We Choose Welcome

At their meeting on Monday, February 6, the North Church Session unanimously passed the following motion supporting refugees:

The Session of North Presbyterian Church, Williamsville, New York, representing its congregation, supports refugees and their continued resettlement in the United States.

As you know, North Church has been involved in refugee resettlement for many years. We currently have Iraqi refugee families in our congregation and are continuing to help the Eritrean family whose apartment we furnished last fall.

Here are links to Refugee Screening Process and Executive Order FAQ.

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations have consistently called the church to welcome refugees in the name of Jesus. This call began with the 160th General Assembly (1948) and continues through the 22nd General (2016).

J. Herbert Nelson II, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), released a statement condemning the order banning refugees’ entry into the U.S.:

“…With every choice of welcome we enter into relationship with people who become neighbors, friends, and family. No administration can convince us to fear.

We oppose this administration’s decision to prolong each and every refugee’s wait for a place to call home under the false pretense of security. We stand ready to welcome our new neighbors, friends, and family of all faiths and nations.”

Read the Clerk’s full statement.

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