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Open Letter from Ecumenical Leaders Concerning Syrian Refugees

Ecumenical Leaders throughout Kentucky
Share This Statement of Welcome Regarding Syrian Refugees
God is both refuge and strength for us, a help always ready in trouble. Ps 46:1 (New Jerusalem Bible)
Not unlike the days after September 11, 2001 and in World War II, we find ourselves faced with acts of violence. It is a very natural reaction to be afraid in the midst and aftermath of these types of acts, but we find that we are called, as followers of Jesus Christ, to remember that refuge for all people is found in God, and not in fear.
We continue to pray for all who died and were affected by the tragic acts that have rocked France, Lebanon and other sites throughout the world in these last weeks. We know though, that those who have fled war-torn Syria are truly in need of refuge. And in recent days we have heard some voices from state and federal leaders who no longer wish to allow these refugees forced from their homes the alternative of a safe haven in the United States, and even in our own Commonwealth. The children, women, and men of Syria are victims of terror, as well, and we strongly urge that Kentucky can continue to be a safe haven for refugees to begin their lives again, as Kentucky has been welcoming refugees from war-torn nations for many years.
It is always helpful to note that it usually takes a refugee 18-24 months to complete the extremely thorough
screening process before a refugee from any country can enter the United States. We urge our government agencies to be as thorough as possible in these screening efforts, but we wish always to be a community that welcomes the refugee.
Kentucky is a Commonwealth that has been enriched by the lives of refugees being resettled here. Jesus, a refugee who fled to Egypt himself, calls us to welcome the stranger. We call on the leaders of Kentucky to continue to welcome the Syrian refugees who desperately need our help. God is the refuge and strength of all, and God empowers us to open our hearts and our doors to the ravaged refugees of Syria.
The Rev. J. Gregory Alexander
General Minister. Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in
The Rev. Dr. Rhonda Blevins
Executive Coordinator, Kentucky Baptist Fellowship
Bishop Lindsey Davis,
Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
The Most Rev. Roger Foys
Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington
The Rev. Dr. William O. Gafkjen,
Bishop, Indiana-Kentucky Synod, Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America
The Rt. Rev. W. Douglas Hahn.
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Lexington
The Rev. R. Philip Hart
Consulting Conference Minister, The Indiana-Kentucky
Conference of the United Church of Christ
The Rev. Dr. Peggy Hinds
Interim Executive Director, Kentucky Council of Churches
The Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz
Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville
Bishop Jeffrey N. Leath
African Methodist Episcopal Church, Kentucky and Tennessee
The Rev. Philip Lotspeich,
General Presbyter, Presbytery of Transylvania-PCUSA
The Most Rev. William Medley,
Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Owensboro
The Rev. John Odom,
Presbyter for Community Life, Presbytery of Mid-Kentucky-PCUSA
Bishop Darryl B. Starnes, Sr.
Mid-West Episcopal District of The African Methodist
Episcopal Zion Church
The Most Rev. John Stowe, OFM Conv.,
Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington
Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr.
Presiding Bishop, Second Episcopal District, Christian
Methodist Episcopal Church
The Rt. Rev. Terry Allen White,
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky



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Notes From Rev. Dr. Robert Hunt-KCC Annual Assembly

Please click here to view the notes from Rev. Dr. Robert Hunt's speech given at the 2015 Annual Assembly.



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