FAITH LEADER STATEMENT ON FAMILY SEPARATION

    Recently, the Administration announced that it will begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. As religious leaders representing diverse faith perspectives, united in our concern for the wellbeing of vulnerable migrants who cross our borders fleeing from danger and threats to their lives, we are deeply disappointed and pained to hear this news.

    We affirm the family as a foundational societal structure to support human community and understand the household as an estate blessed by God. The security of the family provides critical mental, physical and emotional support to the development and wellbeing of children. Our congregations and agencies serve many migrant families that have recently arrived in the United States. Leaving their communities is often the only option they have to provide safety for their children and protect them from harm. Tearing children away from parents who have made a dangerous journey to provide a safe and sufficient life for them is unnecessarily cruel and detrimental to the well-being of parents and children.

    As we continue to serve and love our neighbor, we pray for the children and families that will suffer due to this policy and urge the Administration to stop their policy of separating families.

    His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian
    Diocesan Legate and Director of the Ecumenical Office
    Diocese of the Armenian Church of America

    Mr. Azhar Azeez
    President
    Islamic Society of North America

    The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera
    Bishop of Scranton, PA
    Chair, Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

    Senior Bishop George E. Battle, Jr.
    Presiding Prelate, Piedmont Episcopal District
    African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

    The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
    Presiding Bishop
    Episcopal Church (United States)

    The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer
    General Minister & President
    United Church of Christ

    The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
    Presiding Bishop
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

    The Rev. David Guthrie
    President, Provincial Elders’ Conference
    Moravian Church Southern Province

    Mr. Glen Guyton
    Executive Director
    Mennonite Church USA

    The Rev. Teresa Hord Owens
    General Minister and President
    Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

    Rabbi Rick Jacobs
    President
    Union for Reform Judaism

    Mr. Anwar Khan
    President
    Islamic Relief USA

    The Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller
    President, Provincial Elders’ Conference
    Moravian Church Northern Province

    The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II
    Stated Clerk
    Presbyterian Church (USA)

    Rabbi Jonah Pesner
    Director
    Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

    The Rev. Don Poest
    Interim General Secretary
    The Rev. Eddy Alemán
    Candidate for General Secretary
    Reformed Church in America

    Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick III
    Presiding Bishop, The Eighth Episcopal District
    Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

    The Rev. Phil Tom
    Executive Director
    International Council of Community Churches

    Senior Bishop McKinley Young
    Presiding Prelate, Third Episcopal District
    African Methodist Episcopal Church