Press Statement

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1 FEBRUARY 2017:

A joint statement by leaders of Anglican mission agencies following President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

‘For I was a stranger and you welcomed me.’ (St. Matthew 25:43)

As leaders of a number of the Church of England’s mission agencies we wish to express our profound concern at recent events in the USA.

We are proud of the role that together we have played in making the good news of Jesus Christ known both in England and in the wider world. We know however that in our own activities we have sometimes acted with prejudice and discrimination, and of that we repent. We understand President Trump’s desire to protect America from extremism but we do not accept that it is ever right to discriminate against people simply on the basis of their ethnicity, religion or country of origin.

We call on the British and other governments not only to seek exceptions for its own citizens but justice for all. We call on the US Government to reverse its current policy and to renew its commitment to freedom for all. And we ourselves recommit ourselves to be builders of a Kingdom where, ‘there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus’ (Galatians 3:28)

 

Rev Richard Bromley, Intercontinental Church Society

Rev Alex Jacob, The Church’s Ministry among Jewish People

Canon Philip Mounstephen, Church Mission Society

Janette O’Neill, USPG

Sam Richardson, SPCK

Canon Mark Russell, Church Army

Canon Andrew Wright, Mission to Seafarers

 

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Note to Editors: The ten mission agencies listed above form the Church of England’s ‘Partnership for World Mission’ and have been the major means by which the Christian faith was spread to create the Anglican Communion today.

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