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Bishops’ Statement from the Border Ministries Summit

As bishops of the Anglican Communion in the Americas participating in the Borderlands Summit 2020 we offer the following statement.

 

As teachers of the faith, we remind the church that the Bible is full of stories of immigrants, exiles, and refugees and consistently God is with them. We invite the church to study the stories of Abraham and Sarah, Joseph, Moses, Ruth and Naomi, the exile, and note the location and direction of God’s presence. We invite the church to study the New Testament from the perspective of immigration. We note that the word of God immigrated into our reality in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. Before he could walk and talk his parents were forced to flee their home to protect his life. The presence of God in Jesus is not about dividing people but removing the barriers between people.

 

Regardless of our different national political situations and views, we can agree we now face a migration crisis.

 

As leaders of the church, we are committed to participating in God’s restorative work in the world.

 

As keynote speaker Jon Huckins reminded us, privilege is an ability to walk away from the experience and brokenness of others. We call upon our church not to exercise our privilege to walk away, but to follow Jesus’ teaching to step towards those who cannot walk away. We commit to meet them where they are and accompany them where they are going, in practical and effective ways.

 

We commit to four key spiritual practices of everyday peacemaking
  • To see – to see the humanity, dignity, and image of God in everyone;
  • To immerse – to step out of comfort into reality – to move toward the pain and brokenness with tools to heal and transform, not to win or destroy;
  • To contend – to participate with God in making real the kingdom of God by standing up to the practices and systems which threaten others, to contend for others in ways which are costly to us, and to leverage our resources for systemic change.
  • To restore – to celebrate the big and small ways God is restoring our broken world.
  • Specifically we commit our dioceses to the following actions and we invite the wider church to join us.
  • We will listen to the stories of actual immigrants – not to hear about them but to hear from them directly.
  • We will offer not our charity but our solidarity, building relationships with migrants and their families, strengthening our relationships between our dioceses, and building networks of support and resources all up and down the Americas.
  • We will advocate for policies that embrace immigrants as human beings and beloved children of God – helping them work, live and flourish, and for economic relief in the face of storms, political unrest, the drug trade, human trafficking and poverty.
We give thanks for the journey that we are undertaking together, for the new relationships we are forming, and for the work that lies ahead, knowing that Christ walks with us and redeems all suffering.
We place our hope in the risen Christ who leads us into the joy of His kingdom.
Issued on the Feast of Christ the King 2020.
  • The Most Rev. Julio Murray Thompson – Primate of Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America and Bishop of Panama
  • The Most Rev. Enrique Trevino Cruz, Presiding Bishop of Mexico and Bishop of Cuernavaca
  • The Rt. Rev. Lloyd Allen – Bishop of Honduras
  • The Rt. Rev. David Alvarado – Bishop of El Salvador
  • The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook – Bishop of San Diego
  • The Rt. Rev. Diane Bruce – Bishop Suffragan of Los Angeles
  • The Rt. Rev. Ricardo Gomez Osnaya – Bishop of Western Mexico
  • The Rt. Rev. Michael Hunn – Bishop of Rio Grande
  • The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Reddall – Bishop of Arizona
  • The Rt. Rev. David Rice – Bishop of San Joaquin
  • The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel – Bishop of Olympia
  • The Rt. Rev. Silvestre Romero – Bishop of Guatemala
  • The Rt. Rev. John Taylor bestil viagra online sternocleidomastoid bestil – Bishop of Los Angeles
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Como obispos de la Comunión Anglicana en las Américas que participan en la Cumbre Fronteriza 2020 ofrecemos la siguiente declaración.

 

Como maestros de la fe, le recordamos a la iglesia que la Biblia está llena de historias de inmigrantes, exiliados y refugiados y que Dios está constantemente con ellos. Invitamos a la iglesia a estudiar las historias de Abraham y Sara, José, Moisés, Rut y Noemí, el exilio, y observar la ubicación y dirección de la presencia de Dios. Invitamos a la iglesia a estudiar el Nuevo Testamento desde la perspectiva de la inmigración. Notamos que la palabra de Dios inmigró a nuestra realidad en la persona de Jesús de Nazaret. Antes de que pudiera caminar y hablar, sus padres se vieron obligados a huir de su hogar para proteger su vida. La presencia de Dios en Jesús no se trata de dividir a las personas, sino de eliminar las barreras entre las personas.

