Midweek Musings: Cape Ann clergy respond to immigration order

Gloucester Daily Times Midweek Musings Feb 7, 2017

You are not to wrong or oppress an alien, because you were aliens in the land of Egypt.

—  Exodus 22:21

With sadness and resolve we add our names to the thousands of clergy and people of faith who have spoken out against the recent executive order temporarily suspending immigration and refugee resettlement from seven majority Muslim nations. We believe this action is discriminatory and shows hostility toward our nation’s founding principles. Rather than protect us, we believe it will weaken us and lead to increased conflict and violence.

All of our faith traditions teach us that we must stand against oppression and protect the most vulnerable and despised in our society. Our identity as citizens of the United States includes a pride that our nation can be a refuge of hope and freedom for those in need. We reject any effort to shut our nation’s doors on the most vulnerable. We recommit ourselves to the work of protecting and advancing the dignity of all human beings and fulfilling the vision of the prophet Isaiah: “If you give yourself to the hungry, and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday.” (58:10)

Fr. Jim Achadinha, pastor, The Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport
The Rev. Thomas L. Bentley, pastor, Trinity Congregational Church UCC
The Rev. Anne Deneen, pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Gloucester, MA (ELCA)
Deacon Dan Dunn, Catholic Community of Gloucester and Rockport
The Rev. Alice W. Erickson, UCC
The Reverend Wendy Fitting, minister emeritus, Unitarian Universalist Church, Gloucester
The Rev. Paul Flammia, pastor, Sacred Heart Church Manchester by the Sea and St. John’s Church, Essex
Very Rev. Ronald J. Gariboldi, V. F., retired co-pastor, Holy Family Parish, Gloucester
The Rev. Mike Gelsomini, pastor, West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC
The Rev. Derek van Gulden, pastor, First Congregational Church of Rockport, UCC
The Rev. Bret B. Hays, rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Abram Kielsmeier-Jones, pastor of Union Congregational Church, Magnolia
The Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault, M.Div., interfaith minister, Rockport
Rabbi Steven A. Lewis, Temple Ahavat Achim, Gloucester
The Rev. Art McDonald, minister, Universalist Church of Essex
The Rev Susan Moran, minister, Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport
The Rev. David C. Myers, pastor, Rockport and Gloucester United Methodist churches
The Rev. Janet D. Parsons, minister, Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
The Rev. John R. Sachs, SJ, Eastern Point Retreat House
The Rev. Rona Tyndall, UCC
The Rev. Karin E. Wade, rector, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Rockport
The Rev. Deirdre Greenwood White, pastor, Annisquam Village Church
The Rev. Richard H. White, teaching elder, Presbyterian Church (USA)
The Rev. Dr. Timothy M. Ziegenhals, First Congregational Church of Essex

Midweek Musings is a column rotated among Cape Ann clergy.

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