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Adult Formation resource for Epiphany from Episcopal Migration Ministries

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Episcopal Migration Ministries is offering a seven-lesson Epiphany curriculum for individuals and congregations.

Designed for adult Christian formation, the Epiphany Curriculum offers education and resources about asylum in the U.S., models of ministry to asylum seekers, and ways to get involved. “We are living at a time when refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants are often in the news and too often considered a political ‘issue.’ These people are not a political issue; they are human beings and children of God in desperate need. We can help meet those needs, while also lifting up people who are vulnerable so that they can stand on their own,” said Allison Duvall, manager for church relations and engagement. “Welcoming our neighbors as we would welcome Christ is not a political issue; it is an issue of our identity as followers of Jesus, as members of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, and as people who made promises at our baptisms.”

Click here for the Epiphany curriculum: https://episcopalmigrationministries.org/epiphany20/

Episcopal Migration Ministries is a ministry of The Episcopal Church and is one of nine national agencies responsible for resettling refugees in the United States in partnership with the government. Episcopal Migration Ministries currently has 13 affiliate offices in 12 states. In addition to its long-standing work in refugee resettlement ministry, Episcopal Migration Ministries is The Episcopal Church’s convening place for collaboration, education, and information-sharing on migration.

A Visit from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at St. Peter's, West Allis

At a recent Sunday service at St. Peter's, West Allis, our mission for social justice was at the forefront. Deacon Karen Buker invited Hassiem Abdullah Babatu of the Bait ul-Qadir Milwaukee chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to address St. Peter’s congregation.  

Hassiem arrived early with others in his community, and all shared in fellowship and a light brunch. Before the service began, Hassiem and others from his community formally addressed the congregation. 

Their message was quite familiar but always good to hear: Love for all. Hatred for none. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s goal is to build bridges by connecting with people on a human level and helping them understand what we all have a lot in common. “We are what we do. And, in the next life, we will be judged by our actions. Our actions remain here.”  

photo credit: Karen Buker

We also learned the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community faces violent persecution in many Muslim countries from extremist radicals who have perverted Islamic teaching, creating misconceptions and misinterpretations of jihad or “struggle.”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community staunchly rejects the notion of violent jihad. They believe the greater jihad is the jihad of reforming oneself. This prepares one for the ultimate jihad, serving mankind. 

Upon conclusion of their commentary, we proceeded with worship and Eucharist. After the closing hymn and dismissal, those from Ahmadiyya Muslim Community stayed with us for extended conversations. We sought first to understand rather than be understood. We found we all believe that love begets justice. And justice will ultimately beget peace.

Members of St. Peter’s have been invited to visit the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Bait ul-Qadir Mosque on Friday, November 29, to continue our conversations and share in their prayer service.

~Steve Elliot, Senior Warden
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
West Allis, Wisconsin

Photo credit: Karen Buker

Bishop Miller Speaks at Rally for Wisconsin Gun Safety Bills

"We are here, as Episcopalians, because we believe in the dignity of every human being. And the dignity of every human being includes keeping people safe." ~Bishop Steven A. Miller

Wisconson governor Tony Evers called a special legislative session to address Gun Violence. In particular, the governor was asking legislators to pass two bills: one to expand current background check laws and the other to create an extreme risk protection process or red flag law. According to a Marquette Law School pool, over 80% of Wisconsin citizens support this legislation and yet this legislation has been stalled for some time.

Bishop Miller, a convenor of Bishops United Against Gun Violence and member of the 80% Coalitionspoke at a news conference yesterday morning at the Capitol demanding that Wisconsin legislative leaders allow a vote on the gun violence proposals. His speech begins around the three-minute mark. He also spoke with WFDL yesterday morning ahead of the rally yesterday.

Read more about it on the Episcopal News Service.

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