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April 3, 2014
Be present, O merciful God, and protect us…so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may repose upon thy eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – Concluding Collect for Compline, Proposed Book of Common Prayer of 1928, Church of England Dear Fellow Advocate, The preceding collect, which appears in our present Prayer Book in...
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January 23, 2014
As we journey through the holy season of Epiphany, we at Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) are given pause to reflect on our call to the ministry of refugee resettlement. The image of the Holy Family in EMM’s logo takes on new resonance at this time of year, as we remember that we seek and serve Jesus in the refugee families who come to our shores. They are new holy families finding...
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January 23, 2014
On a recent cold, snowy night, a group of parishioners and refugee supporters gathered at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, Kentucky, to witness a heart-warming performance. The Kentucky Refugee Children’s choir – formed in 2013 through an initiative of EMM’s affiliate partners at Kentucky Refugee Ministries – performed a slate of three delightful songs. The choir is...
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January 23, 2014
When you speak with refugees about their initial experiences resettling in the United States, one of the first things they often describe is the difficult adjustment to a new climate. For newcomers from Africa, the Middle East, and other warm climates, the winter in northern American cities can be a brutal shock. Many have never seen snow, experienced freezing wind chills, or even owned a heavy...
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January 23, 2014
Sal Rubino’s family came to the United States as immigrants from Italy, and he grew up with the story of how hard work and perseverance made a better life possible in America. Rubino and his wife Cindy own and operate The Café, a popular breakfast and lunch restaurant in Louisville. Over the course of more than 10 years, they’ve built a strong working relationship with EMM...
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November 26, 2013
The stories in this newsletter all demonstrate the power of opportunity, of seizing the moment when it presents itself. In Lexington, Kentucky, refugees are realizing the opportunity represented by a new job. In Tucson, Arizona, an Episcopal school is extending the opportunity for a stellar education to a group of refugee students, and entire families are benefiting. And in communities around the...
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November 26, 2013
Researchers and leaders in a number of cities around the country are speaking out about the multifaceted benefits refugees and immigrants have had on their communities in recent weeks. A comprehensive study conducted in Cleveland, Ohio, revealed that refugee resettlement has been an economic and cultural boon to the city, stemming a loss of population and generating economic activity...
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November 26, 2013
October 2 was a happy day in the Lexington, Kentucky, offices of Kentucky Refugee Ministries. A visit from a supportive hiring manager from an environmental services firm ended with seven of the agency’s refugee clients securing their first full time jobs in the United States. Charles Smith works for Grothall Environmental Services, a company that provides cleaning and environmental...