At our February 7 Presbytery meeting, we affirmed our covenantal commitment to offering welcome to all. We remembered that we follow Christ who was himself a refugee. We joined our voices in support of a resolution to register our dissent with the Executive Order suspending visas and reentry for people from seven nations.
You can read the resolution here:
Whereas, the President of the United States, by Executive Order on January 27, 2017 has suspended visas or restricted entry for Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen (in essence banning the majority of Muslim Refugees) entering into the United States, which serves to further harm those who are the very victims of terrorism, genocide, religious and gender-based persecution, and civil war
And whereas, this suspension contradicts the very foundations of our biblical faith to welcome the stranger and give safe haven to the refugee,
And whereas, Jesus himself, with his family, began life as a refugee,
Be it resolved, the Presbytery of San Francisco, of the Presbyterian Church (USA), meeting on this 7th day of February decries any policy that discriminates against refugees and asylees by nationality, race, or religion, as immoral, and contrary to US tradition and our understanding of the Biblical great ends of the Church
And further, urges the President to rescind this Executive Order and restore the integrity and values of compassion and hospitality essential to our identity as a nation.