Media Release: Gov. Laura Kelly’s continued support of refugee resettlement in Kansas
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas would like to thank Gov. Laura Kelly for her continued support of refugee resettlement in Kansas and her understanding of the importance of welcoming the vulnerable and persecuted.
“Welcoming the stranger and loving your neighbor as yourself are two of the most deeply held tenets of our faith,” said Bishop Mark Cowell. “Forced migration – forced refugees – is a crisis in our world, and we must not retreat from the values that lie at the foundation of our faith. We must continue to step forward, hands extended in welcome, to protect those who are fleeing violence and persecution.”
On November 27, 2019, Gov. Kelly announced that Kansas will continue to accept refugees. The Episcopal Church, through Episcopal Migration Ministries, is an active partner in refugee resettlement.
“We’re pleased Gov. Laura Kelly understands how being a welcoming state to refugees and immigrants is central to who we are in Kansas,” Cowell said. “Many of our grandparents came to the United States to escape persecution and were offered the opportunity to become Americans, to become Kansans. We must keep this legacy alive for today’s refugees and create the kind of welcoming state that Kansas has always been.”
The Rt. Rev. Mark Cowell
Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas