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Ecumenical Ministries: Resettle all refugees

December 7, 2015

By Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

EMO affirms commitment to resettle all refugees

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) will continue to receive and resettle all refugees referred to its Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR) program.

“Our service to refugees is based upon a commitment to respond to the needs of the suffering in our world, regardless of race or religion,” stated Jan Elfers, interim executive director of EMO. “These values are deeply embedded in our mission. Refugees are fleeing their country of origin because of a well-founded fear of persecution and grave danger for reasons of race, religion, nationality or political opinion. Our nation has a long history of welcoming the oppressed and the persecuted. SOAR accepts refugees from all over the world, including war torn areas such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.”

EMO’s Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees has been resettling refugees since the 1970’s. The program provides comprehensive and compassionate resettlement services to hundreds of families and individuals every year. SOAR’s affiliate, Church World Service, is just one of ten national resettlement agencies; six of them are faith-based. Collectively, they all state that the U.S. vetting process for refugees is one of the most extensive and rigorous in the world. The United States was built on the principles of welcoming the refugee. EMO urges all people of goodwill, and especially our elected leaders, to remain true to these principles.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is a statewide association of Christian denominations, congregations, ecumenical organizations and interfaith partners working together to improve the lives of Oregonians through community ministry programs, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, environmental ministry and public policy advocacy.

  
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Bill Sizemore December 7, 2015

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is a far left organization consisting primarily of churches that reject the inerrancy of Scripture, the virgin birth and bodily resurrection and deity of Christ. I have watched them lobby in the state legislature many times and they are almost invariably on the side of liberal Democrats and give them the supposed credibility of having people of faith behind them. They may be people of faith, but the things they believe do not include the essential doctrines of biblical Christianity.

In my book, The Fractured Church, which is about true church unity, I talk about these churches in the chapter about the challenges these “churches that are not really churches” pose to fulfilling the prayer of Jesus that all of His followers be one.

Major newspapers in Oregon routinely identify EMO as representing the faith community, but in my opinion that label in demonstrably misleading.

Cheryl Eby December 7, 2015

I agree with Bill Sizemore’s comment totally. There are no churches at all in Ecumenical Ministries that subscribe to the truths laid out clearly in the Bible. In fact, they promote and advocate for every ungodly, unbiblical, vile and obscene practice. Why? Because they have thrown out the Bible as the inerrant and infallible word of God, and choose instead to follow manmade dogmas and creeds. This explains the significant decline in the liturgical, mainline denominations. People want to be fed God’s word, and they won’t get it there. In response to the article, we do not want these people here. They will become nothing more than a burden on an already overburdened society that is having a very hard time making ends meet, and to give these people endless freebies is deplorable. Where do we draw the line? Do we just welcome in every group claiming asylum without regard to the citizens’ wishes in this regard? Ecumenical Ministries would do well to continue to pander to the liberal church and its social agenda, and leave immigration to someone else.

Larry Sparks December 7, 2015

Ecumenical Ministries want the federal tax dollars to support their left wing ungodly agenda under the guise of humanism. The refugees arrive and apply for welfare benefits that cost Oregonians millions of dollars and then vote Democrat.

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