The following is a statement sent out by the Moravian Unity on January 15, 2018 in response to comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump regarding countries in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean.
What do Moravians say about refugees?
Tuesday, June 20th is National Refugee Day. On this day, we may ask the question: what do Moravians say about refugees? In 2016 the Unity Synod of our worldwide Moravian Church met in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Aug. 12-20, 2016 and passed a resolution concerning refugees. About 70 delegates from 26 Unity and Mission Provinces participated, in addition to invited guests, Synod staff and observers. This synod made statements about a number of important, global issues, addressing food speculation, refugees, human trafficking, and terrorism and violent attacks. It is important to take a moment to reflect on each one of these issues, but today we urge you to think about the refugee crisis in the world. All of over the world today, millions suffer as they are forced to flee their homes. International laws states that a refugee “is a person who has fled her country based on a well-founded fear of persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group”. The 2016 Unity Resolution Concerning Refugees shows us how the Moravian church thinks about this through the context of the Bible and Jesus’s love for humanity.