefore, be it resolved that the 180th Convention of the Diocese of Tennessee encourage our legislators to have compassion and to provide for fair treatment and protection of our state’s immigrant population;

Be it further resolved that the 180th Convention of the Diocese of Tennessee urge all people of faith to support immigrants in appreciation for their contributions to our economy and culture;

Be it further resolved that the 180th Convention of the Diocese of Tennessee call upon our congregations to stand with immigrants to advocate for their well-being and protection and to educate ourselves and our communities on the issues surrounding immigration.

Submitted by:
The Rev. Eric Greenwood, St. David’s, Nashville
The Rev. Ann Walling (Retired), St. David’s, Nashville
The Rev. Rick Britton, St. Ann’s, Nashville
The Rev. Ann Van Dervoort, St. Paul’s, Franklin
The Rev. Randy Hoover-Dempsey, All Saints’, Smyrna
The Rev. Vicki Burgess, St. Phillips, Nashville
The Rev. Bill Dennler, Holy Trinity, Nashville

This resolution was passed by the Annual Convention on Saturday, January 21, 2012.

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