 

Independientemente de nuestras diferentes situaciones y opiniones políticas nacionales, podemos estar de acuerdo en que ahora enfrentamos una crisis migratoria.

 

Como líderes de la iglesia, estamos comprometidos a participar en la obra restauradora de Dios en el mundo.

 

Como nos recordó el orador principal Jon Huckins, el privilegio es la capacidad de alejarse de la experiencia y el quebrantamiento de los demás. Pedimos a nuestra iglesia que no ejerzamos nuestro privilegio de alejarnos, sino que sigamos las enseñanzas de Jesús de dar un paso hacia aquellos que no pueden alejarse. Nos comprometemos a encontrarlos donde están y acompañarlos a donde van, de forma práctica y eficaz.

 

Nos comprometemos con cuatro prácticas espirituales claves en la consecución de la paz:
  • Ver – ver la humanidad, la dignidad y la imagen de Dios en todos;
  • Involucrarse- salir de la comodidad a la realidad – moverse hacia el dolor y el quebrantamiento con herramientas para sanar y transformar, no para ganar o destruir;
  • Luchar: participar con Dios en hacer realidad el reino de Dios al hacer frente a las prácticas y sistemas que amenazan a los demás, luchar por los demás en formas que podrían ser costosas para nosotros y aprovechar nuestros recursos para un cambio sistémico.
  • Restaurar: celebrar las grandes y pequeñas formas en que Dios está restaurando nuestro mundo quebrantado.
  • Específicamente, comprometemos a nuestras diócesis con las siguientes acciones e invitamos a la iglesia en general a unirse a nosotros.
  • Escucharemos las historias de inmigrantes reales – no para escuchar sobre ellos, sino para escuchar directamente de ellos.
  • Ofreceremos no nuestra caridad sino nuestra solidaridad, construyendo relaciones con los migrantes y sus familias, fortaleciendo nuestras relaciones entre nuestras diócesis y construyendo redes de apoyo y recursos en todo el continente americano.
  • Abogaremos por políticas que adopten a los inmigrantes como seres humanos y amados hijos e hijas de Dios, ayudándolos a trabajar, vivir y prosperar, y por un alivio económico frente a las tormentas, los disturbios políticos, el tráfico de drogas, la trata de personas y la pobreza.
Damos gracias por el camino que emprendemos juntos, por las nuevas relaciones que estamos formando y por el trabajo que tenemos por delante, sabiendo que Cristo camina con nosotros y redime todo sufrimiento.
Ponemos nuestra esperanza en el Cristo resucitado que nos conduce al gozo de su reino.
Publicado en la Fiesta de Cristo Rey del 2020.
  • The Most Rev. Julio Murray Thompson – Primate of Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America and Obispa de Panama
  • The Most Rev. Enrique Trevino Cruz – Primate of Mexico y Obispo de Cuernavaca
  • The Rt. Rev. Lloyd Allen – Obispo de Honduras
  • The Rt. Rev. David Alvarado – Obispo de El Salvador
  • The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook – Obispa de San Diego
  • The Rt. Rev. Diane Bruce – Obispa Sufráganea de Los Angeles
  • The Rt. Rev. Ricardo Gomez Osnaya – Obispo de Western Mexico
  • The Rt. Rev. Michael Hunn – Obispo de Rio Grande
  • The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Reddall – Obispa de Arizona
  • The Rt. Rev. David Rice – Obispo de San Joaquin
  • The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel – Obispo de Olympia
  • The Rt. Rev. Silvestre Romero – Obispo de Guatemala
  •  The Rt. Rev. John Taylor – Obispo de Los Angeles

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